SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team moved past the midway point of its spring practices on Thursday morning. Following practice, head coach Troy Taylor sat down to answer questions with hornetsports.com.
Q: You are eight practices into spring ball, is the team where you want it to be at this point?
A: "Whenever you take over a new program, you're not just installing new systems but also culture and expectations, and they are doing a good job."
Q: You moved spring practice back to a later date this year to focus on installing the offense and defenses in the classroom. How have the players transitioned to taking their classroom knowledge to the field?
A: "The guys have done a good job learning but when you get on the field everything is faster and there is more stress and anxiety which really tests your knowledge. We want to play fast and need to know (the systems) so well that we don't think about it. They are getting better, but they're not there yet."
Q: The tempo has been very fast in practice, when does the staff have time to correct mistakes?
A: "As a staff, we'll come back to the office and watch the practice completely. The players will then come back the next morning so we have a good block of time to analyze the tape. Typically what they think they did and what happened aren't the same thing. We spend a lot of time learning from the tape."
Q: What are some of the things you've liked so far?
A: "I love our attitude and I love our guys. We have good guys that want to do well and please us. They want to do be great and the willingness is there."
Q: You've worked with most of the offensive coaches in the past but don't have a lot of experience with the defensive coaches. How has that relationship been?
A: "I'm really proud of this staff. They are great football guys who are a lot of fun to be around. It's been a lot of fun."
Q: What are you trying to do in the final seven practices of the spring?
A: "For us, it's just moving through things until they get it and we can progress. There's not necessarily a schedule we are trying to get through it's more dependent on how fast they pick it up. Once they get it, we will add something else. We've got a lot in already and I'm not terribly worried about getting everything in this spring."