George O'Leary Post-Spring Game Quotes

April 17, 2010

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAtheltics.com) - After UCF's successful spring game at Bright House Networks Stadium Saturday, head coach George O'Leary met with the media to discuss his team's progress during the spring.

On the spring game:
"We had a chance to play everybody pretty much right from the first quarter on. We rolled the first, second and third units out there. I thought some kids really took an opportunity when they had the chance to. I was pleased with the quarterback play. I thought the execution [was good], we did not have a lot of penalties out there. Overall, I was pleased with the scrimmage and what took place."

On the play of quarterback Rob Calabrese:
"I think he did [have poise in the pocket]. I thought he made plays. That was what I was looking for when he broke away a couple of times. I thought he made some plays and used his feet. I thought all three quarterbacks [Calabrese, Jeffrey Godfrey and L.D. Crow] made some plays today and I was pleased with that."

On the play of quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey:
"I just left him [before the press conference] and he was arguing with the defense that they didn't have him [on a tackle that prevented a touchdown]. He has a different style for a kid who is just in high school. He is an impressive kid. He is definitely a player. He plays a lot stronger than he looks."

On the progression of the centers:
"I think that if I had to line them up one-two-three, I would line them up Jordan Rae, then Zach Norris, and then basically the other [Perry Mieklejohn], he is a high school senior. Jordan Rae, he is a lot like the quarterback there, Godfrey. He is very calm. He makes his calls and is a steady influence. He never panics out there, which is the sign of a good center."

On his team's overall grade for the spring:
"I would say a B. I am a tough grader. I would say a B for what we were looking for. We went into the spring looking wanting to establish the line of scrimmage. I relate everything to the last game. I was very disappointed with that Rutgers game from an offensive standpoint. When you get hit in the mouth, you've got to fight back. I thought that we had to get that energy. I thought we did a better job this spring creating that. The other was that we wanted to get some depth at some of the positions. I thought we accomplished that."

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