Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Jacques McClendon out at practice) “Yes, he looked pretty good.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Jacques McClendon out at practice)

"Yes, he looked pretty good. I'll get a chance to look at the film and get a really good look at him, but he looked like he was moving around well and he did a nice job."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –McClendon playing in Toronto)

"We'll see. This is an ongoing process, just in terms of evaluation, so we'll see how he gets through today and then see what happens this evening and then tomorrow. Then we'll have a little better sense of him."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Antoine Bethea playing Thursday)

"I anticipate that he will, but sometimes you don't know everything that's involved. We certainly anticipate he'll be back."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – utilizing backup QBs Thursday)

"We haven't determined yet what the role is going to be, who plays, how much etc., but we usually do that Wednesday at some time. We hope to get a nice mixture of guys in there to get a little work. This is the time to do it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –going outside the country, Toronto)

"I think it's going to be fun. Obviously anytime you have the opportunity to go to an area where some guys haven't been before and play a really solid football team. Some enthusiastic fans that will have an opportunity to see us for the first time up close and personal. We're looking forward to it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –how many out-of-country games Coach Caldwell has been involved with)

"Japan and this one and that's it. It's different. What it does is get your team ready to make some adjustments; things they aren't accustomed to doing. You can see what kind of focus they're going to have. We'll use this as an opportunity to prepare for our road trips. We're going to have some that will be at night. We're going to have some that will require a little bit of different travel. This one's out of the country so it will put our guys to the test a little bit."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Brandon James kick returns Sunday)

"I think he did a decent job. He still has a ways to go, but we are certainly pleased with where he is at this point. It's a work in progress."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Ryan Diem's influence during camp)

"I think his leadership has been outstanding at this point in time because he does have a lot of younger guys around him, so he's able to give them some instruction and direction. Ryan is a guy that is a true professional. He had a couple things going on in his life early on with the new baby, but nevertheless he's done a good job so far."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Curtis Painter taking heat for Sunday's game)

"First of all, some of the heat is unfair. I do think he's working and getting better and I do believe it's part of the process. Also the position that he plays oftentimes gets too much praise when you win and do well and too much criticism when things don't go well because it all falls on him. There were certainly a lot of other factors involved in his playing the other day. He'll handle it. He's a tough-minded guy. It's all part of the position."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –wrapping things up at Anderson)

"It's not over yet. We have practice tonight which we certainly need to focus in on and get better. That's the key to every single practice. We have to find a way to improve. Then we have tomorrow morning as well. By that time I'll be able to sum it all up for you, but at this time it's been outstanding. The people have been great. The reception we received has been outstanding, unbelievable fan support. The volunteers have been tremendous. The university has bent over backwards to do everything they can to make sure this is an environment that is conducive to getting better, and they've done all those things. We've absolutely enjoyed it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Tom Brandstater's chances of making team)

"One of the things we look at overall is how he practices, how he is in meetings, a grasp of the offense, performance is obviously key as well. So all of those things are taken into consideration, and when it comes down to it we'll make a decision at the end after we've had an opportunity to look at all parties involved."

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