Petrino: First-day effort ‘good’ at Vandals camp

STATESMAN STAFFAugust 6, 2013 

Junior linebacker Marc Millan (transfer from Santa Ana College) was one of several newcomers on the field Monday.


The Idaho Vandals opened fall camp Monday in Moscow, giving new coach Paul Petrino his first live look at players since spring. Camp continues this week, with a scrimmage on Saturday and the season opener at North Texas on Aug. 31.

Here is what Petrino had to say Monday:

ON WHAT HE’S TEACHING: “I know what we’re teaching. We’re teaching it hard. We’ve been saying it since the day we got here. We’re trying to make the players believe we’re going to be what we call grinders — guys that work hard every day; get up and go to work and improve every single day. ... We define showtime as preparation, practice and performance. Those are probably the two biggest words we keep going over and over and over.”

ON WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR ON FILM: “It’s never as bad or never as good when you go in and watch it on tape. You just look at it one play at a time. You are looking for assignment and alignment and get off on every play. We’re going to be great technically sound football players and understand the fundamentals, which allows us to play the game fast.”

ON FIRST-DAY IMPRESSIONS: “There are a lot of new fast guys. That’s a good thing to see. ... Guys were flying around. Overall, I thought the effort was good.”

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