Selected Quotes From Coach McNeill's Press Conference
Aug. 4, 2012
East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill
"We started back in the spring with a thought process of what we wanted as a football program. We want to continue to develop depth and competition at all positions. We want to have a tough mentality, the intangibles of no entitlement with a lot of team work, which I have seen a lot of. We talked about the initials T.B.A. (Trust, Belief and Accountability) and we want to keep developing those things.
"We go into camp with competition at a lot of positions. The lines will be long at some spots and that's the way we want it. There is competition at every position where everybody knows that they have to perform at a high level, do things the way we want done or risk losing playing time or their spot on the field. Our team has taken attitude by the horns and ran with it. Right now, I like the depth we are developing at each area on the field.
"I like this football team. They don't make excuses or complain and that's what we've been aiming for. Everybody has high expectations of themselves and for each of their teammates."
On The Quarterback Situation:
"Shane [Carden] was not able to finish spring ball because of an injury, but he's back throwing the ball full speed right now.
"They are all familiar with the offense, so I don't think there is a hurry to decide on a starter just yet. We want to make the right decision and what's best for our football team."
On How The Defense Has Evolved:
On Linebacker Jeremy Grove: