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By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: How has senior tackle Kevin Mitchell, your oldest player, been doing?
Offensive line coach John Schlarman: “He has done a great job this camp and since I have been here. He is a guy that doesn’t say a whole lot and leads more by example. He has game experience. He is a guy that we threw out at right tackle for a day and he’s not had a lot of reps there. He’s a guy that brings a lot of things to the table just as far as his toughness and ability to lead by example. Also just his flexibility to play multiple spots and you can plug him in where you might need a guy if somebody goes down.”
Question: Is junior guard Darrian Miller right that you are happy as long as a player does his assignment even if his technique is not perfect?
Schlarman: “You want your guys to have great technique, great pad level. But you also want to have a bottom line of do you execute your job on that snap or not. Sometimes if you don’t, it is something you have to get fixed. If your step is not perfect but you get the job done and execute your assignment, at the end of the day hopefully that is good enough for us to win games. That’s good to hear coming from him. He is a guy that is a great technician. I don’t have to harp on him a lot. He gets the job done. But it is important to have great technique, but the bottom line is to execute.”
Question: Does Miller ever say much?
Schlarman: “Not a whole lot until you kind of pry it out of him. He is quiet, but talented. The thing I am impressed with about him is his every day, hard hat mentality. He has that blue-collar mentality that coach (Mark) Stoops talks about. You can turn on any play during the course of a practice, and you can see him hustling to the ball. You can see (No.) 77 making an extra effort. Sometimes being the most talented guy, that’s not always the case. Sometimes those guys take plays off here and there and get by on ability. But man, he really works hard. He busts it every snap.”