Charley Wiles talked briefly about his defensive line on Monday.
On whether Wyatt Teller can play this year: “I don’t think he can play this year. But, I’ve seen in what little time in practice that he’s improved. He’s getting better. Technique, a ways away, but he’s improved. I guess he doesn’t have a good concept of the technique of the position. He was just so much bigger, stronger, more ability than anybody [in high school] and he just ran around and made plays. But Wyatt’s a very good prospect. He ran a 5.1, 5.2. He’s 280, he can run, he’s a big guy, he’s going to help us.”
On whether he’ll stay at tackle: “Oh, absolutely. He’s not going to play end. I’d love for him to be that big and run a 4.6. But he just doesn’t run well enough to be an end.”
On whether Teller is more of a bull in a china shop right now: “He is right now. But he’s coming along. It’s baby steps, but it’s coming.”
On Woody Baron : “Woody’s playing well. I look forward to him going against Andrew Miller, David Wang, the guys that are going to be playing for us on Saturdays. He got 15, 16 plays the other night and played real well. I think Woody’s a heck of a prospect. As are Nigel [Williams], Kris [Harley] and Alston [Smith]. If they come along, then we can redshirt Woody. Just whatever’s best for the team. I don’t have any have any problem playing Woody. He’s an older guy, 20 years old, and he’s a freshman. That makes a lot of difference.”
On mentioning during the spring that Kris Harley needs to do a better job of staying on his feet: “Yeah, and he’s been a little better so far. But we didn’t do a lot of cutting the other night. We’ve been working it, but we haven’t had a lot of cutting, chop blocks. Again, we’re a week into a camp, and we’ve got two more hard weeks. We’re going to work hard, get ready for that scrimmage on Saturday. It’s a big evaluation. Then we’ll have another one on that Wednesday, so those two scrimmages he needs to perform at a high level if he’s going to win a job.”