This is LONG, long, long overdue, so sorry about that… Got side tracked with some other things, but found this interview with redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton on my recorder the other day. The interview took place about two weeks ago at the Indoor Practice Facility.
Is there a gap between you and Nathan Stanley because he’s had a year to get used to the offense?
“There isn’t too much of a gap. He’s had a year on me to learn the offense, but coach is starting over and breaking it down for both of us.
What have to coaches been doing with you to prepare you?
“He’s a really good fundamental guy. He makes sure you learn it instead of just throwing it in your face. He’s a really laid back guy.”
What have you changed about your game since you’ve been here?
“I have improved since I’ve been here. When I got here I could throw the ball hard and hit somebody, but I wouldn’t always put it in the right spot. Now, I can put it on the right shoulder, left shoulder, nose, anywhere. “
What’s different about your throwing motion?
“It’s about footwork. Instead of taking big 6-8 inch strides when I throw I take 4-5 inch strides. It really helps. It makes a big difference.”
What is the difference between you and Nathan Stanley?
“Me and Nathan are both competitive. I can run a little bit, but we have our different abilities and use them to compete.”
What is it like in practice between you and Stanley?
“We go back and forth competition wise. We go back and forth to compete to see who throws the hardest, farthest, and most accurate. In the weight room we’re competitive.”
How has your body changed since you’ve been here?
“When I first got here I was around 220 [pounds] and now I’m around 229. Muscle wise, I’m a lot stronger. I probably want to play around 228-230.”
How far can you throw the football?
“I aired it out a few weeks ago and got 79 [yards].”
Did you know how much of a difference it makes to be able to hit receivers in specific spots?
“I didn’t. In high school if you hit them, they’re going to catch it. In the SEC the DB’s have such fast breaking speed that if you don’t throw it in a certain spot , you can get picked off very easily, so accuracy is very important.”
What do you think about the play of Drew Brees this past season?
“He’s very accurate. To get like that is a big accomplishment.”
What work do you still have to do ?
“I’m going to have to work on picking up the rest of the offense and making plays, plays that Jevan (Snead) and Billy Tapp had a hard time with. As long as I get those I should be good.”
Do you think it will take until August to decide a definite starter between you and Stanley?
“I wouldn’t have a problem with it being a competition. I love competition. It depends on Coach (Dave) Rader and Coach (Houston) Nutt, what they feel is best. Whatever they think is best I’m cool with.”
Who is stepping up in practice right now?
“We have a couple people stepping up. Brandon Bolden has stepped up a lot. I like the competition between him and Rodney Scott because both of them in drills go head to head lifting and are numbers one and two. They can’t let each other beat the other out, which is good. Receiver wise Markeith Summers and Lionel Breaux are veterans, but we have guys coming up on them like Jesse Grandy who is posting some of the best times right now and Ja-Mes Logan. Those guys are doing pretty good. On the offensive line we have young cats, but those guys seem like they’re ready. They’re competing every day which is good to see.”
What are you bench pressing?
“355 pounds…I consider myself physical. I’m not going to be stupid and run over a 250-pound linebacker that’s right in front of me when I’m in the middle of the field, but if it’s a goal line situation I have to get into the end zone.”
“I’m in a couple of those packages. I can move a little bit.” (March 20, 2010)