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    Mike Martz/Player Quotes
    Monday, August 2, 2004

    (On ending practice early due to weather)
    We were obviously concerned about the lightning and the rain and since we were in full pads we tried to get as much contact work in as possible. We eliminated the seven-on-seven to speed things up. We tried to give these guys a little bit of a break. They started off a little slow this morning, but we had some good drills. Were trying to get these guys to be physical. We got some good work in. In the passing game, were actually ahead of schedule. That gives us a chance to get in full pads and concentrate on running the football.

    (On new T Greg Randall)
    He just got in last night, so weve probably got to wait. We obviously feel pretty good about him. Thats why we brought him in like we did. Hes played and we can throw him into some different situations in about ten plays out here. Considering he just came in last night hes playing pretty well. Grant Williams gave him a very strong endorsement. Hes a large man.

    (On still wanting to bring in G/C Chris Dishman)
    Hes a guy that weve discussed. I dont really know whats going on with that, but well look. Well just have to see.

    (On RB Dusty McGrorty)
    Hes a real good runner. You cant have the yards that he had in college and not have something to say. Hes a stout, strong guy who has some speed too. He can turn the corner.

    RB Dusty McGroty

    (On why he didnt get any offers from big schools)
    I came from a really small high school and I think I just got overlooked. I wanted to go to an Oregon school, and they recruit out of the bigger high schools. I just felt comfortable with Coach Olson down there at Southern Oregon. There was actually a back their before me that got a shot at the *****, so I figured I would go learn from him my red-shirt year.

    (On how small his high school was)
    I had about 250 kids at my high school. We had about twenty-five guys on our team. I played all three sides of the ball, I was a punter also.

    (On if he gets excited when Coach Martz calls him out there on the live sessions)
    I get a little nervous, not physically nervous, but mentally because Ive been doing the fullback for the OTAs and then I get back into halfback. Thats tough for me to transition over the plays and thats the only thing that made me nervous with the plays running through my head. It felt good to get out there and run the rock again, thats what Ive done all my life.

    S Jason Shivers

    (On how things are going in camp)
    I think everything is going good right now as far as the learning pace. Weve been putting in a lot of the defense, but we went over that in the spring practices. I think I did a good job of learning and adapting to it then, so right now Im just trying to get used to this plan.

    (On who he tries to model himself after on the team)
    I look at Aeneas (Williams), (Adam) Archuleta, and Jerametrius Butler. I look at all of them and I just try and take a little bit from each and just try and make my own.

    (On taking anything from running a business to playing football)
    You have to be dedicated no matter what happens. You have to always know there is going to be problems, you just have to press through them. Coach Martz said he wanted to use his resolve, where you come to practice everyday regardless of whats going on. I try and keep that in mind, and know when I get up in the morning I tell myself to resolve this, and keep working at it.

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking
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