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John Peterson, tight ends coach
On Todd Boeckman’s progression
“We’re trying to experiment with different things. Hopefully Todd is seeing more things in his reaction to certain situations this season.”

On Jake Ballard
“Jake has the tools to be a dominant blocker physically. He has great hands and is a good route runner. That is a great combination for a tight end.”

Todd Boeckman, senior quarterback
On practice
“There are lots of guys doing some great things this spring. The defense looks really tough they are all flying around.”

On practice
“We are really working hard on improving our overall football I.Q. The coaches really want to improve our overall knowledge of the game.”

Rory Nicol, senior tight end
On practice
“Things are going great out there. I have stepped into the leadership role but our whole group (tight ends) is on the old side. We have three seniors and Jake (Ballard) is a junior.”

On Terrelle Pryor
“I saw him play in the game last year when I had a week off. He was a man among boys. I knew he was going to help any team he went to.”

Jake Ballard, junior tight end
On the freshman and sophomores
“I’m hoping to help the younger guys, but there aren’t a whole lot of young receivers. They know more about the routes than I do anyway.”

On the tight end competition
“We are always competing, but we cheer each other on and hope we all do well. There are only four of us, so we have to stick together.”

Nick Siciliano, offensive quality control coach
On Todd Boeckman
“He seems to be more confident, which is huge for a quarterback. He studied film all winter and is having a great spring.”

On Antonio Henton and Joe Bauserman
“It’s a daily battle. They are both having great springs and it is neck-and-neck. They both ask a lot of questions, which is good for a young quarterback.”