Coach Ted Patton Interview:
Joe Benefield: (class of 2009)
Coach Ted Patton: "Joe plays running back and linebacker for us. He had two or three games where he was our leading tackler and our leading rusher. For the year on offense (2006), he had 107 attempts for 642 yards and seven touchdowns. That's six yards per carry average. He had 61 total tackles, 14 solo, 31 assisted, 16 tackles for a loss, three caused fumbles, one sack, one pass break-up. He's 6-1, 225."
Kyle Kriegel: (class of 2009)
TP: "He's also a sophomore. He led our team in tackles. He had 116 tackles total, 17 solo, 61 assisted, 38 tackles for a loss, six caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries, nine sacks. He's a real tenacious player. He's tall, lanky kid, and he's going to develop. He's just young, but you know he was All-State in the AP and the TSWA also. He is 6-5, 220."
TP: Micah Smith played both ways for us also. He's a wide receiver and a cornerback. He's a junior (class of 2008). Defensively, he had 36 tackles, 17 solo, 19 assisted, two fumble recoveries, three interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and one touchdown. Offensively, he had 14 receptions for 154 yards, three touchdowns. That was an 11 yard average per catch."
When asked of Smith's projected position on the next level coach Patton replied, "I don't know. He's good at both. He's really a technical route runner. He gets open really on people that are faster than he is just because he can run good routes. We had another receiver that we played this year (2006) that was kind of our go-to guy that got a lot more balls than Micah got, but Micah is a good receiver. He's a good db too, so I don't know. I mean, he can do either one I think really. He's 6-3, 175. He runs a low 4.6 like 4.61 [40-yard dash]."
TP: "He started on defense, but he played on offense for us also. Defensively, he had 36 tackles, 19 assisted, nine solo, eight tackles for a loss, one interception. Offensively, he had 81 carries for 441 yards, two touchdowns, 5.4 average per carry. He's 5-10, 185."
When asked of Alkire's projected position on the next level Patton stated, "He's one of those that I'm not really sure about. I mean, he could probably do either one, depending on the level where he plays. I think when he comes to the combine he wants to try and work at both. He may get up to 190-195 [pounds], at least while he's here. He's got some ability, and he's a good player for us."
Coach Patton was asked who is the best in this group attending the combine.
"Depends on if you are including Tim Curry in the group or not," he said. "Tim is not coming to the combine, but I think he is going to go to another of the camps (Scout.com Combine in Kansas City)."
"Tim is our quarterback. He's already been offered by UTEP. He's 6-4 200, and this was his first year at our school and in our system. It took him some time to adjust, but once he did he really started coming on for us and did some good things."
"For us because we run the option, he ran the ball on the option. He also passes well too. I think in college he wants to go to a place where he's going to be in the shotgun and throw it 40 times a game. He's got the ability to do it without question, but it's just not what we do. We threw some out of the gun, but we're not going to throw it 40 times a game."
"He's committed to them [UTEP], but I guess it's what you might call a soft commitment. He wants to look at some other places too, but no one else has offered him anything at this point. There are other schools that are still talking to him--Purdue, Illinois and Houston, and some other places too."
"He didn't start for us the first two games of the year because he was still new here. So, this is for 10 games, because we went three rounds in the play-offs. Attempts were 141, completions were 63 for 1,039 yards, seven touchdowns, six interceptions. Rushing he had a 117 attempts for 446 yards, 10 touchdowns."
Patton was asked of his signal caller's biggest strength.
"Probably his arm strength," he said. "He can throw HARD. He really can. As a matter of fact when he first got here it was tough for our kids to get used to the speed of the ball, trying to catch it. He can put it on the spot too. He can throw it well. He is going to the Air 7 QB University Camp the next two weekends, but I think he's going to try and go to Kansas City.
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