Q: How do you envision Ellington working with new offensive coordinator Brad Glenn?
A: Those two hit it off instantly as if they had been around each other for years. Communication has been great, relationship has gotten off to a great start and we're anxious to see how things develop even more when we start camp.
Q: What should we look forward to from the defensive side of the ball?
A: We had a tough year defensively, but we made some schematic changes and we have some new coaches on that side ball that should help us be a better unit this season. We have great leadership in (senior linebacker) Ed Curney, who is the pulse of our defense, and we have some kids in the secondary who played a lot last season and that experience should help them this year.
Q: Your thoughts on the schedule, which kicks off Aug. 31 at Tennessee?
A: We open at Tennessee, everyone knows the type of program they have and we're excited about going up and competing. Our conference (schedule) will be tough as always and we have Army (11-2 in 2018) coming into our place. It's a tough schedule but we plan to have a good group ready to line up and compete in every game.