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Friedgen on Heyward-Bey

Ralph Friedgen praised the work ethic and sportsmanship of receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, but here is what I found interesting: Remember how Ralph had criticized quarterback Chris Turner because Turner played better in games than in practice. Friedgen certainly viewed it as a drawback that Turner did not always have consistency in practice. Well, Friedgen said that Heyward-Bey catches the ball better in games than in practice, “which is a good thing.” I guess, in Ralph's defense, Heyward-Bey may be giving the same effort in practice as he is in games, and perhaps that was not always the case with Turner. Not sure. But here is Ralph on his star wide receiver:

“I see Darrius improving each and every week. He is running is his routes at full speed and coming out of his cuts at full speed. If he continues to improve, the sky is the limit. He catches the ball better in the game than he does in practice, and that’s a good thing. He is such a positive kid and has a tremendous work ethic. He is a pleasure to be around.

“I used him as an example: When he scored the touchdown, he turned around and handed the ball to the official and went right to teammates to celebrate. I’m not into all these gyrations and trying to bring attention to individual. To me, it’s a team effort. You can use him as an example with that. Here is a kid with a lot of recognition and talent, and yet he still appreciates teamwork. And he is like that off the field. He is a great kid to have in your program.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 17, 2008; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Darrius Heyward-Bey  
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