Q: How have you improved the most compared to last year?
Ty Thompson: “I feel very comfortable making decisions. I think pre-seeing the looks, seeing the protection and what pressure they can put on. Then after the shooting I confirm what they are doing with the defense, and make my decision based on that. I feel like I really made a big move. This is the most important thing for quarterback, decision making and ball safety. I feel like it’s the biggest.
Q: Were you disappointed that you did not play the game in the bowl?
TT: “No, I don’t think frustration is a word. I was the next person. I was always ready. It wasn’t really a disappointment. That’s not the word.
Question: What is the dynamics with this positional battle?
TT: “I think the mentality remains the same – to remain the best version of myself that I can be. Improve every day, come in and spend extra time. I try to work as hard as possible and let the decision of the coaches be taken for granted.
Question:How do you feel about making the game more comfortable?
TT: “It’s a 100 percent film. I’ve spent a lot of time here in the last month or so. I feel like it paid off. My decision making was much more comfortable and much faster. I feel like it shows the amount of time I’ve spent.
Q: Was there a time when you made a decision?
TT: “100 percent. I well remember that about a month ago we had a morning meeting. We talked about the defense and then went out and walked around and she just clicked. It was beautiful and I was so happy. I called Coach Dillingham and I said, “Coach, this is clicking,” and he was happy for me.
Question: What chemistry has been with you and Coach Dillingham so far?
TT: “It was very difficult. He is a really young and energetic coach. You see how much he runs around the field. He has a lot of energy. He’s a really smart offensive mind. He knows what he is doing. His energy adds to that.
Question: What is your story with Dillingham, since both are Arizona natives?
TT: “It was cool. He came to my high school when I was a sophomore or in junior high when he was in Florida. After I first got here, he sent me a photo he took in my coaching office when I was a junior in high school. Man, I was a kid. Just funny to see. Now we are here. This is a small world.
Q: How has QB achieved a balance between competition and helping each other?
TT: “The whole goal is to be successful in the team. So if it’s me giving Bo a hint or asking if he’s helping me – he’s been to football college and played a lot at a high level. Using Boe and Jay and Coach Dillingham as resources is the best thing I can do. I feel that a negative attitude towards your teammates, especially in the same group, can do nothing but harm the team, and that is not what we want.
Q: What did you learn from Bo in a short time together?
TT: “He’s doing great, I think. We think really similar. I really like Bo. He has been a blessing to me for the last couple of months. After all, it has been a great blessing for me and I am very grateful for what he has done especially for this team and me. Everyone likes to put defenders against each other, especially when we compete. So with me and Bo, and even Butters will never be. He did a great job of leading the team, working modestly and more. I have nothing to say about Bo.
Question: What instructions do you and Bo share with each other?
TT: “It’s like‘ have you seen what security has done? Was my decision right? ‘ Or “have you seen Blitz MIKE?” We’ll just ask what we saw of each other and what we would do and go from there.
Q: Does it feel like a new beginning with new staff, new attack and lots of new players?
TT: “As you said ‘young and hungry.’ Skills, especially people like Dont’e Thornton or Chach or Chris Hatson put in extra work, crazy work and were extra vocal leaders. They did such a good job of being so positive and working so hard. I am really proud of these guys for how they coped with this coaching transition and entered this new season and brought no negativity. All this lifts the spirits and positivity.
Question: What growth have you seen in young receptionist players?
TT: “Special praise to Dont’e. He acts here as a senior and he is the same age as me. He put in extra work. Troy is really talented and makes explosive plays. He’s a quieter guy who does his job. He locks himself in really well in understanding. Chris Hatson it’s just a dick. He will win these matches 1 on 1. He will be right whether we face the zone or the man with the man, or break it, or keep it upright. He’s just always in the right place and makes a crazy game for you.
Q: What are some examples of Dont’e acting like a senior?
TT: “He’s an extra vocal leader. His leadership role from last year to this year, I don’t know if anyone talked to him about it, but he raised it tenfold. He helped educate people. He helped bring receivers with routes. He is so closed in his soul. He spent so much time here. Every time I’m upstairs, he’s here, and that’s a lot.
Question: What did you focus on in this offseason?
“I think a defender can always work on accuracy and decision making. I think locking yourself in a movie theater, feeling comfortable in what you do with the ball, can always be easier for yourself.
Q: What did you see from the runners this spring?
TT: “These guys are so explosive. We do a lot with these guys, be it … I won’t say much. They are very good players. Byron will be great at running and passing games, and Sean too. The coming of Noah will be wonderful. Everyone is going to really help the team, so I’m very happy about that.
Question: Coach Dillingham says he wants his defenders to be dependent on that growth and success. Do you feel that way?
TT: “It’s the perfect word I would say. It’s so much fun and I get so much joy from doing it right and constantly devoting it and it appears on the field. It makes me so happy. This is one of the reasons why I like this sport so much here, because I am really passionate about what I do.
Q: How did you feel when a transfer defender hits?
TT: “It really doesn’t affect my mentality in any way. I try to study the attack as best I can and execute as best I can and let the coaches ’decisions take care of themselves. I will do my best to put myself in the best situation and then do whatever they deem necessary to help the team.
Question: What version of Dillingham’s previous crimes do you observe the most?
TT: “It’s actually a mix of many things. We do a lot in Memphis. There was a lot of Memphis this morning. We watch a lot in Florida. Not much Auburn. Mix.
Q: What is learning a slightly different system?
TT: “It’s fun. I like when a lot of things happen, you digest right and get everything right. I’m so happy with it. That’s a lot. I like to have a lot on my plate. I like to hold the ball in my hands.
Question: What type of presence does it have Chase Cat had since his arrival?
TT: “He’s an older guy, so more experienced. He knows a little more about the game. He knows when to make friends with a defender and how to pick me up if I make a bad throw or whatever. He did a great job studying the crime in two days. The madness that he came out here the next day knew every play and didn’t ask a single question. You also see how he makes big catches. I don’t know if you’ve seen the great post he caught today for me. He is a very explosive receiver. He is very cunning. You look at him and don’t think he’s blowing past someone, but he’ll take it off and put one in the box. He is a great receiver.
Q: How does this crime demonstrate the versatility of the players?
TT: “I feel like we do a lot with our speed and athleticism, and we also enjoy the benefits of matches, leverage and things like that. We have some doggies in the receiver like Seven, Dont’e, Kris or Chach or whatever you want to call. We also do a lot of things with physical appearance in boxing, whether it’s knocking it with our big hard ends and our O-Line return and our big backs. We do a lot of things to mix it up.
Q: What type of defender do you want to know?
TT: “I feel better than you can be as a defender – that’s right. So put the ball in the right places, make the right decisions and take care of the football. No matter if I run the ball 300 yards in one game and throw 500 yards in the next, I’m going to do what best helps the team.
Q: What growth do you have personally and on the field?
TT: “Growth was a testament to the work done not only by me but by the entire team. When we are all closed and on the same level, it is much easier for us to be smooth. If there’s a guy on it and a guy down there, it’s kind of rocky for the team. I am so proud of these guys and the way we work in the field and beyond. We just blocked this with the transition to a new attack and then went out on the field to crash on the field when our time came.
Question: What could make this spring successful for you?
TT: “I feel that if I put myself in the best position to help the team, be it as a starter, or as a backup or anything else. When I practice making great plays and making the right decisions. That’s what I want to see myself – most often right. Hopefully much more often than not.