"There are times when somebody other than the coach says something, the player can relate a little better," Mardesich said. "[Williams] chooses his words more. He's really done a tremendous job of communicating with us and staying positive. The guys are responding to it."
Said Cephas: "Me and Mike have been vocal and emotional leaders this whole year. I'm definitely keeping an eye out, a close watch. We want to look good, play well and win the game. We're on a nice little run right now, and we can't break that run by not having good practices."