Mackovic addresses the media

After a win against San Diego State, John Mackovic and the Wildcats went back to work preparing for this week's game against Idaho. While many people enjoyed taking the day off for Labor Day, Mackovic addressed the media about the Vandals and the win over the Aztecs.

QUESTION: What can you tell us about Idaho?

JOHN MACKOVIC:"They have a handy-dandy quarterback in John Welsh. They use a lot of formations, and they also run a lot of different kind of routes. Welsh has a quick step and a quick release. He's a senior and a three-year letterman, and I expect that he is someone that the pros will be looking at with interest."

QUESTION: How about their defense?

MACKOVIC: "Their nose tackle Wil Beck is very active. He'll play on either the guard or in the gap. I thought that they played the run well against Washington State, but they gave up some big passes. In the second quarter, Washington State had two short drives that allowed them to gain control of the game."

QUESTION: What did you do following the win last Thursday night?

MACKOVIC: "We had a couple of days off, so now it is the coaches' job to get the players back in focus and ready to play football. We will have a total preparation for victory for every game. After the first game, our players now have a realistic feel for the game. The game was a little tighter than we had hoped, and we didn't get to play some of our younger players, but some may get a chance to play this week."

QUESTION: After looking at tape and taking a few days to analyze the game, what are your thoughts on the team's performance against the Aztecs?

MACKOVIC: "On defense, we didn't do as good a job of compressing the pocket once San Diego State switched quarterbacks (from Lon Sheriff to Adam Hall). On the other side, San Diego State's blitz challenged our guys up front, but we made adjustments and settled down. Jason (Johnson) took a lot of hits in the first half, but they didn't touch him very much in the second half.

"We need to improve on everything. Our third-down conversion rate was not acceptable, and we had too many penalties that stopped drives and set us back on the kicking game. We also had a bad snap on a punt, we gave up a couple of sacks, and we gave away yards on some other things. But, we did average five yards a carry on first down, which was exactly what we wanted to do."

QUESTION: How big was it to get that first win?

MACKOVIC: "It was great to get the win, but now it is more a matter of what we do with it. We know that regardless of what happens, we have to go on to the next week and build on what happens throughout the season. The win over San Diego State definitely helps to set a tone for the season, but it was only the first game, and there are so many variables that go into the entire year."


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