Coaches Corner: Stoops on Oregon

The Cats head to Oregon trying to get their first Pac-10 win. For the first time all season injuries are starting to take a toll and the team has made too many mistakes to win the close games. Head coach Mike Stoops spoke with the media about both Oregon and UCLA.

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Opening comments:

"We continue to think we are making improvement defense. I thought our kids played well throughout the night, all but five plays. Mistakes like that we are not good enough to overcome. Those are tough things to accept. It really frustrates you and you accept it and try to learn from it.

"For us to lose by 20 points is somewhat frustrating. The difference is they caught all their opportunities and we dropped all of our opportunities. That seems to be how the season is going. Players make plays. We need guys to step up and make plays in critical situations. That is probably what we are lacking at this point. Our toughness and character have been solid throughout the year. We need t play little smarter. We need guys to step up and make big plays."

On Kris Heavner's play:

"I thought Kris played extremely well. I thought he put the ball where it needed to be virtually on almost every pass. We just could not come up with the big catch."

On the defensive tackles:

" Phillip is questionable (shoulder) when he will be back. We hope to get him back this week but we will see hot that progresses. We will just have to make due with the players that we have."

On Lionel Dotson's play at defensive tackle:

"He did okay. It was a good learning experience for him. He will get better."

On Oregon's offense coming alive against Washington State:

"They got hot. Anytime you can get 647 yards on Washington state at Washington State you are doing a lot of good things. They got in rhythm and got hot late in the game and kept them off balance the whole second half. They moved the ball at will. They utilize the tight end as well or better than UCLA so we got a good dose of that last week. It is going to be a tough situation but we will prepare and have a good plan." Motion a lot."

On Oregon QB Kellen Clemmens:

"He is a good scrambler, he improvises well and sees the field well. That was the best he had played this year. You can see he is maturing and is good at buying time."

On the team's morale:

"I think our kids are excited about some of the things they are doing. They see the progress they are making. You can't worry about the wins. The wins will come. We just didn't' execute nearly good enough, but we had our opportunities. That is all you can do is put them in situations. Players have to step up and make plays too."

On the play of freshman Antoine Cason:

"He needs to keep progressing freshman have tendency to get wore down but he keeps plugging through and staying focused on everything we ask him to do. We ask him to do a lot. He can handle the coaching the toughness it takes to play. He will compete which is the thing that will make him a great player down the line."

On third down conversions:

"That always hurt you. You have to get better on third downs. That is a big part of getting on the field. Turnovers and 3rd down conversion is usually when the game is won and lost." This story is sponsored by II Sons for Men. We offer the best in men's grooming in an atmosphere where you can watch a ballgame, enjoy a hot coffee or just relax while you wait. Our five televisions are always playing the best movies and the biggest games. We strive to create a comfortable environment while providing you the best services possible.


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