Dan Hawkins' Big 12 Media Quotes

Inside, quotes from Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins' weekly Big 12 Media Teleconference. Hawkins spoke about the woes of the CU run game, how well the defense played vs. Florida State, and how sophomore linebacker Mike Sipili should be up to speed upon his return to the lineup.

Q: As far as coming close and getting opportunities, but not capitalizing, how do you address that again with your team in light of what's gone on the last couple weeks?
Dan Hawkins
: You've just got to keep working on it. You've just got to keep pushing and practicing the situations that come up. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

Q: Also along the lines of Michael Sipili and Chris Perri returning — do those guys move into a rotation right away, or do they have to use this week to work their way back into it?
Hawkins
: No, they've been practicing, so they'll be able to work their way in right now.

Q: On the injury front, do you expect to have Terrence Wheatley and Riar Geer (on Saturday)?
Hawkins
: Yes sir.

Q: What can you do to boost the production in your running game?
Hawkins
: We've just got to keep pounding at it, keep practicing and keep working on it. Get our guys better at their techniques and make sure their mentality is good. Stay after it and keep coming.

Q: I saw where you've basically used the same rotation for every game. Is there any idea about maybe working some of your younger guys into your offensive line rotation?
Hawkins
: You know, those guys are getting close. But you're not going to play a guy if he's not ready.

Q: Does that include Ryan (Miller) as well?
Hawkins
: Yes.

Q: Can you talk about the way your defense played the other night against Florida State?
Hawkins
: Great, other than two plays. After we threw the pick, they ran a reverse. And then we had a gap error and they hit us on a zone play and took it to the house. That was really it. Our defense played great.

Q: You've played tougher competition than most folks in the league in your non-conference games. I wonder now if you have any kind of feel how you'll be once you get into league play?
Hawkins
: Well, you know I don't always look at it like that. I think you have to be up to the task no matter who you play. We haven't been, so I'm not really (thinking) about what the conference schedule is going to be like.

Q: What do you know about your team now that you didn't know earlier?
Hawkins
: I don't know that I didn't know it, but our mentality is great, and our resolve is great. And our hustle and our fight and our integrity — everything you want in your football team is great. We just have to keep playing our music here and wait for some of the guys to join in the chorus. I think when that happens, we'll have a pretty good explosion.

But they're doing everything they can do. I'm very proud of their effort, very proud of their resolve.

Q: Is there anything you do with your kicking game, or do you just wait for Eberhart to settle in and settle down?
Hawkins
: He was settled down the first game, so we don't have to wait for him to settle down.

Q: The kicks that he missed on Saturday, do you just expect that occasionally?
Hawkins
: No, you don't expect anybody to miss. It happened and we'll continue to work him and work on it.

Q: And you'll continue to have Tyler Cope kicking off?
Hawkins
: Yeah, we'll probably stay with that rotation.

Q: Dan, you got Josh Smith back in the lineup. It seemed like he gave you a little infusion of speed at that position that you didn't have the first two games. I just wonder if you could talk about what it means to your offense?
Hawkins
: Well, you said it. You answered your own question. He has speed and he adds excitement to the deal. You've got to have playmakers.

Q: Is it a situation, though, especially for an offense that's been limited running the ball, to have somebody like that on the outside?
Hawkins
: Yes sir.

Q: OK, and as far as Hugh Charles, is it a situation where you think he's going to be back close to 100 percent this week?
Hawkins
: Yes sir.

Q: You're not the only team that's had problems running the ball. Can you just talk about it may be much harder these days to generate a really solid running game?
Hawkins
: It just depends. That's a combination of the five guys blocking for them and the one guy carrying it. All those guys being very consistent and efficient in what they do.


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