Gary Barnett Press Conference Quotes

Read what the Buffs main man had to say about the Iowa State Cyclones.

BOULDER - University of Colorado head coach Gary Barnett held his weekly media luncheon Tuesday afternoon. The following are excerpts from the press conference along with notes from the Buffs' evening practice session.

On the Missouri Win:

ON THE DEFENSE--

"We really had been trying to focus on playing a complete game. We just had a letdown in the second half. We did some things we did not do in the first half. Statistically, we really had a good day. We just gave up some dumb plays towards the end. Our defense is really annoyed that they let that game get where they did. I look for them to rebound this week. I really expect them to come back, and we need them to."

ON THE OFFENSE--

"I was pleased with the offensive production. The offensive line played really well. (QB Robert) Hodge made some great throws. (WR) Derek McCoy was the offensive player of the week for us. He made some really big catches and he's been playing really well.

"Our offense saw that it was 28-27 (in the fourth quarter), and they really responded. They marched 85 yards right down the field. It was a miraculous drive when you really look at it."

On Iowa State:

GENERAL--

"The thing that I am most impressed with is how hard they play. The energy they have on their team is outstanding. They are playing like a team that has been to two-straight bowl games, and they are playing like a contender. They have really done well and continued to get better over the last three years.

"Right now, we are in control of our own destiny. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us. This is a good challenge that we have worked hard to get to. We are looking forward to it. "We expect to get their best shot. You look at the last four games, and you would see that we have been playing better than Iowa State. You hope that is better, for us, and that you keep on building from there. But, (ISU) is not a team that gives up. They play hard.

"This is a big game for them, a huge game for them, and one for us. Right now, you feel like you have been in a fight (throughout the season), and you're still standing--and so are your guys. This is absolutely a huge opportunity and we have to take advantage of it."

ON ISU's DEFENSE--

"I think they are a (typical) Big 12 defense. They are really impressive. They tackle well, they've got size, speed, and they run (to the ball) well.

"Their three linebackers, I compare to Oklahoma's three. They are just as active and just as strong...really, the strength of their team."

ON QB SENECA WALLACE--

"The challenge for our defense is to play Wallace and contain him. He has got some really tough receivers around him. (Lane) Danielsen is really, really tough. He catches the ball so well and has done so much for them. (Lance) Young has come along really well. He scares me the most. He is a big-play threat.

"I don't think there is any question that preparing for (MU QB Brad Smith) has helped us with Seneca this week. But this guy goes to the perimeter and really stretches your defense some more."

On CU WR Derek McCoy:

GENERAL--

"Derek McCoy is really interesting. That's a whole day in itself discussing him. He was one of those stretches (when recruited). Whether he was going to be a good football player was a chance for us, and him. Derek is a self-made man, one of those guys who does what he's coached to do. He is just a model athlete. As a result, he has made himself into a good football player. I am really pleased that all his perseverance and doing the right things has turned him into a great player in this league."

On CU QB Robert Hodge:

ON HIS PLAY--

"Other than one throw (against MU), I thought he played well and courageously. He has gotten to the point where he believes in himself. When he does that, we can really do a lot of things."

On CU ILB Sean Tufts:

ON HIS ANKLE INJURY--"Sean is day-to-day right now. I don't think we'll have him until Nebraska. I can't imagine him playing full speed, and doing what he wants to do until Nebraska."

Brown Walter Camp Finalist:

Tailback Chris Brown, who currently leads the nation in rushing with 1,617 yards (161.7 ypg) and 17 touchdowns, was named one of 10 finalists for the 2002 Player of the Year Award Tuesday, an honor given by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The fourth-oldest individual college football award in the nation, the Walter Camp recipient will be announced live on SportsCenter on December 12.

Tuesday Quick Hits: Wide out Jeremy Bloom has decided to forgo 2003 spring football drills with the Buffs while he competes on the World Cup circuit as a freestyle skier. However, Bloom, who finished 2002 ranked No. 1 in the world, said he would not miss whichever bowl game CU participates in at the end of this season... This weekend, representatives from the Alamo, Holiday, Orange, Sugar and Tangerine Bowls will be attending the CU-ISU game.


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