ASU-Illinois: What They Said...

TEMPE, Ariz. - Notable Quotables from Saturday's 45-14 Arizona State win over Illinois.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman

On his thoughts on quarterbacks…

"I think they both came in and performed. We have to come in and perform more on a consistent basis but I thought Reilly and Miles both came in on offense and did some things."

On his defense…

"We had a lot of eye violations. We didn't tackle well as the game progressed. I'm not going to point the finger at just at the players. When we lose we los as a team. When we are going to fix it we are going to fix it as a team. As I told them just a little bit ago, we are going to learn from this, we are going to come back and we are going to practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to fix the things that we did not do tonight."

On Arizona State spacing defense more than he liked…

"The credit goes to Coach Graham and the Sun Devils. They did a very good job of preparing for us. We had a lot of what I said earlier in the week. We had a lot of eye violations. We aren't keying what we are supposed to key. As you saw there were some wide-open receivers at times."

On getting their eyes caught in the backfield…

"I think the motion confused them and all those sorts of things. Like I said I'm not pointing a finger at the players. When we lose, we lose as a team and when we win we win as a team. The coaching staff has to be better., I have to be better and the players have to play better."

On bouncing back…

"This is definitely a learning experience. We will get on the plane and watch the film immediately as a coaching staff. We will be back in the office tomorrow and practice tomorrow night and get it corrected. "

On Scheelhaase being ready to play next week…

"I sure hope so. He has progressed dramatically since the injury occurred. He practiced but he just wasn't up to himself so we aren't going to put him out there."

On Chris Coyle getting open a lot…

"Well I thought that they did a lot of misdirection stuff. They put him in and brought him back behind the line of scrimmage a lot of times, end coverages. I just thought that they had a great scheme. There is no question about it. They were very successful with what they did offensively. They had 500 yards of offense."

On Miles Osei's interceptions…

"I think we forced it in there a little bit too much. We had the outlet or the first read was open and we just tried to force it in to the coverage and ended up throwing interceptions."

On Osei giving them a spark…

"Speaking about Reilly first and taking the first two series and getting everything going his way and then Miles coming in and doing some things, running the football and actually throwing the football. He did some good things but we weren't consistent enough offensively and we need to be consistent if we want to be successful."

On Osei not playing second half…

"Yeah I think we just decided we would give Reilly a lot of reps in the second half. He [Miles] did ding up that ankle a little bit but he could have come back in and played."

On Scheelhaase not playing affecting the game…

"Anytime you lose a quarterback that has been in seven games back to back and has been a proven leader for two years you're going to miss some one like that. That's not the total reason. That's not the reason we didn't cover receivers, missing tackles and throwing interceptions and all that stuff. It's about a team and its about 22 guys playing. When we get on special teams and playing better on special teams; we did not perform in those areas tonight."


Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly

On how often he had to go to his second look…

"There is a couple times when the defense will catch us on that but you just have to keep going through the progressions and staying calm in that pocket. Our coaching staff does a good job at scheming stuff and our first option is usually there. The schemes and the positions that our coaches put us in allows for the openness."

On how surprised he his on his offense…

"We put numbers up in the spring and the summer. We have an attack offense and it is very dangerous and hard to stop. As long as we kept getting our run game going our passing game would start opening up."

On the key to getting the offense started so early and this games pace…

"Just get the tempo going. Making easy reads and getting are guys in the best positions as possible. "It was a lot better this week. We have to keep improving. We had a few downfalls in the tempo, miscommunications but we get better at that."

On the substitutions between him and Michael Eubank

"It could give me an advantage but just taking time and stepping back and seeing how they line up and instead of being right there."

On having Chris Coyle as a receiving option…

"It is really good. He is a hard-nose guy who can go down and block and also put some moves on the DB's. Plus he has great hands."

On the position of the team after the first two games…

"It is great. We have to keep handling it every week. We have to come out like it is a 0-0 season. We have to come out to every game and come away with a victory every week and prepare throughout that week. We have to improve every week. We left a lot of points out there due to turnovers or mental errors so we have to continue to gradually improve every week."


Linebacker Carl Bradford

On the difference between tonight's game and last week's game…

" I think it was just first game jitters. I wasn't very confident in myself, but I had a good week of practice so I just wanted to come out and prove that that position is an attack position, a ‘go-get-it' position to play. I just tried to show myself today. "

On how hands-on Coach Graham is…

"He is really with the defense. He knows every position, so if I mess up he comes straight over to me and tells me what I need to fix. Same thing goes with the safeties, linebackers, everyone. He'll coach us one by one if he has too. He is a real good coach at that."


Arizona State tight end Chris Coyle

On the game in general…

"It was a great night tonight. I just tried to catch everything they threw my way. Both these guys (Kelly and Eubank) threw a lot of passes to me and I just tried to make as many plays possible for the Sun Devils."

On the Sun Devil offense and the lack of errors…

"I think the reason we are doing so well is because the coaches have expected perfection out of us. Every day at practice, they don't settle for anything less. Any mental errors we make, they make sure we understand what we did and get it corrected by the next practice. I'm not really surprised we've done well so far because each week, we take a lot of time preparing in the film room."

On the success of the offense so far this season…

"It's a new offense. We just learned everything over this past offseason. It's just been really great so far how we've been able to take that, put it on the field, and be so effective with that."

On having to sit out last season…

"Last year was really a test of my patience. I prayed about it a lot. I know that everything happens for a reason and I had more than a couple people tell me to just have patience and wait it out. Sitting around I was learning from G.Rob (Gerell Robinson) and Trevor Kohl. I just watched the things they would do in their positions. Looking back on it, I think it was a perfect situation because I was able to learn from some great athletes."

On what tested his patience the most last season…

"I think it all came to a climax at the Boise bowl game. It was a tough season, but at that point, it felt like everything could be washed clean. It was a new start and I was just looking forward to seeing what these new coaches were going to bring in. I'm really enjoying what they've brought in so far."

Quarterback Michael Eubank

On his role on the team…

"I'm just happy to be able to play with my brothers. I'm blessed to have the ability to step on the field. Every game I have a chance to get in the game. I have my own packages. I'm just very blessed. I'm counting my blessings since last year I wasn't able to play."

On tight end Chris Coyle…

"He's a very versatile tight-end. He's very good to have, especially with this offense. It's a lot of run-and-gun, very fast and spread out. It's definitely to have a good high-breed tight-end with us. He does a lot of great things for us."

On being under Coach Graham and the very few penalties…

"Being under Coach Graham has definitely taught us a lot about ourselves, being men, and being football players. We're able to take what we learned and use it off the field. That's why we're so determined not to get any penalties. Not getting any penalties is just as important as owning the ball for us. We want to make sure we do that every game."


Safety Keelan Johnson

On the Illinois offense…

"It didn't matter what quarterback started. Our whole preparation this week was focusing on their strengths and what we needed to take away. Honestly, we didn't really focus on the quarterback during the week."

On the difference between past year's defense and Coach Graham's defense…

"This year, I'm able to get into a routine. I'm able to get into a flow and play my position. I'm not stressing about making mistakes and just going out there and using the athleticism. I'm able to communicate my other secondary and not worry about giving up big plays."

On the attitude and speed of the defense between plays…

"That just reflects back to the discipline. We try to line up as fast as we can. The coaches are giving us the calls fast and it allows to do a lot of things. It's good for our football team."



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