Head Coach Bobby Ross
(Ref.: opening statement)
"I thought our defense played well enough to win (against Baylor). We gave up some yards, but I thought we played pretty well as a whole. Our tackling is better, our awareness to underneath coverage is better and our push up front is better. I am feeling pretty good about our defense right now. We are making good progress there. I thought Seth Lotts came in and played his guts out. He laid it on the line for us; I'd go to war with a guy like that. He is something; he plays very hard. I singled him out because two weeks ago he was running third team tackle. He kept fighting and competing and got in there and got the job done. Getting the three turnovers was nice. Our defense made some big plays for us. We didn't have the penalties that we had the previous week, and I thought we held up pretty well overall.
"Offensively, I have
to take the blame for it. We had too many things at the line of scrimmage. I
thought we could have done a few things in our protection that could have been
better. There were times when we moved the ball well and did some things very
nicely. We still haven't gotten any big plays out of our running game. On the
positive side, we're averaging seven minutes more per game with the ball than we
were last year. Last year, we were at 46 minutes for two games and we're at 60
minutes for our first two games this year. We're having the ball possession and
that is helping our defense some, too. Our third down percentage is better this
year than it was last year, and that is true on both sides of the ball. We've
run up against some pretty good defensive football teams and our inexperience up
front sometimes hurts us. We're not experienced enough to see some of the things
that we're seeing. (Baylor) had a very complicated defensive scheme and we got
pressured early on in the game.
"Kicking-wise, we are doing okay. The only thing that is frustrating is the missing of field goals. If we make field goals, we're still very much in the (Baylor) game. Field goals are lifting for a team. They give your team a good feeling. In two years, we haven't had a level of consistency there that I would like to see. It has been very frustrating to me. We'll continue to work on it. Our punting game is doing pretty good. Our punting net is up over four yards per game right now. Our punting return is nine yards better than we were last year at this time."
they're an excellent football team and they've got speed. They are very similar
to both clubs we've played so far. The guy who really catches your eye is the
defensive end Jason Berryman. He's a very fine football player. He reminds you of
the practice schedule changes with a Friday night game)
"We went a little bit longer last night (Monday). Today will be a pretty normal Tuesday, and then we'll start to back off Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday is two days before the game and that's when you try to start catching up on your rest. Thursday is an even shorter day, and then we'll head to the hotel Thursday night."
"We haven't talked about it. We kick every week for competition, and we'll see. I will talk with (special teams coach) Bruce Hardin and we'll decide which direction we want to go. I just want the darn ball to go through the uprights. If we can do that, that's all we need."
"Teams handle it in different ways. Usually, when you're hot you want to stay with it, and when you're cold you want to get away from it for a while. (
sluggish start of Army's rushing attack)
"We're not blocking quite as well. Our effort is good and our toughness is good, but we're not executing quite as well as we did last year. We haven't had the big plays this year, either.
playing on a Friday night)
"I would expect the team to be excited to play. I want them to be excited to play just to get a win. I don't dwell on (the excitement of the television or the night game) part of it. I deal with the game, and not a whole lot of the external aspects."
"He's a very popular guy. He doesn't say anything; he's a very humble guy. He's got a purple heart. He's a young man who served in