Pre-Oklahoma State Greg Coleman Q&A

The ISU running back talks about the state of the team, ball security and more.

On how the team is holding up…

We're hanging in there, we've just got to come out and regroup and refocus. We've just got to get rid of the little mistakes that's the key to our losses, just little mistakes and they become big mistakes. You see another team fumble and they might recover it, if you see us fumble it it gets run back for a touchdown. It's just little mistakes we have to get taken care of.

 

On if it's more frustrating that the team is close and not getting blown out…

Definitely. They're heartbreakers because they're overtime games. You leave so much out on the football field after the game and to come off with a loss it's heartbreaking; it just really is.

 

On the improvement of his ball security, if that's something he worked on…

I really didn't have any choice. I couldn't go through what I went through last week again. So yeah it was a big deal for me. I've always taken care of the ball, all my life, through high school and stuff.

 

I just had to get back to playing football and thinking and being conscious of the football at all times. I think that's the biggest thing sometimes you can just be so worried about playing the game you're not really conscious of what you're holding on to and you're holding the team underneath your arms. I was really conscious of that all game long.

 

On his problem with ball security issues in his career…

You've just got to be conscious of the football at all times. You can't just go out and run and play. You have to be thinking of the football because these guys are bringing big time hits and you look up and you don't know what's going on and you've got to regroup.

 

On how bad he felt for Kock after he fumbled in the Missouri game…

That end zone will make you fall victim to it for sure. You see it coming and you just want it so bad. It's a mistake. Kockie will recover, he's a tough guy.

 

On what he thinks about what Kock's done this year…

He's a beast. You should see him in the weight room. Kockie's strong; he's probably one of the top three bench pressers on the team. He's a strong kid, it's not really a surprise to me that when we get short yardage that Kockie scores touchdowns.

 

On being in this position before and contending for a bowl game…

Definitely, we feel that we're a way better team than we were last year. It's a fact that the Big 12 improved too and every game we played has just been a dog fight. We could have come out on the other end of the stick but we came out where we are and now we're sitting where we are. We've got to move ahead to the next game against Oklahoma State and get it done.

 

On a talk from former Cyclone Ellis Hobbs

I think that'd be good to hear from Ellis. Ellis is a great motivator. Everybody loves Ellis; it'd be a spark to our team to see Ellis.

 

On wiping the slate clean…

I think you almost have to wipe the slate clean after those loses if you keep dwelling on them they're just going to eat you alive because those were such tough-fought games. Everyone left every thing on the field you could just see it in each others eyes. We kind of have to let those games go so we can just move on to Oklahoma State.

 

On ball security 101…

Last week in preparing for Missouri all week we were doing ball security, the defense was pulling at us and it was relentless. Five seconds after the play they're pulling on the ball. To have these fumbles in this last game it shocked me because we worked on it all week. It's not something that the coaches are ignoring at all. Coach McCarney has been going at it relentlessly. It's something that we've all been working on, it's unexplainable.

 

On if they're trying to hard to make a play when the ball is fumbled…

I can't talk for everyone else but I know that when it happened to me that's what was going on in my mind. With Kockie I think that might have been the same deal but with the other fumbles I have no idea. You'd have to ask Jason [Harris].

 

On what happens in practice if you fumble…

It's a really big deal. Coach Cotton makes sure that everybody knows you fumbled and I think they're putting something in place this week that if you fumble you have to watch the rest of the team do up-downs or something like that. It's a big deal, it's not like they're joking around with it. The coaches are putting a lot of emphasis on ball security. It's the players who are doing it; it's not the coaches or anything.

 

 

 


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