Are people making too much out of your offensive struggles and not giving enough credit to Penn State?
Penn State did a great job of defending us all day.
Did they show you things you hadn't seen or tweak things to throw you off?
Not really. They pretty much showed us the same things we'd been seeing on film and the same things the last couple of years that we played them.
Do you think guys were pressing when things were snowballing?
I don't think so. Some guys might have been getting frustrated with not being able to move the ball as easily as we have been the last couple of weeks. That's a credit to Penn State. They did a great job.
Are you confident that you guys are OK on offense?
Yeah. We're going to be fine. We're just going to keep going at it in practice. We're going to put some points on the board.
Do you guys need to get a running game going here?
Yeah. If we can get a running game going, that's just going to help us. That's what's going to open up the pass more for us. If we can get one going, it will be awesome.
Is the running game coming together in practice?
I think so. Those guys (Brownlee and Sims) definitely are getting more comfortable in there. The line has been doing a good job up front making some holes.
Is this a dangerous week with Illinois being a wounded dog?
Yeah. We've got to be ready for Illinois. They're going to be ready for us. They're hungry for a win. We've got to go in ready to play.
What did you know of Beutjer?
I knew him for a week.
Does that name piss anybody off or bring up bad memories?
That class is kind of gone. The juniors and seniors that are here now, we really didn't spend any time with him and didn't really get a chance to know him. It would kind of be like shooting blanks to say that we didn't like him or whatever.
You know, we're just trying to win a football game. I'm sure they're going to try to do the same thing. If he gets a chance to go out there and be successful against us, I'm sure he's going to be pretty pumped about that.
What do you remember from him in that one week?
It was kind of a blur. I came and then he was leaving. That's all I knew. I didn't really talk to him, didn't introduce myself. I didn't really know him at all. I didn't know him enough to even come up with an opinion about him. That name really doesn't mean more than the second or third string guy over there.
As a freshman, you've got to be like, is this what college football is all about?
It was kind of a unique situation to come in and kind of see that. It's something that's passed this football team now, and I'm sure he's trying to get it out of his closet.
How do you avoid the temptation to look beyond them?
It's tough because we do have such a hard schedule in November coming up. It's tempting. But at the same time, we have a long way to go in this season. And if we don't get this win, it's obvious that our season is going to be going downhill. We just have to take one step at a time, one game at a time. If we look beyond, it's going to catch up with us.
How does this defense get better?
There are definitely some improvements that we can make. There are some things for each person to focus in on individually where we'll improve as a whole. We've giveen up a lot of passing yards. We're not the worst in the country but we're not where we want to be. We've just got to keep improving on the little things and fundamentally get better. As the season goes on, if you can continue to improve, you just find yourself having an edge.
Is it tough not to relax a bit when you've had the success you guys I have had siince Michigan?
It could be easy to relax but we have the right coaches in the right situation. We want to improve. We want to be at the top, not near the top. We want to be at the top. e want to keep improving and try to be the best defense in the country and in the Big Ten. We have some ground to cover yet.
Is this a trap game for you guys?
I don't think it is. At this point of the season we've really got to take one game at a time. You could look at Penn State as being a big trap game for us too. We were going there and the situation was bad and after having the big win that we had.