Illinois Postgame: Marcus Paschal Transcript

Marcus Paschal spoke with the media on Saturday following Iowa's victory over Illinois. Read what he had to say in this premium audio update.

Marcus Paschal: Nah, it pretty much took care of itself. Coming in on Sunday after last week's game, Iowa State, that's one of the first things Coach Ferentz acknowledged to the team. He let them know that we had a game ahead of us. He told us that the next 8 days will determine what type of team this is going to be. We work each and every day through practice and everything. I think we got the job done today, then tomorrow we go in and watch film, see the mistakes we made against Illinois and get ready on Monday to start going toward Ohio State.

Q: You playing center field will have a burner coming at you on Saturday.

Paschal: Yeah, I will, but in the Big Ten, you're going to have playmakers each and every week. We're going to have to be able to step up to the challenge.

Q: What did you think about Iowa's pass defense today?

Paschal: I think we did pretty good. We had a couple calls that didn't go our way. For the most part I think we did pretty good. Tomorrow when we go in and watch film. I know we can capitalize on some of the things that we didn't do.

Q: You've become a big hitter out there.

Paschal: I'm just trying to make plays. I wouldn't call myself a big hitter, I'm just in the right place at the right time.

Q: What were your guys' impressions of Juice Williams out there? He may be a bit different look than Tim Brasic gives you.

Paschal: My impression was that he's a real good athlete. He showed that today. He can move around, throw the ball, and I think he's a real good player. He has a bright future ahead of him.

Q: What, as a defense, do you do when you see a guy make his first career start, what do you expect out of him?

Paschal: You just have to try. You can't stop him, you only hope to contain him. I think we contained him today. He got his yards when he had to, but for the most part, I think we contained him to the best of our abilities.


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