"I watched the (
On being able to watch the Tennessee-Florida game at home without distractions…
"It was a lot of fun. I didn't miss a snap, and I enjoyed the company."
"The key to that is execution and
the ability to throw. I watched their Ole Miss game from a year ago where Ole
Miss led the gunner uncovered, and they executed with an extremely good pass. If
you let the gunner go and bate the throw, and the throw is caught and the tackle
is missed, it may be 90 yards. It may be a touchdown. So there is a real threat
to the opponent that says 'Go ahead and throw it', because if you break for it
and Ronnie Prude at
"Not knowing their talent and watching them practice and who they are, it would be inappropriate for me to comment. I can tell you that if there are advantages to playing two quarterbacks, you play two quarterbacks. Only the coach knows that."
On how LSU is preparing for
"We expect to see both of them. Both have the ability to throw the football, and it seems they put the ball in the right place. I think they're both quality quarterbacks, and we'll prepare for both of them."
On injury status of the team…
On if the defense has made
improvements since the
"I think our defense is going to be
fine. Certainly they are preparing to play a much better game and look forward
On who he thinks is best fit for the pass-rush…
"I think our front four are certainly capable of pass-rushing, Claude Wroten, certainly Kyle Williams and Melvin Oliver, and I like Chase Pittman. I think those four guys will down in and down out give you pressure without calling extra guys into the rush."
On if there were any players on
"(Robert) Meachem I knew of, but I didn't necessarily get close to him. I don't think he gave much of opportunity to in-state schools. I think he was leaving the state from the get-go."
On if he has ever to fly in the day
of a game like
"I did that in the NFL. I think that happens occasionally in there NFL where you play a late game on Sunday and don't necessarily want to get there early. I don't think it's optimal, but I don't think it's going to hurt them in any way."
On if the team will be playing with a theme because of the recent events in the state…
"I think our team is going to
operate as usual, just us. We'll talk about what's going to be the team's pull.
We've already talked about team goals, and it's no secret that this football
team feels drawn to play for the state of
On if there will be any personnel changes in the secondary…
"I think there's an opportunity for a number of guys to see snaps there. I don't think changes are necessarily the word. I think we're going to play some different guys periodically."
On what his biggest concern was
with the defense at
"We would like to have had a better pass-rush, and certainly we need to cover the pass. We need to execute the things that we prepare prior to the game. If we do that, we'll be fine."
On if it was surprising how well
"Any time an offense moves the football, it's alarming. We spent some extra time on it not only as a staff, but in preparation."
On if Ali Highsmith has a chance to start at Will linebacker…
"I think you can look for him to play a lot of football whether he's a starter or not."
On if he will continue to switch out Bret Helms and Will Arnold at left guard…
"I think they will. I think it works out pretty well for both guys."
On scoring two touchdowns on
special teams against
"We planned on it only taking 38 seconds. Skip Bertman said it the other day. The idea that those plays could happen back-to-back in two special teams situations is the same game, it will probably never happen again--until Saturday."
On if he's anxious to see how his team will deal with the hype surrounding the first home game of the season with College Gameday on campus…
"I think we've handled a lot of outer stuff. The outer stuff isn't going to be the issue. It's just going to be prepared to play and looking at our opponent."
On what he expects from the
"I think they have a nice scheme. I think they mix man and zone very well. Their players are very good players. They have a very strong defense, and there are just not many weaknesses. I think they're averaging 60 yards on the ground, and they just have a nice scheme and make good adjustments, and certainly their players are good players."
On why there was a lack of
execution with his defense against
"I just think there are certain situations where there are opportunities for guys to lose sight of what they're doing, and I think occasionally that happens. I think it happens in every game. It happened in a time and a place for us where they were throwing the football every down."
On the difference in preparing for
On Early Doucet and his talents…
"Early Doucet is going to be a really fine football player here for the rest of his time here. He played quarterback in high school and is extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. He has the natural ability to catch it. He's a big, strong, physical wide receiver who has really fine speed. I expect that the best football from Early Doucet you're about to see. I think he'll play extremely well from here on out."
On Doucet's touchdown catch versus
"We had a first-down opportunity. He was a come open late across the field and just extended that route based on the scramble. JaMarcus knew he was going to be in that area. He did have leverage on the guys who were defending him following him. So JaMarcus made a great throw to him, and on that play Early made a great catch. It was a very difficult catch, and he catches it with his hands in an awkward way and at high speed comes down with the foot in bounds. That was a big-time play."
On if Russell had to ad lib any plays other than the late touchdown and if he was pleased with his decisions…
"He had to ad lib one other time. I was happy both times. I was happy first and foremost at how he operated the offense. He, within the scheme of the offense, did what he was supposed to do and threw where he was supposed to throw. It appears to me that he sees the field extremely well, so he's really improving. The ad libs, or self-interpretations if you will, turned out pretty good."
On how concerned he is with protecting the quarterback this weekend…
"I think they have a dominant front rush, and I think our offensive line matches up well against them. But it's certainly a big concern."
On how the offensive line looked after watching tape…
"They played really well. Some were
better than others, but as a group the offensive line played well at
On how his team is differently defensively than Saban's…
"Maybe they played a little more man than was played in the first game, but that's not to say that won't be played a little more extensively in the second game. It really depends on who we're playing."
On if he has invited a lot of people to come watch his first home game…
"I have invited a lot of people, but they haven't been able to get any hotel rooms. My house is a good size house, but I can't fit them all in there. But there are still a number of them coming. First of all, my mom is going to be there, and I invited my old line coach (from high school) who will be there as well."
On if the fact that this is his first home game is anti-climactic now with all the other outside circumstances…
"The idea that our time gets to play at home I don't think is ever going to be anti-climactic. We're as excited as we can be. We look forward to being in the new stadium and look forward to being at home in front of our friends and family. I can't imagine that will ever be 'just a game' for me."
On if he's done any work on his headset…
"I have personally done very little engineering on that headset. I shove it in my ear and forget about it most of the time."
On how he makes the decision on which defensive scheme to use…
"I think it's a match-up issue. It's how do our players match up against their players and how does a man scheme with a quick release passing opportunity for them give or take away opportunities. I understand 1-2-3 let it rip, put the ball in the air, and then it's their player versus your player when it's man-to-man. Certainly you can see that working to our benefit, but you can also see that working against us. So I think it's the mix. It's the ability to let the corner know he has some help, and then again when we choose, putting out there man-to-man, saying let's go play and come after him."
"I think he's a very, very good college football player and a great quarterback. I think that football team will be a great football team through the remainder of the year. I think you'll see that they'll play well."
"He is big, strong and physical. You have to tackle him with your whole body because he'll run through some arm tackles. We expect to be up to that challenge."
On Kirston Pittman's status…
"Kirston had a procedure on his ankle, and we don't expect him back in the short term. He may well be (done for the year)."
On how the come-from behind win at
"I don't think that there's ever been the feel that they can get out of any hole. I think the key is that we go an execute to the best of our ability and certainly we want to play from in front as well as win them from behind. I think our team has confidence and they understand that if they put us in a position where we can win, we will. That's a good feeling."
On if having a bye week last weekend was good or bad for his team…
"When we arrived at 5 a.m. from the west coast time slot, it was very good that we had an off week. Come Tuesday, we were wishing we had a game on Saturday. This will work our and we look forward to Saturday."
On how this weekend will be different with all of the hype surrounding this game…
"I think game week will be the same for our players. I look forward to the only difference being that we're playing a game at home as opposed to on the road."
On if he plans on doing anything special with the student section…
"We're anticipating upon successful completion of the game going over to sing the alma mater with the student section."
On the extra games at Tiger Stadium…
"I know that these are extraordinary times and that our administration is reaching out to the state trying to accommodate as many as they can all take in. So that's the case with those extra games being played at Tiger Stadium."
On the team's focus…
"I think with school starting, I think football on a game week, knowing when the practices are, getting into a routine will benefit us. I think this is and does feel like a return to routine for us."
On walking into Tiger Stadium for his first time…
"I'm looking forward to that. I think it's going to be a wonderful time, both for me and our team. This is the start of the home season. After all that has transpired, I think it will be very special, something everyone will remember. "