"I really felt like the
"On offense, our MVP of the week was JaMarcus Russell, 18-of-20, 14 consecutive completions. He was also the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and is really playing good football for us. He's playing better than he has played. I really think our offense will run the football better. We have such great weapons and chemistry right now going on the perimeter. We'll continue to work on our running game and execute very specific situations and look forward to taking advantage of a team in the air."
"Chase Pittman is our MVP of the
week on defense again. There was a lot of production from Chase -- sacks, knock
downs, just a well-rounded game from him. Our special teams' player of the week
was Harry Coleman. He had five tackles in kickoffs and two inside the 20 (yard
line). The tempo of the day was set by our kickoff team or that return team is
just a tremendous advantage to us. We went into the week with hearing that the
"Now, if you look to
"On defense, Jarvis Moss is a big, tall defensive end -- 6-6, 255, No. 94 -- who has great speed. He is a real confident end. Ray McDonald plays inside for them or outside. No. 95 has been a very strong player in this league for years. Reggie Nelson, No. 1, leads the team in interceptions. He has four interceptions on the year. He is a very good cover player in their secondary. They are averaging giving up 42 yards on the ground and 187 in passing for 229. They are a real stubborn defense, and we look forward to that match-up. They are a very capable defensive unit."
"We look forward to these games.
Anytime you match a capable team with us, we want to see how it fares. We will
approach it the same way. We work hard, but we are going to celebrate it with
our play, that play coming on Saturday. It is the only top-10 match-up in the
nation. That's great. I don't think it will be anymore exciting to our players
if nobody shows up. We are looking forward to going to
"The quarterback carries, certainly, that is their greatest advantage in rushing the football. They spread the ball. They spread the formation out. They go up inside with the running back or with the lead back and a quarterback carry. That is the advantage that their offense has."
On going on the road again …
"We are not going to change. We are
going to do the same things we have always done. What we have learned from the
On LSU's defense …
"They are very talented. They are as good of a defense as I have ever been around. They will run and hit you. They have great scheme. They understand their responsibilities. They are big playmakers on the defensive unit. They are as good of a defense I have been around and playing that way."
On JaMarcus Russell's improvement
from the last game at
"I think JaMarcus Russell is a much
more accomplished quarterback than when he was no matter where he was playing
two years ago. I look forward to taking him there, and he looks forward to it as
well. That was the same JaMarcus Russell that went pretty well on the road at
On the wide receivers …
"I think Dwayne Bowe and Craig (Buster) Davis and for that matter, Early Doucet, come to practice and practice very, very hard. When you see them in how they pursue our offense and how they work at practice that is why they play so well in games. They play at a high rate of speed. They have done it with our quarterback. They expect to get the ball. They expect to run their route exactly right. Coach (Todd) Monken does a great job preparing them. They are excited about our offense and excited about playing on Saturday. Our like our receiver core. I feel it is a real advantage for us."