"I thought we played smart against
On the LSU players of the game vs.
"Our players of the game were (Craig) Buster Davis for 27 yards on punt returns and being able to handle those punts very confidently and comfortably. LaRon Landry, who had three tackles, a tackle for a loss and an assist, caused a fumble and a quarterback hit is giving us great leadership in the secondary was our MVP on defense. Dwayne Bowe had three touchdowns and probably blocked as well as I have seen a receiver block in a long time. It was just a dominant performance when he had the ball in his sights and when he didn't. It was a nice victory to come off of and understand that we just played like we should played."
"They are a veteran team. They have
lost a number of ballgames by one point, a seven-point loss to an
"On defense, they have talent
upfront with big, strong and physical guys. They can play. We are not going to
take this team lightly. We're looking forward to playing our style of football,
improving in a number of areas that we want to improve. That needs to take place
every week, certainly this week so we can beat, in my opinion, a very capable
On playing well after a loss …
"The thing that I am brought back on is my old coach, Coach (Bo) Schembechler. He used to say in quiet moments away 'teams with character respond to adversity.' To me this football team has that. I think they understand that it is our tradition and our right. It is what we are expected to do -- to show our strength and win. There is a piece of the puzzle that says if you gave everything you got and that opponent was a little better, then you understand. You can rationalize it. It is not any fun, but they were deserving. When you have a loss, you know that you contributed more to your opponent's victory than maybe even your opponent. What you have to do is respond. I think our football team responds. Our football team has character. Our staff, support staff, coaches and players understand."
On RB Jacob Hester …
"I don't know if the separation is
as significant. He just keeps going in there and gaining yards. He did a really
excellent job in the bowl game against
On Craig Davis at punt returner …
"It is interesting how a guy who never returned a punt in his high school career comes to college and really learns that ability while catching balls thrown by the quarterback. Most of his time has been spent receiving. When Buster catches a ball in the open field, he can run with it. He has that knack. To me, he has all the ball skills that you need to have a good return man. We like to see Buster back there, but I am not saying that at some point in time there might not be some other guys back there. We, as a team, when we call on you, you have to go in there and perform. It is that simple. Buster has given us a nice lift there."
On who carries the football at running back …
"That is a decision we make as a staff. Who has the best week at practice? Who has done those things on and off the field that we enjoy? We are playing the guys that we feel like give us the best opportunity at victory on that specific snap. I am not saying that Alley Broussard is not capable, and certainly I am not saying he won't get some carries as we move forward. We are going to approach it to win the game that we are playing. We felt like we made the right decisions last week."