Golden post-game comments

Read on to see what head coach Al Golden was saying following his team's win over Arkansas State.

On the explosiveness of the offense...
“It was good to see. I think Brad [Kaaya] obviously benefited from this week of practice. I thought his timing was better, his rhythm was better, I thought our precision on the routes was better. Obviously we gave him enough time to throw.”

On if the longer week of practice helped quarterback Brad Kaaya...
“No question. We had four days where we threw, and I think he benefited from it greatly and obviously I think the receivers did a nice job too. We were very precise all week.”

On where he saw the most improvements...
“I thought we mixed it up well. We were aggressive on first down, and that’s coming with Brad [Kaaya]. Brad hits the quick out that Phillip [Dorsett] ends up taking. That’s all him. The other check that we ended up scoring on, the run, [it was] the same thing there. That was all him on the line of scrimmage. I think he felt more comfortable, I think he executed well, but we played better around him in this game.

On the way wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is playing...
“I think the biggest difference in Phillip Dorsett right now is his overall game. He’s in and out of breaks better, he’s catching in-cuts. He’s always been fast, but he’s a lot more quick and his lateral agility is good right now. He worked really hard this week. I told him before the game I thought he was going to have a big one. No one could have seen that big, but that’s the way he’s practicing right now. Good for him.”

On how much it means to see Phillip Dorsett excelling after injuries in 2013...
“That’s fun to see. That was difficult last year, because really for the last three games – Virginia, Pitt and the bowl game - he tried to go. He tried to be in there. That was torturous for him because he couldn’t go. He comes out this summer and had an unbelievable summer. He’s practicing really well right now, he has great stamina, we’re happy for him. He’s catching the ball really well.”

On the challenge of facing an up-tempo offense like Arkansas State...
“It was exactly what we thought it was. I just told the team that. What makes Arkansas State good is they execute. I thought they executed really well, but I thought we made some really big plays on defense. I thought we were tight in the redzone, I didn’t know what it ended up being, but obviously we were pretty good on money downs against them – it looks like 10-of-24 on third and fourth down. And then we had two redzone stops which was big.”

“I don’t know all the stats...but too many plays [allowed], we need to convert more on offense, get off the field little better on defense. That’s a team that executes at a high level, and we were able to keep them to 329 on 89 plays. I can’t do that math, but that’s pretty good.”

On his feelings regarding the team’s focus on the Red Wolves and not next week against Nebraska...
“We’ve been trying to make it 12 one-game missions, and I think they did that. I don’t think we let anything on the outside creep in. I thought they were focused all week. I got a real good feeling all week by just how we practiced. No interruptions, good focus, and everybody concentrating on what we need to get done. They came out here and executed today.”

On watching different players stepping up on defense every week...
“It’s good. I think you look out there today, I thought we were physical. There’s always going to be stuff that you clean up, but that’s a triple champion in their conference and a lot of guys that have won a lot of games over there. We told them exactly what they were going to be, and they were that. You could see it early on. I thought Arkansas State played fast, executed really well, and their quarterback made plays. Their quarterback made some plays where you’re [saying], ‘I can’t believe he just did that,’ and a lot of them moved the sticks. But it was really good - I thought we played physical, I thought our safeties were physical and active, and obviously we had some guys come through pretty big for us.”

On what the performance says about the maturity of the team...
“I hope we’re more mature. I think we’re growing. I thought we got better this week. We’re not a finished product, not where we want to be yet, but I thought we got better. I thought it showed out here today. If we were looking ahead and weren’t focused, we wouldn’t have thrown it around the way we did...even the second and third efforts we got from the running backs were excellent, in addition to what we saw on defense.”


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