We’re playing a Cincinnati team that is very explosive on offense. They have a quarterback who can pull the trigger. If he’s unavailable, they have another proven winner. They’re very mature – six returning starters on offense and eight on defense. It starts with Luc in the middle. He’s the number one tackler in the NCAA. They have aggressive safeties. The defensive ends are long. They’re doing a great job taking the ball away. It’ll be a great challenge for us.
On the poor third down rates on both sides:
There’s no excuse. We needed to get to 3 for 5 or 4 for 5 (on third downs) to get the offense to 58 reps. We needed to relax and execute on both sides. For instance, on 3rd and 6 we had a PI. That’s a big play in the game. That helped them convert on third down.
On the O-Line brother comparisons:
Kc is a lot more like Brandon and Nick’s a lot more like Shane. Not just in stature but how they play the game. Nick is strong, scrappy, will get to the second level. Brandon’s so much longer. Irocnially enough, Nicks’ like Shane. They play a real physical inside game. They’re stout and scrappy. I’m proud of how he played the other night.
It starts with the head coach and goes all through the organization. The staff, the leaders, the players. If we don’t have the right call or we don’t execute, we all fail. If you look at the game, we had to get off the field on third down. We didn’t take the ball away or get stops, it’s going to be a long day.
On preparing for Cincinnati’s QBs:
We have to be ready for all three. Gunner has a big arm, pocket presence. Munchie is a winner and they have a wildcat package too. We have to be ready for all three. If one doesn’t show up, that’s part of doing business.
On Stacy Coley’s slow start:
We have to get him going. He has to do a better job with details every day. We need his explosiveness. Having said that, Malcolm, Herb, Phillip have picked it up but we have to find ways to get him going. He’s a confident kid. He’s focused. He works hard. We have to find ways to get him the ball. Collectively, we can get this fixed.
On Denzel Perryman playing 7 yards off the ball:
Denzel’s depth is a function of the defense. He’s gotta get to six yards. We were trying to get him to move up so he can spring into the gap. Anymore than that, he’ll get cut by the guards all day. If you want to move him up, we’d be playing without a mike linebacker the whole game. We move him back in certain instances because we’re bringing one of the outside backers. The last two years we beat that team running the same stuff. We got takeaways and got third down stops. The offense was 50 percent on third down last year and 60-some the year before. That would have made it a different game. You have to beat them as a team.
On Ryan Williams:
Ryan is doing good. He’s working with the twos with Jake. Is he 100-percent yet? No but he’s getting better, no question.
On whether he could medically redshirt:
I’m going to pass on that question right now.