We’re getting ready for Pittsburgh Saturday. James Connor is a great running back and theirt quarterback is playing very well. He as a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. Defensively, they’re limiting big plays and are excellent on third downs.
On injury updates:
Herb will be out for the game. Deon is day to day and we’ll see how he recovers from what he did today.
On so much losing:
No one will ever get used to losing in this organization. Our guys are fighting and competing. No one wants to lose. Saying that is one thing and another thing is addressing what needs addressed. I was very pleased with the attitude today and we have one heck of a team coming in here Saturday night.
On Joe Yearby:
I want these guys to be winners, be champions. Joe Yearby is one of those guys. He’s preparing every day. We want to have everyone in the organization to be like that. We have to take it one game at a time and Joe’s a leader, a big part of that.
On whether they had an emotional hangover against UVA:
You go into a game and if you stop them early which we did and you score, get a drive and then fumble. We were ready to play. There was no emotional hangover. I didn’t do a good enough job. Give Virginia a lot of credit. They played with a lot of energy and didn’t turn it over. They were the best front seven we’ve seen.
On the most improved player since he’s been here:
I didn’t recruit him but Clive Walford. He improved every year. He eliminated defects. You see his running after the catch is better than ever. He didn’t have the size, strength, and inline blocking ability early on. Now he can play so many different positions. He works hard at it and that’s why we can get him the ball. Jon Feliciano has come a long way. Thurston Armbrister has really grown. I hate doing this because I always leave someone out. It’s important for us to give them everything we can this week and to send them out winners.
On how far Walford has really come:
He wasn’t even strong enough to finish practice. He couldn’t run routes. He was obedient to the process and now he’s reaping the benefits of it now. He’s coachable. With Larry, James, and Brennan before him, he just kept growing and now he’s playing at a really high level.
On preparing for Pitt:
Every game we’ve played on the road we’ve gotten home at 5 am. It takes a few days to get back to being oriented. There’s no time. Pitt has played well the second half of the season. I’m not going to look back yet because we have so much we still need to work on in terms of Pitt.