Coker Press Conference - Offense

Larry Coker reviewed a number of topics concerning the Hurricane offense at his weekly press conference yesterday. Among the topics discussed were the play of Brock Berlin, Frank Gore, Tyrone Moss, Ryan Moore and more.

Opening statement on Louisiana Tech ...

We have a 2-0 Louisiana Tech team coming in with Jack Bicknell—an excellent football coach. They have a little different look this year. They have a lot of starters back—eight on offense and eight on defense. They have a new defensive coordinator, Tim Rose from Boston College and East Carolina, and people don't like to play against a Tim Rose-defense. It is an unorthodox version that what you normally see. They play a 3-4 defense and they are much improved. Offensively what you see is different is they run the ball a lot. Ryan Moats is the leading rushing in the nation and he is a terrific football player. He is a Barry Sanders-type player and he is his idol. It is a little different look that what we have seen in the past. They still haven't forgotten how to pass the ball, but they certainly running the ball. They are a very dangerous football team.

On if the week's schedule will change ...

We don't really change a lot this week. Obviously the opponent is different, the team knows that. We have an opportunity to play at home and we are right where we want to be. We have 30 days of practice in August to prepare for one game and now we have two games in 12 days. We have to get prepared and we have to get prepared early. I don't anticipate a letdown. From what I have seen, and hopefully what the team sees, is that this is a great win. We have a chance to be good. We struggled some and we made some mistakes, but we are getting better on offense. That is the thing I am encouraged about.

On the 1:00 start time against Louisiana Tech to get ready for Houston ...

That is why we wanted the 1:00 game on Saturday. We are on the road on Thursday against Houston. It is not like we are at home. Hopefully the 1:00 game will give us more prep time and rest time to get ready.

On if thoughts of last year's offensive struggles entered your mind in the game against Florida State ...

Not really. Thoughts of outstanding defense crept up in my head. There will be a lot of teams that will have trouble against Florida State. Am I disappointed? Yes. I think we see some opportunities that we had, but we have to do a better job.

On calling the plays from the sideline and then running onto the field ...

What we were trying to do—and a lot of people do it—is we wanted to get the cal and run on the field to confuse the defense. We had a little bit of a problem with our headsets and I don't think we adjusted to it as quickly as we needed to. The reason we do it is to confuse the defense, but we were more confused than we were. I liked the idea, but we just have to do it.

On QB Brock Berlin's success in shotgun formation as opposed to under center ...

I have heard that. We did some research on that. He might be more comfortable in shotgun, but he is not more effective. We want to know ourselves—is he better there? I don't mind him being in the shotgun. We do a lot in the shotgun on first down and third down throughout the game. I think the thing that stands out is that good things have happened like the win against Florida, West Virginia, and now Florida State. But, throughout the course of the season I think it evens out.

On the performance of RB Frank Gore ...

I am really happy for Frank Gore. I talk to Frank a lot and I heard an interview after the game. I don't really know what he said because he was so elated.

On RB Tyrone Moss getting a limited number of carries ...

We would like to do that, but it just didn't work out that way. Sometimes we didn't block very well when he was in the game and he didn't have a chance. Then it would be three and out. It wasn't intended that way. It just worked out that way. We definitely need to get him the ball.

On WR Ryan Moore dropping three passes—something he didn't do practically all of last year ...

Probably not in his life—not since grade school. I don't know what the struggle was. People had a lot of ideas like getting his eyes checked, but he is okay. He just has to keep his intensity level up. He did a good job blocking for us like on Frank Gore's winning touchdown. There is a lot of contribution there, but for us he has to make some catches.

On the potential battle for the starting WR spot between Ryan Moore and Sinorice Moss ...

I don't think that is a typical game from Ryan Moore. I think we have seen what Ryan can do in practice and last year during the games. Ryan has to play better—he knows that and we know that. I think Sinorice has shown us that we do have another player there. I think what we have is that we are going to play a lot of receivers anyway. We need them all to play well. Sinorice has moved up in our thoughts and we have to get Ryan back on track. We certainly need his presence in the game.

On the progress of the wide receivers ...

I feel pretty good about it. We weren't great. We got some big plays and they didn't get any. I think that was the difference in the ball game. This week it was Sinorice Moss and next week it could be someone else. We have some big playmakers there, but we have to know that and realize that. We have to get the ball to those playmakers. We were able o do that pretty much last week. I am not disappointed in the receiver play overall. But again, I think we can be much better.

On the versatility of OL Chris Myers ...

I told Chris that the guys in the NFL like players that can play more than one position. He is a versatile player and he is smart, tough, and he cares. He is a nice guy and those guys are valuable.

On the offensive line competition ...

Florida State is a good team and Tyler McMeans was making his first start. He made some mistakes and got beat some, but he played hard. He is tough. Now we need to get Rashad Butler healthy and Tony Tella is coming along. Andrew Bain, Derrick Morse, and Anthony Wollschlager are also improving. There is a lot of competition there. It is great to see the offensive line getting better each week.

On K Jon Peattie's groin injury and who steps in if he is unable to play ...

Mark Gent. Brian Monroe has a lot of range kicking, but I don't really like to do that. Francesco Zampogna is another guy that could step in, but Gent is our guy.

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