Presser Quotes: Brock Vereen

MINNEAPOLIS — Starting cornerback Brock Vereen answered questions from the media on Tuesday.

Brock Vereen on if he was surprised USC kept throwing to Robert Woods:
"We weren't surprised. We knew going in he was a great athlete. We knew, of course, in any game plan you're going to keep going to one of your best players. Of course we wish we would have done a better job stopping him but I think we still played very well."

On battling Woods in the second and if it gave him confidence:
"A lot [of confidence]. Anytime you go up against a good receiver you that you have a great challenge ahead of you. Of course we weren't successful winning the game but as far as the secondary I think that we played really well and to stop a good receiver like that gives you confidence going into the rest of the season."

On not allowing Robert Woods to make explosive plays:
"A player as explosive as he is, is bound to get his catches. If a coach wants him to get catches, he will. We had to make sure the big play had to be contained."

On if he feels Woods wore down in the second half of if they just adjusted to him:
"I don't think it was Woods. I think as a team, our off-season work, all our conditioning—in the fourth quarter you could tell they were gassed and we were still good to go.

On if the USC game gave the team more confidence or if it was demoralizing:
"Definitely not demoralized in any way. Confidence, I don't think, has ever been an issue with our secondary. I just think, maybe, the big crowd, the big lights—it was the first game. We just had to settle down and once we did we played to our full potential."

On the New Mexico State receivers:
"Any receivers on the Division-I level are going to be fast, are going to be athletic. I think this is going to be more focusing on us and correcting the mistakes from last week."

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