Q. How is Jalen Myrick doing?
TC: Just talked to Ed. He got out of the hospital here within the last 30 minutes. They're on their way back. So he's improved. Obviously he'll be out with the situation he's had. At least they got it situated and he's on his way back.
Q: Do you have any way of knowing is this going to be a long-term thing now?
TC: I was told three to four weeks, and he should be back to okay as far as his lung and that goes. You know, by all likelihood he'll be done for the rest of the season.
Q. How tough is that going to be? Another defensive back you have to replace
TC: Same answer: take the healthy ones, find out what they do best, practice them, get them in the game, give it your best shot. Ain't going to do any good. It's one thing with the NFL, we can't go out and pick somebody off of waivers and that.
I thought KiAnte Hardin the other night stepped in, did a great job. So we'll just take the next healthy one and throw him in there and go. But it's been a weird season as far as that goes.
But at the same time our kids, they have answered the bell, haven't used it as excuses, continue to compete. I expect we'll do the same.
Q. Have you heard anything more about the contract situation for you going forward here?
TC: I haven't. We got back so late on Sunday. So hopefully, like I say, I'm hopeful we'll hear something this week. But have not had a chance to do that. This Floyd of Rosedale is a pretty big deal.
Q: Q. What is Iowa doing that is so effective?
TC: Their front four. Iowa is Iowa. If you've seen them, they're a 4-3 team. Same thing as a year ago, just playing better. Confidence has so much to do with it than the scheme and ta-da, ta-da. I always talk about putting kids in a position to do what they do best. Right now their kids are very confident. The things they're asking them to do, they're very good at. We have to find a way to do better than what we did last week against Ohio State, for sure. That will help out Mitch also. But it is a challenge with how well they're playing versus the run.
Q. What do you think about Jack Lynn's development? Came in undersized. You got him built to look like this, how he's gone even the last two years.
TC: It's kind of how we are with the recruiting aspect of it. We have to take the kids that have the talent, the play, they're just a little bit undersized at the time. Get them in the weight room. He's playing now when most people probably should play. Redshirt sophomore, junior year. The thing, he's such a great student of the game. The thing that Jack has helped with his development with some of the injuries, we've been able to move him around and he's really played well wherever we have played him. We would definitely miss him. He's a little banged up right now, but everybody is. That kid shows up to practice every day. I mean, again, like a lot of our kids on defense, I think they enjoy playing the game. He's put an awful lot of work into it from when he first got here to where he is now. He's always had the talent level. It's a matter of getting his size up to where it needs to be.
Q. When you're calling a game, the running gameis not going, is there a tug of war with you abandoning the run, or do you have to stick with it?
ML: You get to a point, I feel more and more comfortable as the season's gone on, a lot of our short passing game, you have to mentally say, It's as good as a run. You get to a point where you say, A five-yard gain is a five-yard gain. One coach on offense constantly reminds me, You never go broke taking a profit.
If you can get those five yards with a short pass or with a screen or something on the perimeter as opposed to going between the tackles, that's kind of the ultimate goal at the end of the day is how you move that football.
Yeah, we'd like to be able to run the ball better. But at the same time with what Mitch is doing right now, guys like KJ Maye, Brandon Lingen, they're opening up some other opportunities in other areas.
Teams are still under the thought process that they're not going to let us run the football, they're going to get one more in the box than we have. They're going to keep daring us to throw the football. Each and every week we get more comfortable with that facet of things..
Q. Would you offer an evaluation of Tyler Moore through his first four games?
ML: Tyler's had his ups and downs. The number one thing he's done is it's allowed us to kind of steady the ship inside there. Knock on wood, he hasn't had any bad snaps. That's not an easy thing when you have the kind of D-linemen that you're facing, D tackles in the Big Ten, you're going into an environment like Ohio State where it's loud, those types of things. I think he's handled that well. Technique-wise, you're playing a freshman, really, the offensive line, it's a challenge. There's going to be the highs and the lows. Fortunately he's an intelligent kid, he's a physical kid. Now just the technique part of it is the part that needs to come along. That's what gets him in trouble from time to time. Overall I've been really pleased with what he's been able to do this year
Q. What do you think of Drew Wolitarsky's performance?
ML: There's kids that come along, happens with all of them, but Drew played as a freshman. I kept saying there were things that happened. Two or three times I said, Junior Drew will make that play where freshman Drew didn't. That's exactly what's happening now. He's matured. Sometimes with the way our situation is, kind of the leadership role was thrust upon him. He had two choices: he could have either shied away from it or embrace it. Fortunately he embraced it. He is a guy that comes to practice every day and works. He likes catching the football, likes getting the ball. He puts his work in. Also, too, now our younger guys are able to look at kind of our big three of older wide receivers with Drew and Eric Carter and KJ and their work ethic in practice is starting to rub off on Rashad and Melvin Holland and those guys
Q. Are you optimistic at all about getting anybody back on the O-line this week?
ML: I'm always optimistic, you should know that (smiling). But I don't know. I literally take it day by day. If Ed comes to me and says, This guy is ready to go, we'll welcome him with open arms, get him back in the rotation. At the same time the guys that we've had, they've been warriors and hung in there, fought their tail ends off. You'll go to bat with those guys. Whatever else we get is going to be gravy at this time. If they tell me somebody is healthy, we'll roll. If not, it's like in Hoosiers, That's my group out there, and we'll go from there.