Are the slow starts a concern?
Its always a concern and it
just depends on why you're getting slow starts. In this last game, a fumble put
us in bad field position for the entire first quarter with a new quarterback and
everything else. So we understand that it's a concern, but we just have to keep
Difference for Mario the last two weeks as compared to the
first few games:
Well he's letting himself go. Last year about this
time was when he started letting himself go. They've been doing some crazy
things to Mario and Manny to try to slow them down and get them confused. We
challenged the whole group two weeks ago at Wake Forest and they stepped up to
the table on that and they just kept doing it yesterday.
John McCargo out for the season?
Its too early for that. Theres a
chance he might be able to get back before the season is out, but time will tell
and its too early to tell.
Thoughts on Andre
He had a fabulous game and everyone of those running backs
are capable of doing the kind of things Andre did yesterday. Andre is
picking it up, he made a great catch and dropped two easy screen passes. He has
some really good hands and that was a really big confidence builder for
Will you name him starter?
Well who would you
I would go with the hot guy.
I think we'll
agree with you there.
Marcus Stone's first start:
got us the win. You know what the most important thing for a quarterback is?
It's to get the ball into the end zone and to win football games. On
third-and-three on the goal line with the score 17-14, and we called a timeout
to decide what we wanted to do down there and so on and so forth. For us and
Marc Trestman to say let's throw it, we've got a chance and to find something
that can work and when Marcus completed that touchdown pass in the endzone, it
had to do oodles for his confidence and the confidence we have in him. He got
off to a slow start, and all that had to do with field position. It was his
first start. It was his first start for a quarterback, and there is an awful lot
of improvement that needs to be done.
What is McCargo's injury
and how did it happen?
It's a stress fracture and that had to put a
screw in the bone. He has no idea how it happened. He played the whole game
against Wake Forest and it started bothering him about halfway back on the bus
trip. He got treatment on it last Sunday and they took some X-rays. I didn't
know that anything
was terribly wrong until after we got out of our press
conference on Monday afternoon about 3:15. It was about 4 o'clock that I was
told it might be a stress fracture and this and that. We wanted to get another
opinion. We did another scan on it and it came back positive. We then did what
they felt was the best thing to do. I don't have any idea (how it happened). We
asked him and he does not know when it happened. He has no idea what
How will you fill his spot?
of them that rotated in there. Martrel Brown, Tank and Pressley, and that was
the three-man rotation involved. John Bedics had a good week of practice last
week. He's just a freshman, but we feel comfortable with him in there too if we
Tramain Hall still have back issues?
he's had issues with that since he came here. Stretching out is something that
he does an awful lot of.
Any comparisons between Andre Brown and
A little bigger, he's a lot bigger. The guy he reminds me
of when we were in two-a-days I kept saying boy he reminds me of somebody,
doesn't he remind me of somebody. A lot of it, and I hate to use this one, but
the way Herschel Walker would get in there. He runs with his shoulder square,
and he has great acceleration. On that 61-yard touchdown run, I think, I could
be wrong, but it looked like the DB's were shocked by the way he pulled away
from them. But to compare him to Ted Brown is to compare him to probably the
best back that has ever played here. That's a pretty daggone good comparison.
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