Presser Notes: Wisconsin

Updates from Pat Fitzgerald and players after the team's big win.

Pat Fitzgerald

On defending Melvin Gordon - “There were three long runs in which we didn’t tackle. That’s something we need to work on...He’s as advertised.”

On the team’s identity right now - “We’re a work in progress. The reason why we’ve been successful for the past few games is because of the work we’ve put in during the week.”

On Godwin Igwebuike - “I’m sure you guys will tell me to start him once Campbell comes back. It’s a good problem to have.”

On the game plan - “Our plan this year against their offense was much better than it was a year ago. Last time, we tried to do too much, and we had a lot of mental and formational busts. We told our guys that we didn’t do right by them a year ago.”

On O-line improvement: "Some of young guys are getting experience and some of our older guys are starting to play like seniors."

On the secondary - “They’re starting to take the McManis attitude,” in reference to former Wildcat Sherrick McManis’ goal to not allow a catch every practice.

Other notes - Matt Frazier is Fitzgerald’s most improved player. Trevor Siemian was walking with "swagger" after appearing to injure his ankle in the first half. Fitz also mentioned that Mick McCall wanted the play action call to Dan Vitale that nearly sealed the game, saying, “Let’s go get it.’”

Godwin Igwebuike

On the game-sealing interception - "He just blessed me, it went right to my hands...I kind of blacked out, and expected to just knock it down."

Ifeadi Odenigbo

- "I knew I couldn't get too caught up in play action. They do a lot of that."

On his recent string of big games - "I can't get caught up in the past. I can only focus on the future."

Matthew Harris

On playing Saturday - "I'm lucky to be here. The training staff did an unbelievable job preparing me and getting me confident to go out and play."

On the team's three-game winning streak - "We knew that we were better than that. Our coaches got on us and we put it in the past. But our mentality really hasn't changed. We always knew what we were capable of."


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