Great to be here. Just a quick recap, you know we ran into a buzz saw in Minneapolis.On the Minnesota Option Pass?
Didn't play our best game, but you can't take anything away from a very good Minnesota football team. You now they took it too us in every aspect of the game and we said in our press conference yesterday, we backslid to some degree because I thought we had -- really for the first 3 weeks of the season we were growing at a good rate, making the kind of progress we like to make, but we finished and culminated that growth -- at Kansas we were on the right track. Obviously we didn't do that.
We self destructed in many aspects, we hurt ourselves with a number of penalties that kept them on the field and led to scores. You know we had two critical pass interference calls that kept them on the field and of course some inadvertent holding calls that took us into long yardage situations and we got behind the eight ball right away.
Obviously we need to respond better to some of that adversity we faced, and that was part of my biggest concern; its one thing to have some problems, its another thing to respond the right way and I'm not pleased with the way we responded Saturday night and that's the essence of playing well in this conference.
You're gonna have some adversity - there are good football teams every week and you have to play well to have a chance to win, and when they make some plays, you need to bounce back and get back up on the saddle and we need to do that better, and that's something that's plaguing us quite frankly to this stage.
We are going to face again a very difficult and demanding opponent in Ohio State, there's no question about their abilities in every aspect of the game - they're an outstanding football team, well coached team by Coach [Jim] Tressel and we're going to have to lift our game up measurably to be able to match up with what I think is one of the best teams in the country.
I've said from the beginning, and I was asked immediately after the game, and I was asked yesterday, I really have no - I leave it up to other people to manage their program and call plays and make decisions based on what they think is the right thing. I don't know what's best and what's right for the Minnesota football team, I don't pretend to and I worry about, quite frankly, what's best for our football team.On any message drawn from the last two games between NU and OSU:
So, I'd really rather not comment on what people's decisions are.
Again, I know we're playing a great football team that has a great record of playing well and making plays you have to make to win I think that is what distinguished Ohio State.One back [Noah Herron] or two backs [add Terrell Jordan]
Certainly what our viewpoint , going back to what's important for us is how we play.
I'm quite certain, and I'm positive that Ohio State will play well against us because that's how they play. We need to match that same execution and that same ability to make plays. And to have a chance to win, we have to do that week in and week out.
We're going to go back to work and try to become a better football team this week. I thought for three weeks we were making that kind of growth - Obviously it backslid a week on us, but , if we can regroup and play better football - again we're goinna need to compete with Ohio State.
I think you need more than one back.What about Minnesota's Offensive Line [From a Penn State Newspaper]:
Its a demanding league [the big 10], and we have 8 weeks to go.
Noah's our back, I have a lot of confidence in Noah, I believe he's a quality player. I'm not sure I want to subject him to the pounding and the demands that would have to go with being the sole and only ball carrier in an offense.
Its incumbent on us to try to bring along a second back - shoot if I had 3 I'd do it. Now I don't think we have 3. I think we're trying to grow and develop a 3rd back and I think some of those young guys are going to be there but right now I feel we have a chance to have 2 quality players and 2 quality backs in Noah and Terrell .
Noah's going to walk out there first, he's going to get the lions share of the work, Terrell's going to get some opportunities, because I think that Terrell's earned that, deserves that and I think he can be a good player for us and compliment Noah well.
That's just my thinking - its one based on experience, and I think it is the best thing to do. Its going to benefit both players. I know before the year is over we're going to need both backs - need to play well for us.
They have a good scheme. Its what they've been doing for a long time and they're very confident in it, kept those same players in a large degree together. So any time you do the same thing over a long period of time, you develop a competency at it and I think that's what is benefiting Minnesota at this time, they have that scheme in and the kids are trained and grown in that scheme and get very confident.How hard is it to recruit good Offensive Linemen?
And they have good players, they're very good up front, and they have good backs running the ball behind them. So the combination of those things make them a very difficult offense to defend and again I think the credit goes to [Minnesota] coach Mason - the job they've done there - and not only with the scheme they have there, but the recruiting. They have fine players playing.
I think there is a certain amount of development usually, there are some guys arrive on campus and are ready to play immediately, but I think more than any other position on field, Offensive Linemen and probably Defensive Linemen require, typically, the most development .Recruiting Central Ohio? Why are there so many Big 10 players there?
Its a totally different game, and its a totally different skill from what they do in high school.
Typically, they are the biggest guy, in a lot of cases, on the field. They are the most dominant player on the field. When they come to college they're surrounded by 300 pound strong guys and they're on both sides of the ball.
So you have to relearn some things as a football player and very few young men come to college with the kind of strength it takes to play at this level.
So the combination of learning basically new skills, and new ways to play for a big guy and also developing the strength it takes at this level - I think are big projects and in some cases some guys don't meet that expectation either in the weight room or their skill development.
I don't think there's any question that there are an increasing number of Div I-AA level players in central Ohio.And thats a wrap....
My first recruiting call was in Columbus, it was my first recruiting area back in 1977- and that's how far back I go - it was Central Ohio.
I think its a combination of a couple of things: its population, you go back that far and you know the development of the City of Columbus and greater Columbus and the size and scope of that - the incredible quality of schools - some of the best high schools in the country are located in Columbus and I think you get great coaching and great investment, if you will, in high school football.
And I think all those things, not that it wasn't there before, but the population growth, the affluence, if you will, the economy, all the things that lead to great schools, great programs and investment are right in place in Columbus and I think as a result you seen an explosion of the quality of football players in that area.
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