Andersen proud of team amidst adversity

Coach Andersen met the press for his weekly press conference. He spoke to the team's fight and the youth that will continue to be called upon going forward.

It has been tough sledding for the Beaver football team.  Injuries and losses mount, but head coach Gary Andersen says the team is still focused and fighting to get better.

"It is a really emotional game," Andersen said. "I like to see fire and toughness and hard playing as the game goes on and communication will be consistent as we go forward and as far away as it seems, it isn't that far away. I don't say much about emotion I can see that it means a lot and I see the bounce back on Monday. It isn't woe is me, there is fight in them. I do find ways to let them understand how to correct things and what they are doing well."

The defense gave up 563 yards to Colorado on Saturday, the injuries to the cornerbacks put the Beavers in a tough spot and not getting enough of a pass rush played a role. 

"Pass rush has to get better," he said.

He also called out two players for stepping up on Saturday when Jay Irvine went down after filling in for Dwayne Williams.

"Devin Chappell and Bright Ugwoegbu did a great job dropping into man coverage because of where we were with numbers," Andersen said.  "I was proud of them for taking on the responsibility.  We lost our dime package, we'll tweak it so that we can be a three corner package at times."

"When we go out on the practice field they focus and they care," he said. "The install (today) was clean and precise and their 'want to' is high. These coaches care like I care and it hurts every single week when you're in this spot, but I understand that there is light at the end of the tunnel."  


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