On playing against Dan Persa last year and what he sees in him as a QB:
"He's a big running threat. Last year he ran a little bit more, but he can still take off so we have to be ready for that."
On playing against Northwestern's short passing game:
"It's challenging, but that is why you have to get your conditioning up. They run really fast so you need that high energy level."
On playing a mobile QB last week and if it's helped to prepare them for Northwestern:
"Definitely. It helped us identify gaps we have to address and just get comfortable in that type of game situation."
On the biggest defensive challenge facing Northwestern:
"There is not a lot of time to substitute. That is why you need your conditioning..."