statement … "Just going back, I'll talk a bit about the last game. I
thought our defense played pretty well. The coaches decided to give the
defensive player of the week award to the whole defense, and I thought that
was appropriate because it was a complete effort. Matt (quarterback Matt Grothe) got the offensive player of the week. Special teams player of the week
was Teachey (punter/kicker Justin Teachey) with the plays that he made and the
kick offs. It was a good win for us, another conference win. Those conference
wins are pretty valuable. We have to work on
is a very good football team. I've watched them against
Their quarterback is very big, he has a quick release, he knows the offense, and he can throw a great ball. Their offensive line has got some awfully good players. The offensive line, they use their tight ends a lot. Running backs are doing very well, and the receivers have caught come great balls, some great throws. He can be so precise. Their defense is big, really big. They will come get you, and do some awfully good things. The kicker has done a real good job. The punter has done a very good job. Their kicking game is good.
beaten some good teams. They beat
On quarterback Matt Grothe's foot … "I think its fine. But I'm not the doctor. He's kind of had some foot problems all along. He kind of runs interesting anyway. I expect him to be fine, but we prepare Pat (back-up quarterback Pat Julmiste). Pat has worked hard and Grant (number three QB Grant Gregory) and Anthony (number four QB Anthony Severino). I've said from the beginning that I like all four of our quarterbacks. They all get reps. They're all expected to be ready to go."
On offensive and quarterback … "We're going to be tested there is no question about that. Our offensive line is going to have to play well, very well, for us to win this football game. We talked about it, too (at practice). It's important."
On injuries in the lineup and the lineup rotation on the offensive line … "We had Jay Griffin out. That was one reason we settled in, those were the ones who were healthy. We've got about seven or eight guys who can play. Danny Tolley was really hurt all of last summer and through all of camp, so that really put him behind. Jared Carnes does some good things, but he just hasn't done enough good things. Then you have Jay Griffin. Those are the guys we trust. That's it. We don't have anyone else we are banking on. So we hope to get Jay back going, it's a process, it's not easy. We need him to get back, it's important."
On linebacker Stephen Nicholas … "He's done a great job. He's a tremendous athlete and a great leader. He loves the Lord very much. He uses the God given talent that he has."
On Trae Williams … "Trae Williams is really special. He works very, very hard. He is a tremendous corner, he makes a lot of plays and he works hard in practice. Same thing I was talking about Stephen, both of them work so hard in practice, that's what makes them. Not only do they have really good talent, they work hard. It's important."
On seniors … "They are a great group. They all work hard. It's not a real big group, but boy it's a good group. They've done a great job this year in leading and trying to make sure this team is accountable to each other."
On the reverse run and trick plays and why it worked last week … "We always have it in there. Why it has worked is because we've been running where there aren't any defenders. It's been able to work out for us at different times, but it's not worked at times, too. It's just a mis-direction play that you have to have in there. It's been effective sometimes, I guess."
We forget what it is to work and train and play hard, and we're not going to do that. We never will. What our guys do, I don't know. I never think things like that. To be honest, all I thought about last night was today. I didn't sleep a lot last night because I've been thinking about practice today. I kept thinking about the different things that this team does. I really want to have a good practice today, that's all I've really been thinking about. I really haven't thought about anything else. I really mean it."
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