Mora on Tuesday

The head coach talks about what different challenges Oregon State presents, and whether that offense may entail using slightly different personnel...

Opening Statement:

Our first day of physical work for Oregon State and players got a chance yesterday to look at them on film on their own time today. I think they have a healthy respect for Oregon State as a football team. They play hard with a lot of passion, great technique. It'll be one heck of a game Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

Q:How different is this Oregon State offense from the first three weeks of teams you've faced?

A:A lot. We're going to see some real runs. We're going to see some power, some counters and some lead draws. We're going to see three tight end sets. We're going to see four wide as well. They do a lot of different things. It's a lot different than what we've seen the first three weeks."

Q: You seem excited about it.

A: It's just a good challenge for us. We need this right now. We need to get back to some hard nose football on defense. It's always good to follow up a game where the ball's in the air a lot with a game with teams that can run the ball.

Q: Facing this offense, will that entail some personnel changes?

A: No, not really. It could influence what defenses we play. When you're playing a spread team you're playing a lot more your dime personnel. This week if they're going to three tight ends we're not going to dime. We're staying in our 3-4 stuff. In general if they're going three tight ends, a back and a wide out .. .if they put big guys on the field we want to put big guys on the field. If they put speed on the field, we want to put speed on the field.

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