VIDEO: Mazzone Talks Offense

SEP. 4 -- Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone talks about the issues on offense against Virginia...

On evaluating the running game:
The first thing I was really shocked about, we get home Saturday night, I woke up the next morning and the sun came out. I was shocked. I didn't think it was going to. But no, I didn't think it was good, it was hit or miss, no rhythm to it. We've always been able to run the football. It's not an area of concern or panic, we'll be better and better prepared. I honestly didn't think I gave them as many chances as I needed to. I wanted to throw passes and touchdowns and make everybody happy, but its something we need to do, and run the football.

On Nate Iese:
It was kind of cool to see Nate in there and do some things for us. I thought Paul and JJ ran really hard. Our front five guys and our running backs and Nate (Iese), I have to give them more of an opportunity to start feeling the game, get dirty.

On losing Steven Manfro:
What an awesome young man who was very valuable to this football team. But there will be someone who steps up and fill in and get us some of the things that Steven had, we'll just have to wait and see.

On if they have someone who can catch the ball more out of the backfield:
Hopefully they all do. All of them are kind of pretty good at that. We have Paul and JJ and Craig and Nate Starks.

On Nate Starks:
It will be fun to watch him play Saturday night. A little bit bigger kid. It will be fun to hand him the ball. Note to self, hand him the ball.

On the offensive line:
Klemm has done an awesome job. Historically, we've been able to run the ball here. It's not like we all of the sudden can't do it, we just have to be a little better than what we are doing.

On if the offensive line will have more fire:
I think the whole offense will. Holy sh--, come on, the defense outscored us. That's not supposed to happen. It was fun watching our defense, but hopefull, everyone takes a little issue with that.

On if he's ever had his defense outscore him:
Never. Never. Never ever. I told Brick I spotted him two, but it's over now.

On Memphis:
Good football team, they've led the league in defense. They're athletic, they run around. After last week, it will be good for our offense to come in and be focused. It will be a good challenge for us.

On the key to a good start:
All tempo offenses are like that, play calling and get some first downs instead of 3rd and 15 all the time. I think its about us. Right now, our focus is on playing a good defense and worry about us.

On if Memphis is better than their record:
Yeah, but now I think that about everyone. I've known John Tenuta for a long time and he's been a good defensive coordinator wherever he's been. Virginia is a solid defense. We helped them a little bit, but they're a solid defense.

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