Jim Mora

Jim Mora Foster Farms Teleconference

Dec. 10 -- Jim Mora talked on the Foster Farms Bowl teleconference on Thursday...

You saw Nebraska in 2012 and 2013, is there any benefit to previously seeing their personnel or what their makeup was?

No, I don't think so. Every game is a new proposition to us. We're just excited about the opportunity to play a great and storied program like Nebraska. For me it's a real challenge and a great deal of fun to play against a man I have a great deal of respect for and know very very well in Coach Riley. I know our young men will be very excited about the challenge of facing a team like Nebraska. When you think about college football, there are certain names you always think of, and Nebraska is certainly one of them. I don't think there's any carryover from our previous games. I will say this, though, one of my most memorable moments in college football coaching for sure was the game we did play at Nebraska, after we lost one of our players, Nick Pasquale. The incredible amount of class that the fans showed, the love, the outpouring of love they showed for our team and our players -- that's something that will stick with me forever, and so it's certainly makes this really special for us.

What's your level of familiarity with Mike Riley?

With Mike? Oh shoot, I feel like I've known him forever. We've been in this business a long time. We've been in the NFL together, played against each other, competed against each other. He's just a man I have a great deal of respect for as a football coach but probably even more so for just the way he conducts himself and his energy and his integrity. He does so many wonderful things for the young men he coaches. When you get around Mike and you spend a little time with him, as I've been able to do, you understand why he's had the success that he's had. One of the things that will always stick with me is when we were in New Orleans and I was working for Fox Sports and I believe he was coaching the Saints at the time. And he came out of the locker room on his bike and he was going to ride his bike home after the game, and I just thought that was really cool. To me that kind of signifies Mike.

What did Fred Ulu-Perry tell you about his decision to move on from the program?

I think we're here to talk about the bowl game.

What have you learned about Bowl prep since that first bowl game in 2012?

We haven't changed anything. We just go to work. It's a combination of hard work and focus on your opponent and some fun to reward the kids for a good year. But it's really pretty much like preparing for any game. You learn your opponent, you implement your schemes, you try to perfect them, and then you go out and you try to execute them to the best of your ability.

How much has Josh Rosen grown this year?

He's on his way to what I think will be a very good career, but he's still, like any true freshman, especially one who handles the ball on every play, he has some ups and downs. But he's a very talented young man. He cares very much about being a great player and helping his team win games. If we had anticipated him having the type of success he had this year before the season started we would have been dreaming a little bit. To go into a season with a true freshman quarterback and then suffer the devastating defensive injuries we did in the first two weeks of the season and then still be in position to play Nebraska in a bowl game I think says a whole about the young men in our program, their resilience, and their toughness, and their focus and their drive. And Josh has become a real leader on our time, and they have a great deal of respect for him. It's going to be fun to watch him develop over the next couple of years.

Does this look like a Mike Riley offense to you, or are there some wrinkles with Tommy Armstrong's ability to run?

Well I'm probably like Mike in that this week has been completely devoted to recruiting. The window for us doesn't open really wide in terms of recruiting this month. I haven't watched any Nebraska film at all. I will start that on Saturday morning. We have official visitors in this weekend. I've been on the road just like Mike has since the conclusion of the season. I haven't had a chance to look at Nebraska. I've gotten reports from some of my coaches and graduate assistants and analysts who have watched Nebraska. Of course I've followed them through the years because I'm a fan of Mike, I'm a fan of Nebraska football. I don't know if you know this but my grandfather is actually from Nebraska. I used to even have some property back in Nebraska, believe it or not. They've been very impressed with what they've seen on film so far.


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