Looking at the Wyoming game, I thought we did some good things offensively. I was pleased with the offensive line again. They have played well six weeks in a row. They did well blocking for the run game. We had close to 200 yards rushing as a team. Luke Matthews had a nice day and Brad Clifford was productive. We were again outstanding on special teams. Shaky broke a record for punt return yards in a season and we are only halfway through. The guys on the return unit are blocking well and are consistent. The defense played pretty good. They played the run much better than against Iowa State. I thought we played well in the back end - Lamar Chapman and Brandon Burton were very productive. It's also a positive that we became bowl eligible. We weren't as prolific scoring points, but we scored enough to get the job done.
Colorado State is coming off a big win against UNLV. They put up a lot of points and their offense played in high gear. They played well on defense also. We want to get back in front of our crowd - hopefully it will be another sell out - and go from there.
Midseason evaluation: I think we are sitting where we hoped to be sitting. Our offensive production has been productive. We have had a lot of guys contribute. Both quarterbacks and our offensive line have played big roles and a different receiver steps up each week. Special teams have been outstanding with the exception of two blocked punts early and a blocked PAT against Wyoming. Our defense has been good as well. They are ranked very high in a lot of major categories. The only real disappointment is the turnover margin. Not just turnovers, but the combination of a few too many turnovers and not enough takeaways. That's been a real problematic area. We've got to do a better job taking care of the football and a better job taking the football away.
On the first BCS rankings: I think it was what we expected. We were ninth in the AP and coaches and ended up being ninth in the BCS. I think it was about what we anticipated.
Like we've talked about, we take it one week at a time and try to stay focused and not look past anyone. Whether we pay attention or not it has zero impact. Our focal point is trying to play as well as we can each week and that stuff takes care of itself.
On Colorado State: They've got a freshman quarterback and gotten better each week. They had a very good game against UNLV. I'm not sure they are where they would like to be but they have won a few ball games. They have had some good challenges but they are breaking in a freshman quarterback and that has been their hindrance early in the year with the growing pains and learning curve that takes.
On the punt return game: The mentality with our return unit is that we have a bunch of guys who have a lot of confidence in Shaky that he will get something going if they give him some running room. He had one miss in the Pitt game but he is making great decisions. He is elusive and athletic and he can make people miss. The blocking guys believe in him and if they give him running room he will get something going.
On Joe Phillips: Joe has been huge for our football team. His field goal from 48 yards on Saturday would have been good from 55 once he got hold of it. When we had kicking problems and called on him, he answered and exceeded everyone's expectations. We are very fortunate to have him on the team. He came here as a walk on and has since earned a scholarship. He has meant so much to the team and given a lift to the kicking game.
On injuries: Brad Clifford has a shoulder injury and will be a couple of weeks minimum, but we get Kendrick Moeai back this week.
It's getting more bleak for J.J. Williams as the season progresses and he doesn't. It's at a standstill. To my understanding it's not career threatening. It's something that takes time. The severity is more than first thought, but it shouldn't keep him from playing indefinitely.
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