Leach's two-pronged response to Falk getting some measure of Heisman notice:
“Well, we’re happy he gets that recognition cause all awards are team awards cause Luke’s not even in that conversation without the contribution of offensive linemen, running backs and receivers. … So as a team we’re really excited about it and we’re thrilled about it on behalf of our team and Luke as a representative of our team,” said Leach.
But then Leach did talk about Falk’s worthiness to be in the discussion:
“There’s no question… when you consider who's elevated their team the most... the Heisman goes to the guy that elevates their team the most over the course of the season (and) if that’s the case virtually everybody needs to vote for Luke Falk -- and anybody that doesn’t needs to reexamine why they’re voting for the Heisman to begin with. (Pause) How’s that. That was a good one, huh?”
Apart from that, Leach has moved on to Colorado (Saturday, 7:45 p.m.) and he had a few messages to pass along. First, Thanksgiving break starts on Sunday, so come to the game. Two, Colorado is a "dangerous" team. And third, although this will come as a stunner to everyone, Leach said he doesn't care what other people think.
Leach was asked about the Cougars (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) getting the respect they deserve (polls, media, etc.) after knocking off then-No.18 UCLA on the road. CougFans could probably guess his response.
"I don't pay any attention to that. ... That's like caring what somebody thinks," said Leach.
Leach also talked about when he realized last year that he needed a new defensive coordinator. He didn’t give a specific time, in terms of a day, but he discussed the mindset in firing Mike Breske and replacing him with Alex Grinch.
“We didn’t have an identity defensively," said Leach. "We had a lack of commitment as far as the message. There was some ambivalence and apathy that I didn’t appreciate and then some resistance to change and move from that," said Leach.
Leach also explained why they inserted Andre Dillard at left tackle in the second half, which in turn moved Gunnar Eklund back to left guard and Eduardo Middleton returning to right guard, with Jacob Seydel coming out.
“(UCLA was) quick on the edge. They had fast people on the edge. ... Dillard’s a quick-footed guy. He’s quicker than Gunnar. … Allows us to put Gunnar inside and put Dillard’s quickness on a quick guy. … I thought Cole Madison played better in the second half; he needed to be resurrected a little bit though," said Leach.
See the video above for Leach's full press conference.
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