Player Quotes - SJSU

Dawgman.com spoke with a bunch of players after Washington's 35-29 win over San Jose State on Saturday. Most were thrilled to come away with Washington's first season-opening win since 2001, but they were also cognizant of all the work they are going to have to put in this coming week to play toe-to-toe with Oklahoma on the road.

DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (5 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss)
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On San Jose State making a run and déjà vu from the Air Force game last year: "It was kind of scary that they were so close at the end of the game but I think we knew we could hold them off and we were confident and we did. They fought hard but there were a lot of opportunities for us to take the game but we finally did it at the end."

On getting to finally play D-1 football: "It's a lot faster and bigger but I think our guys in practice helps us prepare well for this game. Getting to play means a lot and I hope we can just keep winning. The first snap always takes away the nervousness. It felt good to finally play."

On some freshmen mistakes: "I had a tough time staying in my gap but I thought we could have done better as a whole d-line. We were trying to trick them but it didn't work that way. They had that quick pass pretty down and it was hard to get pressure on them."
RB Louis Rankin (10 carries, 145 yards, 2 TD):
On returning from the injury: "This is the kind of game that I wanted to prove to everyone that I can have. And coming off the injury and to start off and have a good game."

On learning to hang on for the victory: "Everybody on the defense and offense came together and knew what we had to do to win. In terms of last year, we weren't doing things like this but we showed signs of improvement by getting the win. I learned that we need to come together and not get mad at something that happened on the last play. We just moved on and that's something we're trying to do which is move on and not dwell on last year. We're trying to improve play by play."

On opening the season with a win: "We have a lot of corrections we need to make but we got a positive win and that's what we needed to do for this game. It feels good to start the season with a win. It's feels really good."

On the 68-yard run to answer the Spartans rally: "When they scored, I knew the offense was going to take the field next and I told everyone in the huddle that we need to make a play and do something. We have to keep scoring. We cant depend on anybody else. We just have to come together and make plays."
C Juan Garcia:
On finally playing for the first time after all the injuries: "It felt pretty good. I couldn't even practice much because I've been injured so much but I didn't think I could get myself as fired up as I was today getting into the game."

On the resiliency of San Jose State: "It was nice that we got tested towards the end. I thought we were going to put them away but they kept coming back and tested us. Hopefully we can keep up the defense and if we're ever down like that, we can fight like they were fighting. We have to respect them for that. If we flat out beat them without a struggle, we may have gotten overconfident. We have to work on stuff and if we can stay away from big mistakes, we'll have a good game."

On the teams 300 yards rushing performance: "I didn't even know we rushed for 300 yards until coach told us. Anytime when you can rush for over 200 or 300 yards, it's pretty amazing. We're pretty proud of that."
RB Kenny James (14 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 30 yards, 1 TD):
On getting the season started: "It felt good being out there and coming off of a long training camp. I felt we had a great training camp but it felt good going out there and hitting and playing somebody else."

On the complete running game: "That just shows everyone what we're capable of doing. We have playmakers and our linemen. Obviously, we wouldn't be able to do this without them. They went out there with a mindset with opening up some holes and we went out there with the mindset of running the ball. They did a great job of doing that and our hats off to them."

On his personal efforts for the game: "Last year was an injured season for me but getting back out there and finally feeling healthy and making plays. I'm just trying to do what I do best."

On San Jose State: "San Jose State came in ready to go. They weren't going to let down and neither were we. We knew what kind of players that they had and they can go out there and score points. It was just a matter of us going out there and outscoring them. We made a couple of mistakes but hopefully we'll see film and learn not to make those same mistakes."

On starting the season with a win: "We needed to get that monkey off our backs to go down to Oklahoma at 1-0. Coach Willingham told us that we needed to take things one game at a time to go out there and come out with a victory."
LB Daniel Howell (2 tackles, 1 forced fumble):
On the second half: "We let up on our intensity. That's the best way I can explain it. We let our grip loosen up a bit. They saw that opportunity and took it. I think a lot of it was just a let-up in the intensity and not staying focused on what worked in the first half."

On San Jose State's scheme: "Watching their film, they actually came out and showed a different offense than what we were expecting. And the coaches can do so much from film, so I think they caught us off guard, but we held up well."

On letting the lead slip: "Defensively we knew we had to go back to work. I knew we had some misfortunes from the offensive side but we don't look to that as an excuse to not go to work. I think there are so many sudden changes, we kind of let that get to us a bit but ultimately we were confident."

On Oklahoma:
"Oklahoma will be a challenge and a dog fight, but we're going to do our best to go down there and come back with a win and hopefully it'll be a great flight back home."
QB Isaiah Stanback (16-of-25 passing, 168 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 17 rushes, 102 yards, 1 TD):
On the play of the offense unit: "We felt pretty good. We were moving the ball pretty well. We can't have three-and-outs and have stalled drives like we did and put pressure on our defense. There were too many turnovers but we can get that corrected. I didn't like the turnovers, but I did like our offensive line and everyone contributed to a good rushing game. We didn't throw the ball too much but we were pretty successful with the exception of a couple bad throws."

On running the ball a lot more: "It felt cool. Coach said he was going to run me, but I didn't know he was going to run me this much. I got a little tired, but I don't know if it was the heat. But I can work on my conditioning."

On starting the season with a win: "It's the first time I had that feeling since I've been here. It felt good. I would like to have that feeling every time we play at home. We haven't started out with a win ever since I was here so it felt good even though we have a lot of things we need to work on. The first game is always a starting point. It lets you know where you are at and what you need to work on."

On what needs to be done: "A win is a win, but we always need to make corrections and see what we can correct. We turned the ball over three times and that's not acceptable. We can get those things corrected and go into next week."

On San Jose State's momentum: "It could have swung the other way. The one thing I tell my offense every time we're in situations like that is that we decide the game. We're in control of the game when we are out there and the defense does the same."


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