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Meet the Press: Football Weekly Presser vs. ULM

  Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement:
"We're happy to be back in the game after being off last week because that's what we do. They go to class, they prepare, and then they get the chance to perform and we're glad we have the opportunity to perform this weekend against a very good ULM team as everyone who made the trip or watched in on TV last year on a Friday night saw. It's the largest crowd they've ever had in that stadium by over 5,500 people. Knowing the atmosphere we walked into, the team we walked into, and we were forcing it to get out of there with a hard fought five point victory. We have a lot of respect for them as an opponent because we know how they handled the game last year and how they're going to come into it this year."

On ULM's Kolton Browning:
"He's just a great athlete: four sport guy in high school, extends plays, great awareness, great body control, great balance, and a very active arm. He's a player and a winner and he does a great job. He's definitely the focal point. They put the ball 68 times in his hand last week throwing it. Out of their 107 plays, he was probably the main focus on 80 of them. He's the guy."

On bye weeks being so early in the year:
"It is what it is. It's what we got and that's what other teams have. It just depends on how you use it. We feel like we use it the best we can to keep our players at the point mentally and physically that we want them at this stage of the season. We'll get out there Saturday and hopefully not need a boost to get going. You like to get in a flow and get going and we'd like to start where we finished the last game."

On Aaron Jones' kicking and movement of kickoff being moved up:
"I think it's a variety of things. Of course five yards closer is better and the wind has not been a factor these first two games this year. He's kicking off in a pretty common environment both ways. Aaron's a fifth year guy who's grown stronger throughout his career and all those things add up to being able to put the ball in the end zone."

On current offense compared to offense in years past:
"We've done well, and we've done well through the years. It's hard to say on this year. Bryce threw it 16 times the other day and it's nice that he completed 13 but I want him to be 28 of 32 or 38 of 42. He needs some extension in games, he needs to play, and he needs to make plays when plays need to be made. That's the thing that was impressive the other day about Tevin Reese-when we needed plays early in the game he made plays. But it's too early to judge us as an offense, defense or special teams team."

 Junior Linebacker Bryce Hager

On defensive improvement from the last time they played ULM:
"We've done well, and we've done well through the years. It's hard to say on this year. Bryce threw it 16 times the other day and it's nice that he completed 13 but I want him to be 28 of 32 or 38 of 42. He needs some extension in games, he needs to play, and he needs to make plays when plays need to be made. That's the thing that was impressive the other day about Tevin Reese-when we needed plays early in the game he made plays. But it's too early to judge us as an offense, defense or special teams team."

  Senior Offensive Guard Cyril Richardson

On moving to offensive guard:
"It wasn't even a hard problem for me. Knowing each position and what we have to do, it's not that big of a deal. It's just having to act on it."

On the game this week:
"I'm very eager. I'm ready to be effective on college game day."

  Senior Nickelback Sam Holl

On the bye week:
"It was good. We had some guys that had some bumps and bruises and they were able to take care of that. We got some good practice in, so we got better on our off- week."

On ULM:
"They're a good team. We saw last year when we went down there to play them. They gave us a good game. We're trying this year to dominate the game."

  Senior Center Stefan Huber

On the offensive line:
"We've had a great past two games, we just have to keep it up. We have a lot of communication, good chemistry on the offensive line right now."

On Troy Baker:
"Troy is about to come back, and that's always better. Iron sharpens iron like a man sharpens another man. It'll be a great lift to us, more energy, to get a good location in."

  Freshman Running Back Shock Linwood

On who he looks up to:
"I look up to a lot of [running backs] because there are different styles of running backs. All of them have their own techniques they like to use. It's not a specific one I look up to."

On ULM:
"It's going to be tough for us to run, but we have to trust our linemen that they are going to get the block. And we have to work on our pass protection."

  Junior Quarterback Bryce Petty

On ULM's defense:
"They're pretty unconventional. They load guys in the box, so that's more of an opportunity for myself and our receivers to get a little work in. I won't be 13-16 this Saturday. I will have more attempts. It gets guys chances to go down the field a little bit more. Same thing as the defense, we have a little bit of a motivational factor ourselves. We didn't play as hot against them last year. So we are going to come out hot and set the tone early."

  Senior Inside Receiver Tevin Reese

On what the team can take away coming out of the bye week:
"We watched ULM a little bit longer. We got to practice to their defense and get to know them a lot better. We have a better game plan going into Saturday versus having a couple of days. Just preparing better for the game."

On last year's game at ULM:
"The thing I remember most is that they tried to get after us. They cancelled all the high school games on Friday and it was on ESPN. They had a white-out. I just remember them trying to get after us. We're going to keep that in the back of our heads this year."

  Senior Safety Ahmad Dixon

On what to expect coming into Saturday's game:
"We respect everybody that we play. We don't fear anybody. Our coaches do a great job at what they do. Whatever it takes for those guys to do what they do, they're going to do it. They're a great team, great coaching staff and great players. Their quarterback is a good quarterback. That's something we don't face all the time: a left-handed quarterback. It's not something you see every day. Seeing him will be a little different, but kinda the same thing at the same time."

On ULM quarterback Kolton Browning:
"He's very manipulative because you look at him and don't think that he can move or throw very well, but he gets the ball to his receivers. He has a nice `wiggle' as we call it to evade the tackle. He knows how to keep a play going. It'll be a little different from what we are used to seeing. He's a quarterback that scrambles and runs a lot, and we haven't seen a quarterback that can do that. It's something that will get us ready for conference."

  Senior Defensive End Terrance Lloyd

On the benefits of having an open week:
"The past week we have had the time to work on the little things such as stopping the run and converting to the pass and what they do. We changed some stuff up, so we had the opportunity to fix that."

On last year's game against ULM:
"We had to scrap a lot. It's a game that I will always remember, but we will have something different."


 

 

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