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Football Meet The Press: Colorado




Oct. 11, 2010


Weekly Press Conference

Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement…
“Colorado is traditionally a very strong football team through the years. They have always done a good job, especially up there. They have won a lot of big games even in the last four or five years. We know we are in a really tough atmosphere with a tough opponent and any time you get Big 12 players, every week is a war. So we’re setting ourselves up for another war.”

On the challenges of playing in a high altitude…
“I’ve been up there as a coach, but haven’t played up there. I’ve been at the University of New Mexico which is a pretty high altitude. Whether it’s an issue or not, who knows. Playing in the heat in a fast-paced game is an issue. There are always issues going to be involved in an environment anytime you buckle it up.”

On the offensive production against Texas Tech…
“All of that is very irrelevant because the only thing that matters is the score at the end of the game. I think it was just two teams playing extremely fast with a lot of effort, attitude, determination and a lot of purpose. You think it comes down to the end of the game to determine the winner but really we look at it as an entire game. We had plenty of opportunities throughout the early phases of the game to make a difference, as I’m sure they did as well. It just depends on how you want to spin it and look it at. We (have) to keep getting better on both sides of the ball. I thought our special teams were pretty good with maybe the exception of the kickoff return. We’ll take what didn’t work for us and we’ll learn from it. That’s the way we use every game. Some lessons are harder than others and we learned some hard lessons last Saturday. We’ll be a better football team down the road and hopefully some of the things that transpired last Saturday will help us win in the next six weeks.”

On the improved passing of Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III…
“I think the game has slowed down for him and that’s the main thing. That’s when you know that you have a chance for production when the game gets slow and you see things before they happen. I certainly think that’s beginning to happen for him and hopefully for a lot of our players. I think that’s probably the reason you’re seeing him sit in the pocket a little bit more and do some things you might not have seen him do as a true freshman. You have to remember as a true freshman it’s tough on those guys with the speed of the game.”

On the strategy of the corner backs…
“That’s situational depending on the down and distance, score on the board, time on the clock and personnel on the field. Just like anybody else, we try to disguise on that side of the ball. The face of the game sometimes can lend itself to be able to disguise more than other times. The opponent a lot of times dictates how you should disguise or not disguise. There are just a lot of factors that go into that. We challenged a couple of times last Saturday which, during that situation, was probably not the proper time, especially early in the ballgame.”

On preparing for Colorado’s offense…
“They are really good up front. Of course their left tackle (Nate Solder) is projected to be a top-five pick. He’s really good. They beat a good Georgia team two weeks ago at home up there. They’ve got weapons. Their running back (Rodney Stewart) is really good. They’ve got two or three really good receivers. Both quarterbacks (Tyler Hansen and Cody Hawkins) are both very proficient in what they do. They great thing about being in the league that we’re in is that every week you’re going to line up against real good people. What you have to do is be at the top of your game physically, mentally, and emotionally to where you can match what the other side is bringing. That’s our challenge each week is to make sure that every breath of air we take is the best one it can be.”

On the taking stock of his team after six games…
“The only stock that matters is after 12 games. What’s happened has happened. Things that have happened our way, that’s good. Things that haven’t we need to learn from. That’s our duty as coaches and players – to grow and get better. That’s the great thing about being in the profession that we’re in and playing the sport that they’re in. You always have a chance to go one way or the other. We’re constantly doing what we need to do to make sure that we’re at the top of our game each week.”

On the connection between Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III and the receivers…
“Hopefully we’re getting better and those guys are starting to jell a little bit with each other. We certainly didn’t run the ball like we needed to last Saturday. It affected some things down the stretch for us. I haven’t really taken note that (Robert Griffin III has set career highs in passing yards) the last two weeks. I knew he’s had some good games. The percentages have been good and that’s the main thing that I look at. But we’ve got to continue to run the football and keep maximum pressure off him.”

On a previous road victory helping in future road games…
“I think it does without a doubt. You’ve got to be a tough road football team. If you want to be a bowl team or a championship-caliber football team, then you have to go into someone else’s house and win. It certainly helps that we went on the road and won a game.”

On playing Colorado for the last time in the Big 12 …
“With us, we’re just going to go fight and try to get a win just like I’m sure they’re going to do. It’s nothing beyond that for me or our football team. We’re going to go play hard for 60 minutes and try to get out of there with a win.”


Senior OT Danny Watkins

On being a different team after six games into the season…
“Coach (Randy) Clements talked about it a little bit the other day. We see where we are now compared to where we were six weeks ago and it’s kind of night and day. So when you’re talking about the amount of games in, that’s the only real comparison I have. We’re starting to jell a little bit more and starting to put a lot more points up on the board and doing things well.”

On knowing his teammates better six weeks into the season…
“Working next to guys, I’m sure it is different at all positions, but working on the offensive line next to Cameron (Kaufhold) and Cyril (Richardson), you’re picking up their tendencies and knowing what they’re going to do and they know what you’re going to be able to do. Everything is starting to jell more and more as we’re rolling through the season.”

On the importance of Saturday’s game against Colorado…
“We’re not trying to look too far down the road by any means. We’re trying to take things game by game and as far as I’m concerned right now we’re 0-0. This weekend is going to be crucial for us.”


Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III

On the loss to Texas Tech…
“It was frustrating. It is what it is. We had opportunities even though Texas Tech’s offense is pretty hot; we had opportunities to win the game and we just didn’t. When you do look at the box scores and you see all the yardage and the points we put up, you would expect for us to have won that game and we didn’t so it’s just frustrating.”

On playing in Colorado and the effect of the altitude…
“We’ll approach it as any other game. People are making a big deal out of the thin air. I’ve run up there before and yes the air is a factor but we’re not running 400 meter hurdles; we’re running five- to 10-yard sprints. It will be a little bit different. We’ll have to key in and be mentally tough out there, but it shouldn’t be a major factor in the outcome of the game.”


Junior LB Elliot Coffey

On the loss to Texas Tech…
“It hurts. To lose a second game hurts. That’s sitting in the back of our heads and we don’t want to forget it because if we forget, we won’t learn from it. It’s rough. but we’re definitely going to move on.”

On the team’s focus…
“We’re just looking at Colorado as our next opponent and that is the most important opponent for us. That is where our heads are right now.”


Freshman S Prince Kent

On stepping up for the team…
“That’s just how it is in the Big 12. You have to be ready at any time. You are always an injury away from being a starter on this team. You have to be ready when your number is called and be able to produce on the field.”

On the defense…
“Texas Tech is a passing team; they pass first. So that was a challenge for us to see where we were as a defense, but I feel like we did well. We just need to correct some things on the defensive side and fix up a few responsibilities and come out ready to play next game.”

On maintaining confidence after the loss to Texas Tech…
“One thing, you must keep your confidence. You cannot lose confidence in yourself or in the team because that can hold you down and make you a setback for your team. I think we kept our confidence for those last couple of series; we shut them out and gave the offense a chance to fight and try to win the game so we’re not losing confidence."


 

 

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