Weekly football press luncheon quotes

September 13, 2005 · MT Media Relations
  • Video: Football Press Conference (WMV)
    OPENING COMMENT: The North Texas loss was a very, very tough loss for us. If you go back through the game it is well documented we made too many mistakes to win but we had some guys who played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball. Defensively, we played very well. We had a few chances to make some more plays than we did and didn't, but overall I thought it was a very good effort. Offensively, we turned it over way too many times and we missed two field goals, which is very uncharacteristic.

    THOUGHTS ON AKRON: Akron had close to 400 yards passing against Purdue. We are going to see more balls in the air this week than we have the previous two weeks and it's going to be a big challenge for our defense. They have a good all-around team and they are from an always-tough Mid-American Conference. It's going to be a quality opponent and we have to be well prepared.

    ON MIDDLE TENNESSEE'S RUNNING GAME: The offensive line has really improved. Eugene Gross ran really well and ran physical. Before Alex Suber went out with the injury he was really giving us something because he brings that burst of speed and allows you to change it up. Hopefully we will have him back.

    HOW DOES YOUR TEAM TURN LOOSE LAST WEEK'S LOSS?: They have turned it loose because they want to win. We have nine (games) left and that's why you get over it and get right back to work. We have a good MAC team coming in here this week that played Purdue well and we know it's going to be a tough game.

    ABOUT THE CROWD: The crowd (20,806, sixth largest in school history) was an edge and we hope the fans will continue to be an edge for us. Don't give up on us. We have a good football team and we are not going to give up on ourselves. We appreciate the great showing of support and we hope to see the same this week. These kids play hard and they are going to continue laying it on the line.

    ON THE MT SECONDARY: I think our secondary is playing better but we have not seen a throwing team like we are going to see this week so that's going to be a challenge. Akron's receivers are all back and they have a very good quarterback (Luke Getsy) who can throw it well so he is going to test us. We have to have pressure up front. (Getsy) is a big, tall guy and we can't let him have a lot of time to throw the ball. He transferred from Pittsburgh so he knows the system because he came from there with this staff.

    It's a good feeling when you run the ball and are getting six, seven, eight yards a pop. It allowed us to build our confidence as a unit. Our goal was to run the ball more this year and to be successful. I think a big key is we have more experience up front and it's a close unit.

    GETTING OVER THE LOSS: The first game (against Alabama) hurt but not like losing to North Texas because it is a conference rival. I really thought we were going to win the way we came out and moved the ball on them but we can't get that week back. It's over. We have to focus on Akron because they have a good team and we want to make sure we come back and get in the win column.

    It is no different preparing for Akron as a defensive player than offensive player. We go through the scouting report and the coaches do a good job preparing us.

    TALK ABOUT THE AKRON OFFENSE: The first two opponents we played were pretty much running teams. This week we face a team that likes to air it out a little more. We have to get pressure up front. That's a big key.

    HOW UPSET IS THE TEAM RIGHT NOW? There is anger but I think it's more disappointment because we wanted that game. We still believe our goals are in front of us. We have nine more games left and that's nine more opportunities. We just have to stay positive. We really wanted to beat North Texas because it's a big conference game but we also wanted to win it for coach Mac because we know how much it would have meant to him if we could have done it.

    DO YOU GET TIRED OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FANS?: I want to play in front of a big crowd every week and I hope the place is packed but I'm the kind of person that it doesn't matter if there are 2,000 people or 20,000 people, I'm going to play to the best of my ability.

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