Quotes from Tom Holmoe's Media Luncheon
Oct. 17, 2000
Below are selected quotes from head coach Tom Holmoe from his weekly football media luncheon. Cal visits Washington Saturday in a game that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be shown on KICU-TV (Channel 36) in the Bay Area and on the following stations around the West Coast:
Los Angeles KCAL-9Seattle KTWB-22Phoenix KASW-61Sacramento KSPX-29Portland KWBP-32San Diego KUS-51Albuquerque KASY-50Las Vegas KVWB-21Fresno KMPH-26Honolulu KWHE-14Tucson KTTU-27Reno KREN-27Santa Barbara KKFX-11Eugene KVAL-13Chico-Redding KCVU-21/22Palm Springs KPSE-13Santa Rosa KFTY-50Medford KOBI-5Spokane KREM-2
'It was a great week for Cal football to get that win against UCLA, especially in the manner that it happened. The focus and attention now has to turn to Washington, what we're going to do to come back after that win, and how we'll be physically and emotionally. Going up to play the Huskies in Washington is a tough chore. I think the players had a good game against UCLA last year, and that had a lot to do with their confidence coming into the game because they knew it wasn't too different of a team from last year. We played them very well down there (17-0 win). Against Washington last year, our players played well. It was probably the most physical game that we've played with Washington since I've been here. They (Cal) know that going up there is a different story, that this is a team that we had fairly good success with last year. Coming off the UCLA win, they feel a little bit better about themselves as a team. We're going up to Seattle to win the game. I think people feel a lot better about the guys now. They feel better about each other.'
On Washington's team:
'They have a team that is very dangerous. Marques Tuiasosopo is a terrific athlete and a great kid who we recruited. I played with his father (Manu) on the 49ers. He's been kind of a thorn in our side for a couple of years. This is his last hurrah with Washington, and he wants to go out on a winning note. They also have some very talented players on defense. (Nose tackle) Larry Triplett is one of the better defensive players in the league, probably one of the better players in the country. He's had a terrific season this year after having a really good season last year. And there's a lot of new faces out there. They're relatively young, too. But this is a game that we're excited about. We have some new hope and some new life as a result of last week.'
On Washington's offense:
'Their offense tries to highlight the skills of Tuiasosopo. I wouldn't consider them an option team, but they certainly run enough option to where it's not an infrequent attempt at it. As far as gross yards, he's their leading rusher. He is, without a shadow of a doubt, their most dangerous player. Most of his successful runs come when he drops back to pass and creates the run and scrambles out. He's a big, fast, strong, physical athlete and makes the most of those opportunities. I've noticed he's a smarter player this year, getting down instead of getting pounded.'
On Washington's defense:
'They still have a lot of packages where they'll put pressure on you up front. They have some good guys up in the front seven. They'll send corners and safeties. They are definitely a high pressure defense.'
On LaShaun Ward's status due to his injury suffered against UCLA:
'LaShaun is still in the hospital, still recovering. I'm not exactly sure of the extent of injury. He has internal injuries. It's something they have controlled now. He'll probably be in the hospital for a couple of more days. I would image he would miss the rest of the season. He lost a lot of blood. Now, it's important for him to get his body back to health. He got hit on a punt and he probably fractured a rib. We took x-rays after the game at the stadium, and it didn't show anything. He was pretty good after the game. Later that evening, he was not feeling well and was nauseous. His father was in town and they took him to the hospital and that's when they discovered that he had to get some quick medical attention. He's stable now. I visited him Sunday and I saw him yesterday. He's very, very tired. He's going to be OK. But as far as being a competitive football player right now, that's the last thing on our minds. We just want to make sure that he's healthy and he's on the road to recovery.'
On Cal's current starting offensive line:
Outside of Langston (Walker), it's as close to the starting lineup as we would have had. And that's as close as we'll get. Reed (Diehl) has really been battling in there with a couple of injuries. I think he feels a responsibility and a devotion to the offense to really be out there. A lot of guys wouldn't not have gone through what he's done to play. I'm quite proud of the way he's battled.'
On playing in Husky Stadium:
'It's a difficult place to play. They have a terrific home field advantage. It can be loud. The bottom line at Husky Stadium is they have good teams. They have good players. They are well-coached. They come to play. It would be great for our team to go up there and beat them. That's what we're looking for - opportunities to get better. Winning and momentum would help us to get better.'