Tyrone Willingham Press Conference Quotes

Nov. 27, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - ON STANFORD ACCEPTING THE INVITATION TO THE SEATTLE BOWL:
'I think we're really excited and there are a littany of reasons to be excited. One of the accomplishments that our football team set out to achieve this year was to play in a Bowl Game and we've done that. Hopefully along the way in continuing our list of accomplishments will be to have one of the best records to take into this Bowl Game. I think it is deserving and fitting for our seniors and our football team to have such a great conclusion to their football season. They're excited and I'm excited. I think anytime you get to Seattle and eventually get comfortable and start a winning process in that city, we'll be excited. So there's a lot to look forward to.'

ON THE TEAM'S PERFORMANCE AGAINST NOTRE DAME:
'I thought, very much like the conditions we played under, it was a little sloppy. I thought we really caught fire somewhere late in the third quarter or early in the fourth, and everything seemed to click and come together and we started playing with the kind of exuberance that I expect our football team to play with. So I thought it was sloppy at first but definitely improved along the way. However, even though it was sloppy, I thought our defense played a fantastic football game. I think if you take the 47-yard pass and 59-yard run out of there, then you've got a defense that probably held them to under-300 yards, and that's a darn good defensive outing.'

TALKING ABOUT UPPERCLASSMEN INCENTIVE AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE:
'There are a lot of reasons to want to beat them. I think anytime you have a team in your backyard-and I think they look at us in the same way- everyone likes bragging rights. You like being able to go into the grocery store and here someone say 'Stanford had a great season'. But if you don't win the game, then you walk into the grocery store and someone says 'Coach you had a great season, but...' and you know where that's leading to. So it's just a natural rivalry when a team has that kind of proximity to you and I think our guys like to win because it's an opportunity to win, because it's a team in your neighborhood and finally to continue the things that we've done this year. We've had a good year to date, and a 9-win season would make it a heck of a year.'

ON THE PLAY OF QUARTERBACK RANDY FASANI:
'I'm always been fan of great decisions and I think Randy has that process. He has the ability to make great decisions and what he did against Notre Dame was a reflection of that. There are times he will choose to put his shoulder down and go forward, and you just hope that's the right decision at the right time.'

DISCUSSING STANFORD'S BOWL GAME ATTENDANCE:
'I think you look at our Rose Bowl attendance and I believe it was excellent. You then look at our Sun Bowl appearance a couple years ago and I think our numbers were very much improved. So I think that reputation is being shed just a little bit.'

ON RUNNING BACK CASEY MOORE:
'Casey is doing very well. He is a player that we have the ability to substitute him into a lot of places and a lot of roles, and that's a nice luxury for a coach to have. He can play halfback on occasions, a fullback and can also be a receiver and is an excellent blocker. His flexibility allows to be a much better football team.'

ON SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE:
'They are a skilled football team that is really hitting its stride. Their quarterback has played well over the last couple weeks and their receivers are excellent, fast and make big plays. And we haven't seen their best running attack yet, as I think their backs will both be healthy this week and ready to go. So what we know is that they will play their best football game of the year on Saturday.'

ON THE EMERGING PLAY OF RUNNING BACK KENNETH TOLON:
'We've known for some time that there is some talent there. It's just the opportunity to get on the field and demonstrate everything he can do, and he has taken advantage of those opportunities. He has a unique style and keeps getting better and better with each ballgame. We're delighted with his progress and believe that there is still a great deal of improvement as he continues to get more snaps. He just has the ability to make plays.'

DISCUSSING WIDE RECEIVER TEYO JOHNSON'S ROLE IN THE OFFENSE:
'What we sought to do was look at our football team and find a place where Teyo could have the most impact on our team and help our team. When you look at him, we said this was a young man that athletically could play as many as 15 positions on the field if he wanted to. So you try to figure out- based on your needs- where the best place for him to have an impact on the field might be. I felt comfortable with our tight ends and the area we needed a push was at wide receiver. I felt if we could get some help there, we had a chance to be a better football team and showcase his abilities.'

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