Buddy Teevens Press Conference Quotes

Sept. 18, 2002

On the home opening win over San Jose State:

'It was obviously a nice opener for us. We really appreciated the turnout --- it was a great crowd. They were loud, and I think they enjoyed some of the things they saw.'

On the quarterbacks:

'Offensively, we came out and opened things up a little bit. Chris (Lewis) was back, and we felt comfortable with him operating in greater detail. We had some success running the ball and throwing the ball. Chris was dinged a little bit early on, but it was nothing significant (lower quad bruise). He was ready to go the second series of the second half, but Kyle Matter was in and taking the team down for a drive. (Kyle) looked good, and we were very comfortable with what he was doing so we opted to leave Kyle in the game. People ask if there is a quarterback controversy or competition, but Chris is our starter. Kyle certainly has elevated himself with his performance. We feel very comfortable with what Kyle is capable of doing, but there isn't a quarterback issue. We're really excited about Kyle's progress. It's nice to know we have two guys that have demonstrated the ability to operate the offense.'

On the wide receivers:

'I thought Teyo Johnson had a very good game and made some big catches. Obviously he is a big target and a guy we'll look for frequently. Luke Powell went down with an ankle injury that is not serious. He should be back hopefully at the end of this week and be ready in time for the ASU game. Luke showed some real good speed and quickness and made a nice catch. He ran a little reverse very productively also. Ryan Wells continues to be very, very thorough in his preparation He's just a go-to guy as well. He doesn't have the breakaway speed, but will be where he needs to be. He's strong as a downfield blocker, and made some key blocks for us during the course of the game.'

On the running backs:

'Kerry Carter was injured early on, and his status is unclear at this point. He's gone through some initial tests, and it was not ligament or anything in nature. We expect him to be back with a week-and-a-half to go (before the Arizona State game). J.R. Lemon stepped up and we were real pleased with his productivity. I thought he showed some physical toughness and aggressiveness, and played better as the game went on. He felt more confident with the more carries he had. He did a nice job finding his way into the end zone. He blocked well also, and his pass protection skills picked up. Kenneth Tolon came in and did a nice job also. We saw a little more of a slash type approach with those two backs. I thought Casey Moore played much better this week He carried the ball well, his pass protection pickups were much more sound. When he did carry the ball he was dragging the pile with him on some great individual efforts. He is a powerful guy and a good sized guy at 250 pounds.'

On the offensive line:

'Kwame Harris is obviously a very talented player, and Kirk Chambers also did quite well. At the center position, Tom Kolich continues to improve his play. At the right guard spot we had Brian Head against Boston College after Greg Schindler went down, and last week. started Dustin Stimson and he did a nice job for us. There's still area to improve there, but Dustin really progressed. Brian came in a little bit later and spelled Dustin and did a real nice job. We have some competition at that guard spot. Paul Weinacht at the left guard position played a better game than his opener and continues to improve at that position.'

On the tight ends:

'Alex Smith again showed some really nice things catching the football. I thought he blocked better and felt more comfortable and more confident in what he did. Matt Traverso played as a true freshman and did a nice job out there. He had a lot of snap time, which was a big plus for him to get that type of game experience.'

On Amon Gordon:

'Amon Gordon played his best game to date. He was much more consistent and put much more pressure on the quarterback. He has the ability to be an outstanding player in the conference. He did break a hand early in the game, and showed some physical toughness by playing the rest of the game with a broken hand.'

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