Buddy Teevens Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 1, 2002

Opening Statement:

'Reflecting on the Arizona State game, it was clearly disappointing. We basically didn't put anything together offensively, defensively or on special teams. It was a letdown game for us. Arizona State played very well. We were concerned about the quarterback Andrew Walter all week long. Shawn McDonald is an excellent reciever and he caused us difficulties as well.'

'Last night we watched tape and the players are very upbeat and very excited about Notre Dame. One thing about youth is that they forget quickly. Hopefully the lesson has been learned. They're a very resilient group overall and very committed. We want to limit our turnovers, cut back on penalties and just play more solid football. It was a tough one, but we have another game this week.'

On the players attitude facing former head coach Tyrone Willingham:

'The guys fell really strongly about the job they did and the opportunities that Tyrone and his staff created for them, so there is an excitement to show that they're continuing to develop. I spoke to the guys last night and it's a non-issue. We're not playing the coaching staff, we're playing the players. There is certainly some inside knowledge and awareness based on the fact that they've worked with these guys over time, but our guys have also changed over time. They're a year older, they're involved in a different system and they've matured physically and mentally. It's a great opportunity to play a great team regardless of who's coaching them.'

On confidence in his system:

'It's interesting watching the tape and seeing the number of opportunities we had. When you go back and you take the emotional element out, you can see that if you did this - what you do in practice - you can do that now. It was a combination of things and what I was really proud of was that we never stopped playing. Our guys kept competing and that's a good sign.'

On Stanford's pass defense:

'In retrospect, applying a little bit more pressure probably would have been beneficial. Having said that, we sent people and they didn't get the job done. But, Walter would stand in, take a hit and complete the big pass. I was extremely impressed with him.'

On the learning from the Arizona State game:

'I think it's the most thoroughly we've been tested. You continue to learn about yourself. Boston College didn't present the same problems that Arizona State did or San Jose State. I believe we'll respond more effectively in the future. It's a maturation process. The nice thing about intelligent guys is that they understand as well and they can see and rationalize and work out why this happened and why it didn't go the way they'd like. It's a real benefit working here at Stanford. We had a team meeting on Monday like always and the response of the guys was identical to that of the coaching staff. We didn't take care of our business, we didn't do the things we have been coached to do and you have to give Arizona State credit for making plays.'

On Notre Dame's offense:

'They're very solid, they run the football and they're very stout up front on the offensive line. They're physically very impressive. In the back end, they have the ability to run very successfully. They haven't turned the ball over very much. They don't give up a whole lot of advantages to their opponents. They play very balanced football both offensively and defensively.'

On Stanford's deep running game:

'We play a lot of them. The attitude we have is that we have guys who have skills and that helps in the attitudes at practice because people see that you will have the opportunity to get in and play. Casey Moore has done a very good job for us. He's been physical inside. Kerry Carter went out to practice last night and looked good, so there is a possibility that he could play on Saturday. We'll find out more throughout the week. They've been very thorough and balanced which helps settle the quarterback.'

On working with the quarterbacks this week:

'We'll mix it up based on how they're performing. We're trying to get them a lot of reps and the most important thing is just keeping their confidence levels up. In Chris Lewis' case, he's just trying to make everything work and make everything a big play, and that's not how the game works. It's nice to see a guy that enthusiastic that's trying to make things happen all the time. This is really his first time as a starter and he's certainly capable. In Kyle Matter's case, he was probably not as sharp as he had been in two previous situations, but the presentation that Arizona State gave us was different than what he'd been accustomed to. He's continuing to improve, as well. They both have the capability to find success and I feel fortunate as a team to have two guys who we feel can both play.'

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