Buddy Teevens Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 8, 2002

Buddy Teevens Press Conference

October 8, 2002

On the Notre Dame game:

'The weekend was frustrating --- we came out and played well the first 30 minutes. I thought on both sides of the football we had opportunities. Special teams, we are concerned because field position was a constant problem for us. That is a difficult battle to wage. Second half, our mindset was pretty strong because we felt comfortable doing what we were doing. We needed to continue it through the last 30 minutes, but a turnover and quick score affected us and bouncing back from that was difficult for us. Defensively we wore down a little bit over time. We had somewhat of an attrition rate inside. Craig Albrecht was injured (achilles), and unfortunately will have surgery on Wednesday and will be out for the season. Babatunde Oshinowo Jr. had an ankle situation, which is correctable and he should be OK this weekend, but he was down last Saturday. One of our strengths is substituting our front people --- they came at us and were a physical team that was going to run the ball and not going to put the ball in the quarterback's hands in the latter part of the game. The attitude of the guys was disappointment, but watching tape yesterday, encouraged by some of the progress that was made. The turnover situation (three vs. ND) continues to haunt us. We need to find a way to eliminate them by making good decisions and retaining possession of the football and not giving people the opportunity to put quick points on the boards as we did.'

On the quarterbacks:

'Chris Lewis will be our starter (vs. Washington State) and Kyle (Matter) is waiting in the wings. Kyle is very attentive and sharp mentally. Chris showed some very positive things (vs. Notre Dame) that we had not seen prior to Saturday. The opportunity to play an entire game was a plus for him ... His mindset was very positive yesterday. We worked out briefly last night and I thought he was very effective with what we asked him to do.'

On Washington State:

'They are a very talented group. They're picked to finish No. 1 in the conference, and after watching them on tape that is for good reason. They are very thorough on offense. They throw the ball an awful lot any time, any place, any situation. The thing that really impresses me about Jason Gesser is that he's a three-year selection as captain. That is pretty telling in terms of leadership. Obviously he a competitor and is respected by his peer groups for what he does outside of throwing the ball. When you add the athletic component, he'll find a way to get the ball any place on time, in tight situations, into coverage, away from coverage. He seems to be the complete package. He puts big numbers up, and is well protected by probably the largest line I've seen. They are a big, stout offensive line that protects (Gesser) well. (Mike) Bush the wide receiver is a Teyo Johnson type guy who is big and athletic and a very talented basketball player as well. He can run and he can catch. Devard Darling is his complement on the other end. He is a very, very gifted receiver. These are the biggest receivers we've faced at 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6. Obviously in match-up situations you are aware that their is a height advantage that they've used to their advantage. From a running standpoint, they've been effective with John Tippins. They don't run it a lot, but keep you honest by having the ability to run the ball effectively. Defensively they are very, very sound. They have 19 sacks. They play as a group and that is very impressive. Their linebacking corps is very physical. Marcus Trufant is probably as good a coverage guy as there in the nation. He is very quick, very athletic and is a good-sized guy. He's probably an NFL first round draft pick doing what he is doing at this point. Jason Davis is a very sound corner as well. They like to put the safeties in the support mode and put pressure on the corners, and obviously they've responded very well. In special teams, they're very effective, have guys that can run, and can cover effectively as well. Erik Coleman and Darling as return guys pose a threat, and that's a huge point of emphasis for us to pin people down and keep field position favorable to us.'

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