Buddy Teevens Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 15, 2002

On last Saturday's loss to Washington State
'It was a disappointing loss. Washington State is a very talented football team. We knew that they would throw the football with (quarterback Jason) Gesser and some of the wideouts that they have. We felt that we needed to balance that offensively by keeping them off the field, expanding the run a little bit and controlling the football. We moved the ball on occasion but didn't finish things off. Once again, the turnovers affected us with the two interceptions, and we put ourselves in some bad situations. We had four scoring opportunities and came up with only one touchdown and a field goal. When you get that close, you have to put points on the board.'

On Stanford's defense
'A lot of our guys continue to improve. Washington State probably gave us as good of a pass presentation as we've seen. Our back end guys were steady. Oshiomogho Atogwe continues to play well for us. T.J. Rushing continues to emerge as a nickel and dime back with some corner responsibilities. Jared Newberry and Jon Alston played well at linebacker, as did Louis Hobson at defensive end by applying some pass pressure.'

On Stanford's offense
'Kenneth Tolon was very sharp running the football. He had good acceleration and broke a number of tackles. For Kerry Carter, it was the first time that he's seen appreciable action. He will continue to improve with the more time he sees. Casey Moore was solid. He doesn't practice during the week with his injury but did play physically on Saturday. Alex Smith had a couple of catches at tight end and our pass protection was strong. It was nice to get Luke Powell back at receiver.'

On the team's attitude
'We had a very solid practice Monday. The tempo was very strong. Our guys are obviously frustrated but resilient. They see on tape that there are more good things that are being done, we just have to put them together. We expect to do that this weekend.'

On Stanford's injury situation
'Casey Moore's injury situation is ongoing. He doesn't practice during the week with his midfoot sprain. It's getting better, but it's a long process. However, he is a tough guy and continues to play (on gamedays). Matt Leonard and Babatunde Oshinowo rolled up their ankles a little bit versus Washington State but should be able to play this Saturday. Craig Albrecht is still out. It is a possibility that you'll see Caleb Bowman this week. Luke Powell's ankle continues to improve. Greg Schindler is coming along. He doesn't practice early in the week but practices later in the week and then plays on Saturday. Drew Caylor should be ready to go Saturday with a relatively minor shoulder situation.'

On Arizona
'Jason Johnson is a very talented quarterback, while Andrae Thurman and Bobby Wade are two very talented receivers. The challenge for us will be to generate pass pressure and to make Johnson as uncomfortable as possible. Their offensive line is banged up a little bit, but they did a pretty good job of protecting him last week. Their run game is similar to ours as they are still sorting through things. Defensively, they have a variety of different fronts, which we'll have to adjust schematically to. In the past, they've put pressure on the passer and their cover guys have been pretty solid for them.'

On Kenneth Tolon II
'He is doing a great job. He accelerated well last week, broke a bunch of tackles and saw some seams in holes. His confidence level has really climbed after his performance last Saturday.'

On Kerry Carter
'Kerry continues to come along. He was out for a long period of time, so it's going to take him a little bit of time to get back in stride.'

On Stanford's offensive preparations for Arizona
'The attitude going into the game is that we need to have success both running and passing. Arizona has a potent offense, so we need to keep them on the sidelines as often as possible. We've done a decent job with our running game. That takes a little pressure off our quarterback and doesn't put him in a position to have to make all the plays. Still, we need to push the ball down the field by mixing in some longer throws.'

On the importance of a win in Saturday's game versus Arizona
'The attitude you should have is every game is a must win. Certainly, it would be helpful for us to have a 'W'. Guys get frustrated when they work hard and there is no satisfaction on Saturday. But I know Arizona is a very capable and well-coached football team, and they are going to come out with the same mindset.'

On his coaching competitiveness
'You're a competitor, so obviously you do get frustrated when things aren't going exactly they way you like. But, you also get encouraged when you see snapshots during the course of our tapes when you can say 'that's exactly what I'm talking about and that's what you're capable of doing'. We need to string those things together on a regular basis to have success. The players believe that they can do this. That helps you control your emotions. We keep going to work. I believe strongly in what we're doing and that ultimately we will have great success offensively and defensively.

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