Quotes from Dirk Koetter's Monday Press Conference

Sept. 26, 2005

Tempe, Ariz. - Opening Statement...'We gave the game ball to Sam Keller. Sam was tremendous in the game. He really hung in the pockets, took some hits and really threw the ball down the field. Andrew Carnahan really played a heck of a game too. Andrew was really sick on Thursday and Friday and for him to play like he did after being so sick, really showed what kind of player he is. We gave two game balls out on defense. We gave balls to Jamar Williams and Maurice London. Maurice played the best game of his career. He is playing with a lot of confidence. Jamar had thirteen tackles, caused a fumble and intercepted the ball. He was named Pac-10 Player Of the Week. It's great to have Dwayne Hollyfield back. After missing our first two games, Dwyane came up with three sacks in the game. Special teams game ball goes to Litrell Jones, who blocked a punt. He played well on the other special teams as well. Our extra captain for the USC game will be Dwayne Hollyfield as well. The game was not the prettiest game I've ever seen in my life. I think we made a lot of plays. We made big plays on both sides of the ball. We had eight sacks in the game. The big stat was six turnovers to zero. You aren't going to lose a game when you have that turnover ratio. We are really pleased with our depth. We took 64 players on the trip and we played 62 of them. We played all 12 defensive linemen. I'm just pleased with the way the guys hung in there and played. With USC this week, its no secret, USC has a tremendous football team. If LSU is ranked third of fourth, USC is definitely number one. They may have the two best offensive players in college football on the same team in Lienart and Bush. We don't have great film to go on. How do you stop an offense like that? No one has. We have good stats on offense. But USC's stats are unheard of. You can't play just one defense on a team like that. They spread the ball out. We have to give them some different looks. We have to know where Bush is at, they are going to try to move him around to make plays.'

On ASU's Defense against Oregon State...'I'm very pleased. They had six turnovers. We had three other balls that were almost intercepted. We also had eight sacks that came from our front four. It was great to get Kyle Caldwell back involved. He played 43 plays. He was very healthy in practice yesterday. Hopefully he's on track to getting back full time.'

On the comparison of USC to other great teams...'The fact that USC hasn't been beaten in so long. What they did in the Orange bowl last year against the supposed number one team Oklahoma. The orange bowl looked a lot like our game. I felt a lot better about how bad they beat us last year. They are good as any. USC can hurt us in so many ways. They are so well coached on both sides of the ball. They have no weakness in their scheme and they have great players playing.'

On Reggie Bush...'I think Reggie Bush is one of those players who comes around every so often. I think he's off the charts. He could probably start at five different positions. I remember when we were trying to recruit him out of high school. I've never seen a guy like him. Every time he touched the ball he scored.'

On last years game...' I just got through watching it. We got off to a horrible start and the crowd got into it. That game wasn't what ASU football is all about. Our players know that. I think our players remember that is was not a good feeling. We have to prove it on the field.'

On offensive line...'They're important in every game. Our offensive line has played very well. Last game was our first game in the life with out Zach Krula. Zach was at practice yesterday. It is nice to see him smiling. He was feeling some pain still. Mike Pollack and Leo Talavou played really well. We are going to leave that as an open competition. We made some mental mistakes that hurt us in the running game. We are better than that. Overall I am very pleased with the way our offensive line is playing. They are going to have to play really well this week. They are going to have to play well every week.'

On Sam Keller's toughness...'I think we were a little bit spoiled because in the first three games Sam didn't get touched. They sacked us twice in this game. Sam delivered two great throws. We forget some times because Sam isn't as tall as Andrew Walter. But Sam is all of 6'4 and 235lbs. Sam is a thick guy. He can take a hit. Sam will be good to go for USC.'

On Zach Catanese and Keno Walter-White...'I've been very pleased with Zach Catanese. I think he is our number two tackler. Zach has been playing like a warrior. Keno has been getting better and better every week. He has never gone against a guy like Hass. Hass is a heck of a college player. Keno is still learning that you have to focus on every play.'

On Dale Robinson...'Dale has been playing with reckless abandon.'

On kicking and punting to Reggie Bush...'We better get ready to go for it a lot on fourth down. USC in the past has done a tremendous job. They don't go for blocks a lot because they have such a great return man. Bush is probably the best return guy in the country. We are going to try to keep the ball away from Bush.'

On LenDale White...'There is not a team in the Pac-10 that wouldn't love to have LenDale White as their starting tailback. White gets very little national publicity. He is the kind of guy that you could give the ball to 25 times and he could give you over one hundred yards.'

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