Dirk Koetter's quotes from Mondays Press Conference

Oct. 3, 2005

TEMPE, AZ. - Opening Statement...'Our players of the game were Andrew Carnahan on offense, Josh Golden on defense and Terry Richardson on special teams. Our extra captain for the Oregon game is Moey Mutz. As far as the USC game, it is very disappointing. This is as disappointing as it gets. We did a lot of good things. We played very well on special teams. Our coverage teams did a nice job. Our kickers did well. Our return game, with Terry Richardson and the guys blocking for him, did a nice job. I'm very pleased with the defense in the first half. We just had them out there too much. About 50 plays in the first half is way too long for your defense to be on the field. The turns over were a huge factor in the game. The story of the game was our lack of consistency on offense. We've been much more consistent than we were against USC. We can't do that in games like that and expect to win. The crowd was awesome. The student section did a nice job. The crowd got into the game and helped us create a real home field advantage. Hopefully we can keep that going. As far as Oregon goes, they are a spread offense. They are very similar to Northwestern but they are a better passing team. Kellen Clemons, their quarterback, is an excellent player. Those receivers he's throwing to are very explosive players.'

On Sam Keller bouncing back...'Sam is a great competitor. Its unfortunate. Sam has a lot of ball ahead of him. I'm sure he'll be fine. Sam tried to do too much on a few occasions. There is not a quarterback out there who hasn't done that. Quarterbacks learn their most valuable lessons when they screw up. When quarterbacks have a lot of success they think they can throw the ball anywhere. Sometime you have to cut your losses.'

On Clemons vs. Basanez...'I'm a big Basanez fan. This is our first time seeing Clemons in a spread offense. I do think he is an excellent spread quarterback. I think he's their second leading rusher. He has a very strong arm and I think he's only thrown one interception this year. Very seldom does he turn the ball over by interception. I'd have to say, even though I'm a huge fan of Basanez, I think Kellen Clemons is a better quarterback.'

On emotions after USC game...'Our team yesterday was hurting. We were all disappointed, frustrated, sore, tired, all the things you expect a team to be after a game like that. I'm very confident in the leaders and captains of our team. Our guys know what's at stake. We have a chance to still have a great season.'

On putting up numbers on Oregon's Defense...'Oregon in the past, on who ever they play, they have the philosophy to make you a one-dimensional offense. By Oregon's choice, they try to make you one dimensional that you have to throw the ball. And that plays to our strength. If they do this against us, it's not a big secret of what we are going to do.'

On Moey Mutz...'I didn't even know who Moey Mutz was. He was one of those guys who came for walk on tryouts. There are 40 guys out there and you didn't know any of them. Moey has worked his way up to be one of our most valuable guys. He knows all three positions at wide receiver. He has been a clutch performer on third downs. Moey and Matt Miller are two senior receivers we are really going to miss when they're gone. Both guys do a lot of the dirty work that wide receivers do that goes unnoticed. They are both excellent blockers.'

On Derek Hagan...'Derek Hagan was under recruited for sure. He didn't have as many Pac-10 offers as some of the other guys. His high school was a little bit out of the way. I think most of Derek's success has to do with the fact that he's a big strong guy. Over the course of his career he has improved his strength and speed a lot. He is very consistent. He is smart and knows all the positions even though we don't move him around very much. His durability and smarts make him an excellent competitor.'

On playing hard...'The single best thing our football team is doing right now is playing hard. If you play hard you are going to be in every game. We played very very hard against USC and LSU and we lost. We played very hard against the other three teams and we won. If we just keep playing hard, we have enough playmakers on both sides of the ball; I think we are going to be fine.'

On Lee Burghgraef finding the end zone...'We've been saving that particular play on the goal line. We've had it ready since the Temple game. We've never really had to use it. We knew when we finally did use it, that is had a chance to be a touch down. When we score with about six minutes to go, I thought we had a chance. Talk about doing the dirty work, Lee Burghgraef is the guy that does it. Being a team captain you can tell what kind of respect our guys have for him. He is as tough as nails. You can tell by the guys on the field how happy they were for him.'

On Zach Cantanese consistency...'Zach is really playing well. I'd say Zach is one of the steadiest players on defense. There was a big difference in the second half in the run support when Zach was not in there. Zach is one of our best all around special teams players. I think Zach is one of the best safeties in our league. He is a big hitter and he takes football seriously.'

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