Quotes From Dirk Koetter's Monday Press Conference
Oct. 30, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
On the effectiveness of ASU's offense...
'We were doing a lot on offense the first three weeks. We were just going full speed ahead. Then we hit a road block at
On quarterback Rudy Carpenter's improvement...
'I think Rudy has done a nice job just getting back to taking what the defense gives him. The
'[The win] was impressive. I think they've done a nice job. USC moved the ball, but they also had a lot of turnovers. They took advantage of the situations and held on until the end. USC has been in three previous games before that.
On playing against
'They are hot right now.
'I haven't watched the earlier games. I have just watched their most recent games. So when I watch them on film, the last couple games I've watched, no one is running the ball on them. They look real solid on defense. Before the week is over, I'll look at what was going on earlier in the year. I usually work my way back from most recent game.'
On safety Josh Barrett...
'I think it has been for the last five weeks that Dan Fidler, the safeties coach, has said, 'Josh has had his best game this week,' and then the next week, 'Josh has had his best game this week.' Then he played his best game and so on. I think Josh played in [safety] Zach Catanese's shadow last year. I mean Josh has got more confidence, both those guys are playing well. Josh is such a great athlete with speed and power. He is playing well on special teams, he has really developed into a great player. He is doing a great job as a leader. He and Zach Catanese are a couple of our top five leaders on our team right now.'
On injured offensive lineman Stephen Berg...
'He is done for the season. He has some more follow up tests and doctors appointments today. There are relatively sure he has a torn ACL. It was non-hit injury. It was a screen play and there was a screen on both sides of the field. He just planted his knee when he was going to make a block on a defensive back and it just gave out on him. It is too bad for Steve. He was playing well and was also doing a great job as a leader. What a terrible way for him to end his year. He was being a great team leader. He has been a three and a half year starter and he has moved positions to help the team. It is a tough way for Steve to end it. Hopefully we can get [offensive lineman] Brandon Rodd to come back this week. If Brandon Rodd can come back at left tackle we can have either Julius [Orieukwu] or Richard Tuitu'u fill in at right tackle. Julius has experience on both sides so he can be the swing guy.'
On the team maturing through the season...
'When we were down 21 to nothing against USC in the first quarter, I think that's the point where our team took a turn for the better. When we got down 21 to nothing, that was a dangerous part of the season. It was a good opportunity to cave in, but they didn't. We came back and we carried that over to Stanford, and then we definitely carried it over to the
On the atmosphere at
'It has a lot more big time flavor now that they've put the finishing touches on the stadium. Last year was my first time there [since Reser Stadium has been completed], and that stadium was impressive. The players like their turf, it is a lot more spongy than the
On brothers Jeremy Payton of ASU and
'They are very similar in their style of play.