Quotes From Rudy Carpenter's Weekly Press Conference

Oct. 20, 2008

On what the team can still accomplish this season:
'I think we can make a lot out of this season. I was talking to Coach Erickson about it yesterday. Obviously, we're worried about Oregon and trying to get a win against Oregon, but we feel that we can win a lot of these games that's we're playing, just like every week we feel that way. If you look at it, we can still finish with a nine-win season.'

On Oregon's defense:
'They have a really good defense. They have a lot of guys returning. Both their corners and their safeties are good. Patrick Chung is one of the better players in the Pac-10. They also have good linebackers, with Jerome Boyd and some of those other guys, and they have a good front four. Nick Reed is a good player, obviously. He sacked me a few times last year, and he's having a good year this year as well. So, they have a lot of experience and a lot of talent on their defense, and it's going to be another tough week for us.'

On if he watched other games during the bye week:
'I watched a couple games here and there, but not really any full games. I tried to spend some time with my family. I actually watched a lot of film on Oregon, and like I said, I spent a lot of time with my family.'

On if his ankle feels better now than going into the USC game:
'I would definitely say that. I'm going on 16 days now since I hurt it, so it's getting better every day. I finally got the boot off, I hope for good. So, I think I should be fine for Saturday.'

On what the team can do to be better offensively in the second half of the season:
'I think we need to do everything better. It is frustrating. I did do a lot of reflecting on the first six games that we had, and we've had our opportunities in all the games that we've lost. We've had opportunities in all those games on offense to put up some points and come away with some wins, or at least help our defense. Our defense got four turnovers against USC, we got inside the red zone and we didn't score a touchdown. Same thing against UNLV, we got down there and didn't score a touchdown. Same thing against Georgia, we got down there and didn't score touchdowns. Obviously, same thing against Cal, our defense played great, but we couldn't score. I think probably the number one thing is we just need to execute better. We need to execute throwing the ball to open guys, catching balls, blocking people, running the ball; we need to just execute better. That comes from practice, and also it comes from playing with a little bit more confidence.'

On if he was the most frustrated he's ever been during his career after the USC game:
'Well, it was the first time I've been on a team that's been shut out, in college at least. It was embarrassing, and to be honest, I was really more frustrated for our defense, because our defense played so well in that game. They gave us so many opportunities to score points, and we just couldn't come through for those guys. But, I've been trying to stay positive and know that we still have six games left. We can turn it around still.'

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