Quotes From Rudy Carpenter's Weekly Press Conference

Oct. 27, 2008

On the offense's performance against Oregon:
'Well, obviously, it hasn't been very good the past five weeks. We're just making too many mistakes, haven't executed and haven't put many points up. We've got to figure out a way to do that.'

On if the team's performance in practice is different than in past seasons:
'It doesn't feel dramatically different. It feels like we're practicing the same and preparing the same. Obviously it's not working, so maybe we need to figure out a way to change something. All that matters is that we're making too many mistakes, whether it's in practice or whether it's in games. When you do that, you can't score points. That's been our problem all year. We haven't been able to score points. We haven't been able to finish drives. We've turned the ball over. Being the quarterback and being a senior, it's my job to make sure those things don't happen, and obviously I haven't done a good job of that.'

On if Oregon's defense did anything in particular that frustrated the offense:
'Not really. We made a lot of mistakes. We had a lot of chances to make some plays, whether it was me throwing balls accurately, whether it was catching balls, running better, protecting. We had a lot of opportunities; we just didn't take advantage of it. Obviously, they are a good defense. They played well against us, but I think more so than anything, it's us just not executing.'

On how he feels:
'I'm fine. I'm just trying to play and trying to help our team. I'm trying to stay on the same path, not get too high and not get too low, try to just help our team win. Obviously I would like to win more games. Being a senior, going out with more wins would be a great thing. Now I feel like I'm just being tested a little bit as far as my character and what I'm going to do. Am I going to quit and give up, or am I going to keep on working hard and keep on trying to help our team win games: I've chosen the latter one.'

On if any of the criticism he has taken as the quarterback surprises him:
'I've never been surprised by what happens, here or anywhere else, when things are said about the quarterback or the coach. That's just what comes with the position. It comes with the territory. I can't just take the good things, feel good about those and like when there are good things being said about me, and then not like when there are bad things being said about me. It's part of the situation, it's part of the position and it's part of my job to take responsibility and to be the leader that I am supposed to be. I told the guys on the sidelines, when the game was pretty much over, just put it on me. I'll take the blame for all this stuff. Just keep on playing, keep on working hard and keep on playing hard for this team. We'll get it turned around.'

On Ryan Bass:
'We've known that Ryan is a good runner. He's got a little bit of magic to him, because he can make a lot of guys miss and he's got speed. I think as Ryan gets older and as he plays a little bit more, he'll be a great player for ASU.'

On if he believes this team can win four more games and still reach a bowl:
'Yes I do, but we're worried about Oregon State. We're just trying to get back in the win column. Obviously it's going to be tough, playing in Corvallis, a night game and it's probably going to be rainy and cold. So it's going to be tough. We're just worried about that game; trying to get that feeling of what it's like to win again.'

On if the offense misses having a running back like Ryan Torain:
'Well obviously when Ryan was here, we were a good team. Ryan's a great running back, and he'll be a great running back for the [Denver] Broncos when he gets his opportunity. But, we won games last year without Ryan, and we have a lot of good players on our team. Keegan [Herring] is a good running back; Dimitri [Nance] is a good running back. They're both good players, and Ryan Bass is a good player. We've just got to find better ways to execute. That's the thing about offensive football. On defense, you can have one guy make a play and everything can be all right. On offense, you've got to have all 11 guys doing the right thing at the right time for the play to work. We have to find a way to do that, to help our running backs, to help our offensive linemen, to help our receivers, whatever it may be.'

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