Quotes From Rudy Carpenter's Weekly Press Conference

Dec. 1, 2008

On what it would mean to him to go 4-0 against Arizona in his career:
'It would be a pretty big accomplishment. I'd like to say that playing against U of A is just another game, but obviously that's not the case. When you come to ASU, playing U of A is a big deal, and winning is a big deal. I've been fortunate to be a part of three teams that have won the previous three years, but I was also part of a team that lost, my true freshman year, so I know what that can be like, especially when I watched a lot of those seniors play down there and lose their final game to them. We don't want that to be us.'

On what moments stand out from his previous games against Arizona:
'My freshman year, the Terry Richardson return for a touchdown was a huge play in the game, so was the two-point conversion to Zach Miller. Those are pretty big plays. Down there, the three touchdown passes in the first quarter is what really won the game for us. Then last year was kind of a weird game, but the touchdown to Mike Jones at the end of the game, ran a slant and go, was obviously what sealed the game. Those were big plays. Hopefully we can get some more this week.'

On UA quarterback Willie Tuitama:
'Obviously I'm aware of other quarterbacks and what they're doing, but to be honest, I don't really look at numbers. I don't what his numbers are. I haven't had a chance to really see him play a whole lot. This summer, I worked at a few camps with him, got to know him a little bit better, and we got along. It was cool.'

On his college career coming to a close:
'There were times where I thought this was never going to end, and it seemed like this is pretty hard. But now that's it at the end and I look back, I feel like, where did time go? Where did all these games go? Sometimes I look back and wish I would have some of these games back that we could have won or could have done things differently. In the grand scheme of things, it has gone really fast, and it's been a good experience for me here.'

On if he is proud of his ASU career:
'Of course. I think I should be. No matter what anybody says, I've done a lot of things here. I graduated, I think I was a good citizen, regardless of what some people say, I won a lot of games, put up a lot of numbers. I don't know what else I am supposed to do.'

On the offensive struggles:
'When you really think about it, this isn't a knock on anybody, but we've started a lot of people who have had minimal to no game experience. That's why it's frustrating for me when people get on some of the guys on our team. We've started eight or nine different offensive linemen this year. Jon Hargis was on the defensive line this year, and now he's playing one of the hardest positions in football. Those are extremely hard things to do. Then you ask Shawn Lauvao to move out and play tackle, which he's never played before. You've got Thomas Altieri, who had never started before. You have Garth Gerhart, who's our backup center, we ask him to play guard. It's pretty hard to do. We've had struggles, but there are reasons. I'm proud to play with those guys, because I know they give their best effort every single week. Even at our tight end position, with Andrew Pettes, Stanley [Malamala] and Wes Evans, essentially those guys are all new at starting and playing. Wes has been a defensive end, and now he's playing tight end, making plays for us. We've had our struggles, but I give all those guys credit, because it's something that is so hard to do. There are a lot of reasons for our struggles, but besides that, we haven't capitalized on big plays. We've made mistakes and missed big plays, and then compounded them with something else after that.'

On Arizona's defense:
'From what we've seen so far, they're a pretty aggressive defense. They're good athletes. They're aggressive and they play real hard. Their coaches do a good job of putting them in good positions to make plays. I would assume they are going to try and pressure us a lot, so we have to be ready for that.'

On what it was like watching the defense score four touchdowns:
'It was fun. I was excited and happy for all those guys, because I think all those guys are due. Troy Nolan, I'm happy for him; he's a good player, and he works real hard; same with Mike Nixon, Travis Goethel and Paul 'Unga. It was fun. It was good to see all that. Obviously, at the end of the day, we were still frustrated on offense, that we couldn't find a way to do anything.'

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