Quotes From Danny Sullivan's Weekly Press Conference
Oct. 26, 2009
On how he felt to play in front of friends and family:
'There was no added pressure. It was fun, but at the same time the result did not come out the way we wanted it to be. It is a new week and you have to move on.'
On the first scoring drive right after the second half of the Stanford game:
'We made our halftime adjustments thinking that they might keep trying to play our man receivers outside. Chris [McGaha] against press coverage is pretty good. The first time we had them and he got past their interference. We kept moving the ball and I was trying to get it out of my hand and let those guys make plays. It worked and Stanford did a good job of answering to it, at least to get time off the clock and pin us back. We just could not get anything going with all of the time that kept eating up.'
On Stanford's defense:
'We knew they were going to have a different mentality after the last two weeks. Coach Harbaugh does a good job of that. Their senior leadership is pretty good on that team. They came out with a good game plan. They kept trying to double our outside guys and they kept putting [Michael Thomas] in there trying to wall off Chris [McGaha]. They did a good job of it and they covered our guys a lot. They did not blitz as much as we probably thought they were going to. Like I said, the doubling of the outside guys was kind of new, they had not really done that. We came out in the second half and exploited it and took advantage and then they made those adjustments.'
On things the ASU team can learn from the Stanford loss:
'Stuff that happens the week before does not matter. I think that especially in this conference every week is a grind. You can be a good team the first week and completely change the next week just based on who you are playing and how they are trying to exploit you.'
On Kyle Williams absence:
'It affected us little bit just because we had to shovel around personnel. On the four-wide sets it was a little different not having him in there, but at the same time Jamal [Miles] was in there trying to step up and make plays. It was a little bit [different], but not too much.'
On the pressure the offense faced, as a result of the struggling defense:
'It was tough, especially because they [defense] were getting frustrated also. [Specifically] when Stanford ate up the clock, I do not know it was about 37 and a half minutes and that is tough especially when they are on the field that long. They are trying to make plays, trying to stop them on the third down and they just could not do it. It was hard to see them fight so hard, but just come up short.'
On his hope of moving forward after the loss to Stanford:
'If you dwell on the week before you are going to be in trouble. You just have to forget about the past and not worry about it and look forward to the next opponent. This week it is Cal, it is Homecoming and we have a 12:30 p.m. start and that is all I am worried about. We have to get ready to go.'
On California's defense:
'They are very fast, and tough and they are experienced. The Oregon game does not really show much. They are much better than what they showed in that game. Of course, they have two good corners outside especially with Syd'Quan Thompson. They want to start riding that wave to get back up to the top and get them some recognition. They broke the rankings again and I am sure they are looking forward to keep going.'
On the Pac-10:
'Yes it is, from top to bottom this might be the best year I have seen the Pac-10 in the four years. Any team can win the Pac-10 Conference at this point. Of course as you move on towards the end teams are going to get weeded out, but right now you look at the top and anyone can win it. Oregon, Cal and USC are the top three teams and they are showing it too.'
On the ASU team's resiliency:
'It feels good. I think we have had some tough times already this year and we have fought through them. I expect the same coming off of a tough loss last week [Stanford]. I expect us to come out fired up and ready to go.'