Riley Meets the Press: Nov. 17

Nov. 17, 2009

Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley and several players met with members of the media on Tuesday morning in the Valley Football Center. Coach Riley answered questions from the assembled media contingent for approximately 25 minutes. Media represented Tuesday included: Paul Buker, Mike Tokito and Molly Blue of The Oregonian, Bob Clark of the Register-Guard, Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times, Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal, Ron Callan from KPAM 860, Mike Parker and Jon Warren from 1240 KEJO, Casey Grogan of the Official Sports Report, as well as KMTR, KVAL, KEZI and KATU.

Mike Riley - Head Coach

On playing at Washington State this weekend...
'This is another week of preparation, another Pac 10 game. Every moment from now on is a defining moment. Our team's mission is to play our best game this week. It is always about the team's preparation during Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We certainly want to stay on the incline and extend our winning streak, and will continue to keep our main focus on this weekend's game.'

On the offense and the record and numbers it is putting up...
'This offense has turned into a pretty good picture. Our offense tends to threaten people. Our running game is well balanced, and that we have a number of guys that are making plays in the passing game. Obviously, we have James and Quizz highly ranked with the number of receptions, so we are getting a balance of running and passing aspects of the game. There are two other major keys that are important which are the growth and play of our offensive line and the growth in our quarterback.'

On Keaton Kristick's development during his time at OSU...
'Keaton Kristick, to me, is the perfect Beaver identity in my mind. He is a great guy, well-respected and was voted captain, by a margin of votes that I have never seen before. Keaton is also a really good player. The way he plays the game physically and with passion that is extra special. I am just amazed that he is already a senior. I wished we would have redshirted him, of course we would have missed him playing, but I do wish he had another year here.'

On the Pac-10 not having any teams ranked in the top 10 due to loses to conference teams...
'I think there is the capability and talent that there are six teams that could be ranked in the top 25 if you were to put us against the rest of the country. I really think there is that much ability in our league. With the fact that we are going to play nine conference games per year, we have led up to this time of the growth in our league. We had some teams at the bottom, who are now near the top like Arizona. It's almost unfair; because I like to play nine conference games, and the most everyone else plays are eight. If you compare to the non-conference schedules to other conferences, we can notice a big difference. The Pac-10 can play with anybody.'

On where Sean Canfield compares with other quarterbacks in the conference...
'I believe he is the all-conference quarterback this year. If you just take a look at his numbers and the leadership he has had with the team.'

Keaton Kristick - Linebacker

On the strength of our conference...
'It's one of those years where the Pac-10 is beating up on the Pac-10 which is all good. You never know what's going to happen. It really is just a race this year and for it to come down to the end like this and for us to be in it is really neat. You never know what's going to happen.'

On whether he's concerned about the Beavers looking past Washington State's record...
'Not so much, we aren't too worried about their record. They are a Pac-10 team and we don't know what the weather or the conditions are going to be like. Just to have the opportunity to play in a game like this and to work on playing our game, that's really what we're looking forward to.'

On looking at the possibilities in the standings...
'I'm no mathematician. However it works out, and that's what is neat. You really don't know what is going to happen. And if Arizona loses a game and we beat Oregon we go to the Rose Bowl right? Just the possibility, I think that's really neat, you don't know what's going to happen.'

James Dockery - Cornerback

On how the Beavers are playing now...
'I feel good and this is kind of what we've been doing every year so (peaking late in the season) kind of like a natural feeling almost. Just getting better week to week and we just want to continue that this week in Pullman.'

On any concerns about the cold weather at Washington State...
'Not really, we'll be warmed up once we get going with a couple series under our belt and a couple plays. Just like [Coach] Riley says, as long as there's a field with hashmarks and goal posts we'll be fine.'

Sean Canfield - Quarterback

On the balance between the running and passing game...
'I felt like my role was kind of limited last weekend but the offensive line opened up holes for Quizz to run. That balance is what we look for and what we want. It's great as a quarterback and makes a quarterback's life less stressful when there's a running game.'

On being in better condition this season...
'Being in good shape is always going to be a good thing. It's never going to hurt you. I've seen things on film as compared to last year just my drops, footwork and that all translates into making plays. It's been very beneficial to me.'

Gregg Peat - Offensive Guard

On the season Sean Canfield has had...
'He's done amazing. I've known him forever, we used to be roommates; we're great friends. It's awesome to see how he's grown, the quarterback he's turned out to be, and really just the man and leader he has turned out to be.'

On offensive line coach Cavanaugh...
'I can't imagine a better coach. He's taught us how to be great technicians, how to play together, and more of what he teaches us are life lessons. He teaches us how to be tough and push through pain. He's tough on us ... everybody knows that. It's an interesting experience, but at the end of the day he's almost like our father. We respect him so much, and he respects us for what we do. It's a great relationship. He's a great coach, and he obviously has a very good reputation sending guys to the NFL. I couldn't ask for a better guy to play for.'

On how the offensive line has grown...
'In the beginning we got kind off to a rocky start. There were a lot of sacks, and a lot of things go into giving up sacks, but looking at it as a whole our run blocking wasn't quiet there, our pass blocking wasn't quiet there. As the season has gone on we've gotten better. There is definitely more improvement to go. We not perfect, by any means. It's good to see Michael Philipp has grown so much, he's doing fantastic. Grant Johnson has stepped up. We'll use these next two games to get better to take us to a bowl game.'

On keeping the team focused...
'I think it's a credit to Coach Riley, he does a really good job of keeping us focused during the week. It doesn't really need to be said by me. It's Washington State that we need to take care of, and really there is a bye week after that, so Oregon is so far away. Washington State is what we need to get by, and that's all we're thinking about. That's our focus.'

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