Riley Meets The Press: Nov. 30

Nov. 30, 2009

Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley and several players met with members of the media on Monday morning in the Valley Football Center. Coach Riley answered questions from the assembled media contingent for approximately 40 minutes. Media represented Monday included: Paul Buker, Mike Tokito and Molly Blue of The Oregonian, Bob Clark of the Register-Guard, Cliff Kirkpatrick and Steve Gress of the Gazette-Times, Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal, Ron Callan from KPAM 860, Mike Parker and Jon Warren from 1240 KEJO, Brian Brooks of the Official Sports Report, as well as KMTR, KVAL, KEZI and KATU.

Mike Riley, Oregon State Head Coach

On the Civil War…
“We are obviously excited about this game as is everyone. It is a great event for our state to have these two teams play for a Pac-10 Championship and the Rose Bowl. It is a great thing. We have a lot of respect for the Ducks, for who they are and everything they have done. I also have a lot of respect for our team and what we have done, which makes me very proud.”

On the year Jacquizz Rodgers has had this year…
“He has had a tremendously productive year and is also the second leading receiver in this conference. He means a lot to this team, to our passing and running game; he’s impacted our team a lot. We spent a lot of time with Quizz when he could not practice this last spring. Getting Sean (Canfield) and Quizz together and running routes, throwing and catching the ball. The neat thing is, when you practice a lot of stuff, it doesn’t come alive, but this really came alive, which really impacted our team a lot.”

On the keys the Beavers need to accomplish in order to win this game…
“We have to do a great job in our run defense. We have always prided ourselves in it, but it does not become any bigger than playing against Oregon with the way they run the football. What we know now, is that Jeremiah Masoli is a really good passer and he has a great arm which becomes a huge factor. You are going to have a play an all-around defensive game, but we can’t allow them to just continue to run like they did a year ago. Offensively, we need two things: to get started with poise with the crowd noise and being away from home and all of that stuff. We also need to play fast.”

On what colors the Beavers will wear considering the hype surrounding Oregon’s uniforms…
“I am not privy to that; I believe we are wearing white.”

On the relationship between quarterbacks Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield…
“When you talk about our two quarterbacks, it is very emotional to me because these guys have been the heart and soul for the Beavers. They have won a lot of games and they have handled the situations that could tear a team apart. But they not only managed not to do that, but to make it a good thing. Through their competition they forged a relationship and a friendship with an admiration for one another. That has held this team together and we have won a lot of games. They have gone through competition and injuries. We are thankful that they both have played for us. We had always hoped for two healthy guys this year, and we almost got to that point, but there is no denying the fact that these two guys have been a major factor in the success of this team for all of the time they have been here.”

On Jeremiah Masoli as a threat running and passing…
“That is always the difficult thing when you are playing against balance, because then it makes it that much more difficult to be sound and disciplined. He is probably the perfect picture of what you need in a quarterback running that offense. If he’s just a runner, you have a chance to deal with it. If he’s being a passer you have that chance to deal with that. But having both is going to be always harder, and that is what Jeremiah is.

On the perception that in the national picture OSU must work twice as hard to get half the attention…
“We lost early so that made us have to fight back for a lot more. A lot of people did not notice us until all of a sudden, poof, you look up at the end of the last game and we are playing for the conference championship. I think it is very neat that has truly surprised some people because all the talk was that Arizona held the cards, if they beat Oregon. We just kind of showed up in this position, and we just need to make the most of it.”

James Dockery, cornerback

On whether he wishes game day was already here..
“I am ready to get it over with. I love the preparation leading up to the game. It is really hard to focus in classes, sleep at night, and my grandma is even asking me if I am ready to play in the game. We just want to come out on top. It is on my mind 24 hours of the day, which makes it a very exciting time to be a Beaver and we are just anxious to get out there.”

On the opportunity to play for the Rose Bowl…
“It is very motivating. Any time you get a chance to play for the championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl is a motivation in itself. We just need to focus on our game and the preparation by focusing in on the detail in order to get the win.”

On what the Beavers need to do in order to get the win…
“The main thing is to ignore the crowd, because we know they do not like the Beavers. Also remain disciplined throughout the four quarters of the game in order to stop an offensive team like that.”

Keaton Kristick, linebacker

On having a tough time containing quarterback Jeremiah Masoli…
“Offensively, these guys are as good of a team that we’re going to play this year, and he’s one of the best players. We keep talking about (Washington quarterback) Jake Locker and how we contained him and we just have to do something similar to that. (Masoli’s) just one of those good players in the conference that you have to prepare for and we have, so it’s going to be interesting come Thursday night.”

On a change in their game day routine with a night game…
“You usually have some football to watch, but I’ll probably be watching soaps or something like that. Prep for the game is just like any other one, you just have to watch your film before the game but that’s about it. This is just another game to us.”

On quarterback Jeremiah Masoli’s strengths…
“He’s just a physical runner. He runs a lot like I did back when I was in high school. He’s really quick but he’s not afraid of contact, which is what you really look for in a running back. I consider him more a running back than a quarterback. He’s more of a physical running back than you would think.”

On looking back at last year’s game…
“It was really hard after last year’s game to look at the seniors and say, ‘hey, I tried as hard as I could.’ That was one of their last games and I’m sure they wished that they had gone out with a bang in a different way. I only have two more games left here and I’m going to give everything I’ve got on that field on Thursday and that’s what I’m excited about.”

On playing for the Rose Bowl two years in a row…
“I think we’ve been training for this all year and we need to seize this opportunity. Our program has come a long way. To be fighting for the Rose Bowl two years in a row is pretty amazing.”

Sean Canfield, quarterback

On playing in his first Civil War this week…
“It feels good and I am really looking forward to it. I have never been more excited for a football game. It’s a huge stage - everyone knows that - and it will be a great football environment.”

On what the Beavers need to do to get the win…
“We need to play with poise more than anything. We are expecting the noise and our defense just needs to keep doing what they have been doing.”

On last year’s outcome and whether it plays a role this year…
“Last year we played our hearts out, and they beat us. This is a new year and a new team. We will just prepare like every week and we will not play based on last year’s outcome.”

Gregg Peat, offensive lineman

On Oregon’s defensive line…
“Their offensive line is definitely is something that is very key to their game. We just need to keep an eye out for guys on their line. I just know numbers but not names from looking at the film. No. 88 (Brandon Bair) is pretty fast, so we know that we have to keep our eyes on him as with No. 11 (Eddie Pleasant), too.”

On the rivalry…
“It is definitely going to still be a rivalry game between the two teams. We have to make sure to just focus on this week’s game and continue preparation for it. The Rose Bowl would be great if we made it all the way. This is a new year and we know what to do differently than last year and keep a close eye on the offense.”

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