Arizona Football Weekly Press Conference
Oct. 1, 2001
On this week's opponent - Oregon:'Oregon has played to the highest level necessary for them to be undefeated at this point. Not to be unfair, but they haven't played at the same level for all of their games as they did against Wisconsin. We haven't played at the same level for that matter. Oregon is a really good team. They see this as a key Pac-10 game, so they will be ready to play like that. Their very best play will be on display Saturday, so we have to raise our level of play this week.'
'Joey Harrington has been called the 'comeback kid,' and I have to agree with that. I have great admiration and respect for him. He doesn't quit. He has the poise, confidence, courage and toughness to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball. They have a different kind of attack, and they do a good job with play action. We have to make sure that we do not give him some of the big plays, and we have to keep constant pressure on him.'
'Maurice Morris is not getting all of the yards because opposing defenses have stacked the deck to take him out of play. He is just waiting to break loose, and he is a great all-purpose back.'
'Justin Peelle is the best tight end in college football. Nobody runs routes better than he does, and you don't want to try to cover him one-on-one.'
'Oregon also has the top cornerback tandem in the conference, and the safeties do a nice job of helping in the coverages. They are very active up front, and the linebackers are real blitzers.'
On Arizona's performance versus Washington State:'After looking at the tapes, it was not a matter of a single player having 25 breakdowns. It was one player here, one player there. The first interception was on a tipped pass, they had a great throw on a deep pass in their first possession, and they surprised us with the onside kick. That was good playing on their part, and our guys were not ready. They did a good job with it (onside kick), and they did it at an opportune time when they were up with a 14-point lead. They set it up nicely, and they had a good game plan.'
'Defensively, we played the hard run well when they ran right at us. But, we let them out on some draw plays a couple of times, which was not well played on our part. On the other side, they pressured our front, and we had some individual breakdowns throughout the night. Our quarterback was pressured, and he had to throw the ball away quickly.'
'What we should take from the loss is that our performance in the first three games was satisfactory for those three games. Our performance level has to rise in order for us to be successful in the Pac-10.'
On Arizona's preparation this week:'We have to go back to work and go about our business. We have to continue to work on our consistency of doing it over and over again. We gave effort last week, but we didn't play any better. Football is a high-performance game, and you can try hard, but you still have to perform. We have to make sure that the players understand what they need to do this week.'
On UA's injury situation:'We came out of the Washington State game in decent shape physically. Fata (Avegalio) played 17 plays on Saturday, and he will be ready to go this week. There is an outside chance that Alex Luna will play, but he is questionable right now. He is going to work out this week. It's been eight days (since knee surgery), so we are going to see how much he can tolerate. There is a chance he could be ready to do a little bit by the middle of the week. Ray Wells has a shoulder injury, so he won't work out tonight, but we think he will improve gradually during the week. He is listed as questionable, but we expect that he will play this week.'