Dirk Koetter Weekly Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 29, 2001

Dirk Koetter Press Conference Quotes
October 29, 2001

Opening Statement
'First of all I'd like to thank everyone for coming. Congratulations to the Diamondbacks on their two wins over the weekend. I want to start off by saying that the crowd, once again, was excellent Saturday night. It made a big impact on the game. I think there were 50,000 people there, I just want those fans to know they are doing a great job. It sounds like 70, and someday we are going to get it to 70 and it will be an even bigger factor. We appreciate it.'

'As far as UW, we played extremely hard. Our guys competed very well, but you can't spot a top 20 team like we did and expect to win, it's just not going to happen. In this league this season there are 5 top 20 teams, so we can't give points away.'

'There were 10 individual plays in that game that if they go the other way, we have a good chance of winning...We missed a field goal that Mike (Barth) is usually going to make. We had two turnovers down around the 20-yard line, and you can't have those. Al (Williams) makes a nice play on the interception and we don't get any points out of it. Obviously two big third downs, third-and-eight and third-and-two in that last drive where (UW Quarterback) Cody Pickett makes huge plays. We had a chance to tackle him.'

'We're bitterly disappointed and trust me, no one is more disappointed in the outcome than we are. But at the same time we have to recognize that there are some individual players that are doing a great job and getting better. We did play very hard.'

'This game is unique in several ways for us. It's our only game on turf this year. Oregon has new turf this year, it's a version of field turf. It is not the same as what Washington State has. We are going to go and practice in their stadium Friday, so our players can test out the shoes. Second, for Arizona State purposes, this is probably the only time all year that we will have weather issues. I think right now the forecast is for low 40s and 40 to 50 percent chance of rain. Thirdly, the crowd. Anybody who has ever been there knows it is one of the loudest stadiums in the country. Crowd noise will definitely be a factor. Pile all that on top of the fact that they are a pretty darn good football team. It's going to be a great challenge to us, and an opportunity that we are really looking forward too.'

'I know Autzen Stadium is going to be sold out, and it's very difficult. That's why they've won 23 of their last 24 there... It's a very loud stadium, and the crowd plays a major part of the game.'

Is ASU a second half team?
'When you look at the stats and you look at the score by quarters, there can always be different factors going into why you're scoring more points at a certain time. One thing I know for certain, at least in the last two games, is that we have not started off very well offensively. I don't think of it in terms of us being a second half team, I think of it in terms of if we're going to beat the teams we have to beat, we need to play more consistently over four quarters. Obviously that starts with quarter number one.'

Oregon's defense
'In essence, Oregon plays the same defense we do. Are we playing perfect on defense? No. We're not causing enough turnovers, that's for sure. We're not taking the ball away. And we are missing some opportunities to stop teams. I'm not going to sit up here and blame our team, because I know our team is fine.'

'I think we are last in the league in turnovers gained. We're something like -3 or -5 on the season, where Oregon is something like +13 on the season. We're turning it over a little too much on offense, although you are going to turn it over. We're just not getting enough turnovers. The other thing is, at crucial times we had chances to get off the field and we missed tackles or Cody Pickett got away from us.'

'Oregon's corners are both excellent players. Those two corners are very talented. Their defense is going to pack those guys in the box to try and stop the run. They've been doing a good job of it. I think we have to try and be balanced. The only team that beat them all year was Stanford, and Stanford did a good job of mixing the run with the pass. I think we have to be as balanced as we can, but we also have to play to our strengths.'

Jeff Krohn
'I was very proud of the way Jeff (Krohn) competed. If you take away two turnovers, which was a ten point swing, I think Jeff played very well if you take away those two plays.'

Terrell Suggs
'I think Terrell is a little frustrated right now. I think all great competitors get frustrated when they don't make plays and dominate games. You have to remember Terrell has only been a defensive end for two years in his life. This is the first year he's ever played against a tight end or double teams. I think the sky is the limit for him. We can't lose sight of the fact that he's going to get better and better.'

Oregon Quarterback Joey Harrington
'I think Joey Harrington is a stud. He's a can't miss NFL prospect. He's a great competitor. His record as a starter speaks for itself. He's a good passer, great leader. I don't have anything but positives to say about him.'

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