Arizona Football Sunday Teleconference Quotes
On Arizona's 2001 team captains:'Our team captains are Brandon Nash, Steven Grace and Anthony Thomas. They were our most significant vote-getters. They all have had positive influences, and they have played positive roles. They have played through a lot of bumps and bruises, and they are people who are respected by their peers.'
On UA's preparation for Arizona State:'Today we are going to get back and get a focus for the week. Last week, we worked on some things, but now we need to focus on everything sharply. We have talked about playing in big games and how you have to do things. When you're playing in big games like this where there's a lot of emotion and tension, you have to be able to focus. We are playing this game as if it's all or nothing, and that's the way we are preparing for it.'
'We have watched their games, and we have tried to pick out opponents who are similar to us in their style of play. We are going to look closely at the last couple of games because they are the most recent.'
On ASU's offense:'Jeff (Krohn) is a good scrambler, and he throws on time beautifully. The one thing that they have done against everybody is that they have set up a lot of big pass plays. Delvon (Flowers) is a heck of a good runner. He's powerful, tough, and he runs like he enjoys handling the ball. Their offense is excellent. They move the ball around to different people, and they have speed at receiver. There's a lot going on with them.'
On defensive end Terrell Suggs:'(Terrell) Suggs is a heck of a player. He has great quickness and a burst. We have to be sure that we have someone on him all of the time. Their whole front is a nice group, and they put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. They play a true eight-man defense, and they are different from all of the other teams that we have played all year. Our defenses are very different.'
On the Arizona-Arizona State rivalry:'It is an intense rivalry on the field, and it is an intense rivalry off the field. It is one of the games that likely divides the state at least for a weekend.'
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