Tyrone Willingham Press Conference Quotes

Nov. 21, 2001

Stanford, Calif. -

On Randy Fasani:
'Randy is healthy at this stage and ready to go, and we believe that he will be our starter. Once again, we will look at the practice week and see what happens during this week.'

On the decision to play Fasani:
'He is ready to go, and we will see how the week progresses and where that leads us.'

On Brian Allen:
'We will see. As you know Tuesday is our day that guys come back. We hope he is ready to go. He suffered an ankle injury and we will see how he progresses and works this week.'

On playing Notre Dame:
'First of all, they are a good and talented football team. If you look at their athletes, you see some outstanding players that have the ability to be very explosive. They have a fine athlete in their quarterback position. He has outstanding athletic skills, he can run, throw and with his use of the option makes it very difficult to defend. That is a problem for us because we don't see a great deal of options. We have seen plays here and there, but to defend that full time is another issue that we have to prepare for.'

On Faust and Tolon:
'I am very please with the progress of Justin Faust and Kenneth Tolon. Coming in the season, we believed that one of the strong groups on our football was the running back position. When you have a loss to Brain Allen and Kerry Carter, two huge components in you system, and to have Faust and Tolon step in and give us the quality play that they have done, has been excellent. There is room for them to grow and improve, and hopefully some of that comes with the increased awareness that they are part of our system. We expect them to step in and get better.'

On last week's game:
'I was very happy with the team's performance. Winning is number one, but when you look and pull out things, there were some very good things that happened. There were mistakes made, but our defense for five consecutive series went three and out. I think Cal played their best game of the year and we were expecting that. I am very please with what happened in that football game.'

On Luke Powell:
'Luke is a big play artist. We rely on Luke to get his share of those big plays each week, and he does that whether it is on special teams or as a receiver. He finds a way to make a big play and help you be a successful team.'

On playing a non-conference game:
'You approach the game the same way you would any other ballgame. We have got to do the things this week and we have done every other week. The great news is that we have done the Notre Dame game after the California game before. Hopefully there are enough guys on our team that understand the preparation surrounding Thanksgiving, family, all those kinds of things so we can do a great job of being prepared to play a great football team.'

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