Arizona Football Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 28, 2002

On the loss to Washington State:

'We gave great effort, we had inspired play, and we had people making plays. Jason Gesser proved why he's as good a trigger man as there is anywhere. In all the pressure we put on him and everything that went on in the game, he kept his poise. He threw a couple of bad balls, and we almost got him. He still had a night even though it wasn't his sharpest performance.'

'Lance Briggs had a great game. That was the best I have seen him play in my two years at Arizona. He virtually took the defense right over with him to make the kinds of plays that he did all night. His enthusiasm, the way he played, the tackles, getting people moved around; that's the kind of all-star play the he has in him. He certainly is fast, and that has been a trademark of his, as well as his ability to run and get to the ball.'

'Copeland Bryan went in the game and played for Fata Avegalio, and he had a nice game for us. It was the most he has played. There is a young guy who came to us as a non-scholarship player a year ago and was a little bit undersized, but he went in and had a sack. He did some good things for us, and I really was pleased with the way he played.'

'Lamon Means had a much better game than the week before; he was more comfortable. Spencer Larsen is a player, and he is physical and tough. Both Lamon and Spencer graded out as having good, solid performances.'

'Bobby Gill did a nice job kicking; he knocked through a couple of medium-range field goals. He showed good timing and accuracy.'

'James Molina went from unknown to practically a triple threat. We needed to have a much stronger performance from our kick specialists. We have given Danny (Baugher) several games, but he just hasn't been able to get into any kind of rhythm. James has been right there with Danny all of the time, and we decided to give him a chance. As far as the kickoffs, Ryan has had a lot of good kickoffs, but he has also missed some, so that's when we decided to give James a try at that, and he knocked the first one seven yards deep (into the end zone). I would expect that he will be under consideration for both of those jobs this week.'

On the Oregon State Beavers:

'It really is going to be a tale of two cities. They are a run-oriented team, and we are a pass-oriented team. I think I would rather be a run-oriented team right now because you can mix the pass with the run more easily than you can mix the run with the pass. With a good run game, you can play action, and you can do a lot of things. They will come hard at us with the run, so we will have to keep rotating some people up front (on the defensive line). We have to get the maximum effort defensively and be able to compete with them offensively.'

'Defensively, they play hard, tough and physical up front, and they have some good inside guys. Their secondary has one of the best corners in the country in Dennis Weathersby, and he probably will play Bobby (Wade) one on one, so we will have to do a better job of moving the ball around this week.'

On redshirt freshman quarterback Nic Costa:

'We really haven't played Nic very much, and he had three weeks where he was injured. He has a better grasp of what we're doing and where we're going, and I think he could go into a game and execute almost all of the offense. He has improved his throwing motion, and he has a very strong arm, and when he throws the ball, it has a lot of zip.'

On the running game:

'There isn't anything that we haven't tried. We have focused on running hard right at them, we have focused on trying to go around them, we have focused on trapping them and doing different things. The hardest thing for young backs is to know how the plays really operate because the game operates at a much different speed than what they see in practice. The scout team guys never get off the blocks quite like the real guys.'

On junior cornerback Michael Jolivette:

'Michael will run this week, and I believe that he will want to play immediately. He has a new brace, and if there is any way that he can get on the field, he definitely will contribute. He's a tough guy, he's smart, and he knows football.'

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