Buddy Teevens Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 29, 2002

Opening statement
'We're an improving football team that has experienced frustration with not getting the win at the end. The attitude of our players is very resilient. They see things on tape that are encouraging as well. Obviously, they are frustrated but also aware of the improvements we are making. We will go back to work in practice with a focus on the red zone and being able to put points on the board. That's absolutely crucial. In every other area, we continue to make progress. If you keep going at it, good things will happen.'

On Stanford's defense
'Our team continues to improve defensively with a very physical and aggressive style of play. We're playing with a lot of enthusiasm ... playing solid football. We knew that we had some talented athletes on defense. The biggest thing was just the time it takes for the players to grasp the system. The guys are feeling more comfortable with what they're doing and having greater success as a result. I'm encouraged that they have responded so well, so quickly but not tremendously surprised.'

On Stanford's special teams
'We're putting a lot of time into special teams. The last two weeks our special teams have not hurt us in regard to field position. Early in the season, it was problematic, but it has improved.'

On Stanford's quarterback situation
'Kyle Matter is the starter right now. Chris Lewis is not 100% physically due to his injury. He has been out of full-time practice for a week and a couple of days. Chris has had limited repetitions during this time.'

On Stanford's running back situation
'Kenneth Tolon will probably get more snaps this week. He's been playing effectively, making people miss in the open field. He does have a burst to the outside. Kerry Carter continues to improve. He's a big physical running back. Mixing those two players, along with J.R. Lemon, and keeping everybody fresh will hopefully lead to more productivity across the board.'

On Oregon
'Oregon is a very talented group and was right in the running for a national championship early in the season. They've had a couple of tough outings against two very good teams the last couple of weeks.

Offensively, Oregon is a very potent group. Onterrio Smith is probably the best running back in the Pac-10. He's a dangerous guy every time he gets the football. He can physically break it up the middle; he can outdistance you in speed outside and he runs back kicks well. Jason Fife is a talented quarterback. He throws the ball well and makes good decisions. They have a host of receivers that have speed, can go deep, and catch the intermediate and short passes, and take them down the field after the catch.

Defensively, I've been very impressed with their inside linemen. Haloti Ngata and Igor Olshansky are big and physical guys that can run. David Moretti and Kevin Mitchell are very solid linebackers that move extremely well. Their defense backs have made a lot of interceptions.'

On preparing for the crowd noise at Oregon
'I've never been there before, but I am told that Oregon is one of the loudest places that some of our players have ever played in. We will go into the stadium this week during practice and crank up the white noise to help simulate the situation. We will also go through some snap count variations to ensure that our players are aware of what is being called. Any time you haven't been in that environment, it's best to prepare for it.'

On Luke Powell's ankle injury
'Luke Powell is as healthy as he's been this season. He may not be 100% yet, but he's close.'

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