Quotes From Coach Dirk Koetter Following Monday Afternoon's Practice

Sept. 6, 2004

On Northwestern this weekend'They lost a tough game. They lose 48-45 in double overtime, and their field goal kicker is one out of six, he missed some easy kicks. The quarterback for Northwestern (Brett Basanez) was fantastic, 39 out of 62 for over 500 yards. They were more of a shotgun, run the ball, quarterback run team. They totally put the ball in that quarterback's hands and told him to win the game with his arm, and he was very, very impressive.'On the secondary being challenged by the Northwestern offense'It is going to be a challenge for our whole defense. It is a similar plan to what we saw last week, just the triggerman is so much better. On the other side of the ball, Northwestern has two of their better players out. Loren Howard, of course, the young man from here in Phoenix, and they have one of their linebackers out. Their defense gave up a lot of yards, but they have some big strong guys in there. It is a Big Ten defense.'On Brent Miller getting his first touchdown last weekend. Is there some sibling rivalry there?'Well, we are so much deeper in the tight end than we ever have been before. It is a great situation to be in. Zach has gotten the publicity, and Brent has flown under the radar. Brent is continually getting better and better. Of course, he missed his whole freshman year with the knee injury. It is kind of ironic that he gets the first touchdown between the brothers.'On Jesse Ainsworth'He kicked four out of the eight kickoffs out of the end zone and made a 48 yard field goal. Jesse is really kicking the ball really well right now. We are glad that he is on our side. He got a lot stronger working out in the weight room. Also, he and his coaches worked on his mechanics. He cleaned up his mechanics a little bit. Mostly, he just got stronger. I think of a kicker like a golfer, a lot of it is confidence.'On a rough practice in the heat'Well, we have had two days off, so this is a workday for us and if we don't practice better than this, it is going to be a long weekend. We were bad today.'On the cornerbacks'Well again, our corners are going to be tested by better and better receivers as we get into Pac-10 play. I thought for the most part our corners played fine. Manny (Franklin) was the story of our secondary. I thought our other safeties, Josh Barrett, Maurice London, and Danny Varvel, all played well. This week we are going to get Riccardo Stewart back in there.'

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