Quotes From ASU Coach Dirk Koetter's Weekly Radio Show

Sept. 30, 2004

HIGHLIGHTS OF Dirk Koetter SHOW(aired 23 September 2004 before the Oregon State game)

Healey: You have to feel pretty good about the season so far as you enter Pac-10 play against Oregon State.

Koetter: I am not thinking about Iowa anymore, I am thinking about Oregon State. We have to make certain we have our head on straight. We've got to have the same kind of crowd support we had against Iowa.

Healey: How do you sense the focus of the kids this week, coming off a big win against Iowa?

Koetter: We've had a good week and they have practiced really well. I think we are making the right kind of progress.

Healey: What are the criteria you use to judge a practice?

Koetter: Just the tempo of practice, like how is the execution of what we are trying to do. It comes down to tempo and execution.

Healey: Two of the best passing attacks will have at it on Saturday. Dirk, how do the two passing attacks compare?

Koetter: They are very similar. Both teams try to pass the pass vertically and use the double tight end formation. I think you will see two teams that are very similar to each other.

Healey: Each team has a great passing combination, both Arizona State and Oregon State.

Koetter: Both Derek Anderson and Mike Hass are having a real nice season. Hass is a guy nobody wanted out of high school but walked on and became a great player. I like our guys too. Walter to Hagan is a great combination.

Healey: Two very good defenses will be on display this weekend. ASU limited Iowa to 100 yards and only 6 first downs. Oregon State has a strong defense as well and they are talented in every layer of their defense.

Koetter: Certainly, Tim, one of their best defensive players is their defensive end plus they have a very good secondary. They have returning corners. One of their players has started 31 games.

Healey: Coach, Andrew Walter was phenomenal against Iowa.

Koetter: Yes, he was and that all starts with protection up front. Our front 5 did a great job. It starts with protection and then it goes to Andrew making the right reads and then the receivers making the players at the other end.

Healey: What have been the key factors to the great protection Andrew has received in all 3 games?

Koetter: I just think those guys are playing well as a team. They are playing aggressively. They are trained to play for than one position. The guys have stepped up to play well.

Healey: We got a glimpse of Zach Miller's future on Saturday, what a great performance with a couple of touchdowns.

Koetter: He plays like that in every practice. It was just a matter of time until he broke out. In this particular game, the coverage worked out that Zach could get open.

Healey: What have been the other factors that have led to how well the defense has been playing these last 3 weeks?

Koetter: It has been the speed to which they have gotten to the ball, they are trusting eachother, every one has been doing their job, the linebacking play has been outstanding. Our secondary hasn't been tested like they will be tested in Pac 10 play.

HIGHLIGHTS OF Dirk Koetter SHOW(aired 16 September 2004 before the Iowa game)

Healey: Iowa has two wins this year how do the Hawkeyes look to you on tape, Coach?

Koetter: Well, they do everything well. They are well coached and they don't beat themselves. Let's face it, they play in a tough conference. They are breaking in a new quarterback this year and he looks really good.

Healey: Coach, to what degree does last year's game against Iowa motive your players this year?

Koetter: I think that is different for each player. The whole revenge factor comes into play. Let's face, we did not play well last year. Their crowd got into it when they got ahead. We look forward to a big crowd at Sun Devil Stadium this Saturday night.

Healey: Is it unusual for a JC transfer like Dale Robinson to be as big a contributor as he has been? He has played outstanding.

Koetter: I'd say that is correct. Dale was a highly recruited player out of high school. Chris McKenzie talked him out of CW Post and he enrolled at Glendale Community College. We are thankful for the relationship we have with the coaches at GCC.

Healey: Your linebackers have been making a lot of tackles, is that part of your defensive strategy?

Koetter: In a 4-3 defense, your linebackers are going to be your main tackling guys. Yes, that is somewhat by design.

Healey: Derek Hagan has 5 consecutive games over 100 yards.

Koetter: Derek is one of those guys who is a football player. He is great competitor, he knows how to get open. He is a playmaker. He can beat a guy over the top. Derek shows up when we need a big play.

The Sun Devils will travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks October 2 at 7:15 p.m.

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