Tuesday's Press Conference Quotes
Oct. 5, 2004
Stanford football head coach Buddy Teevens addressed the media about his 2004 team and its nationally-televised game on NBC at Notre Dame this Saturday, October 9 (1:30 pm, EST; 11:30 am, PDT).
'It was good to get a win over Washington, and we're looking forward to playing Notre Dame this Saturday.'
On The Upcoming Game Against Notre Dame
'It's certainly an important game. Going out in front of a nation-wide audience and playing in a special place that is historic like Notre Dame is big. We want to play solid football and improve on areas that we were a little bit short on last Saturday. We want to put together a good game plan and execute this weekend.'
On Facing Notre Dame Following Last Year's 57-7 Loss To The Irish
'Our team is full of forward thinking people, and players that work towards their goals and ambitions. I think this is the same situation. Notre Dame is a very good football team and is very well coached. They do a great job offensively and defensively, and are solid on special teams. Our guys respect that and are aware that we need to play a good football game to beat them.'
On Whether There Is Any Benefit To Having Played A Washington Team That Also Played Notre Dame Earlier This Season
'Not really. You can compare a little, and what we've seen is a steady improvement from them. Brady Quinn is developing into an outstanding quarterback. They are very solid on defense. They're seasoned and caused some problems for us last year. They pressure the quarterback well and get off the block.'
On The Success Of The Stanford Defense This Season
'I think the scheme has been helpful. (Defensive coordinator) A.J. Christoff has done a nice job and the transformation from a 4-3 to a 3-4 alignment has been productive. The guys feel good about what they're doing and like being put in a position to make plays. They've allowed their athleticism to make those plays.'
On The Challenges That Notre Dame Presents
'They are a big physical team that is aggressive on both sides of the football. It will be a different type of challenge to play a big physical team in their own backyard.'
On Playing The Team's First Game Away From Home This Season
'We're looking forward to it. It will be good to play in a place as storied as Notre Dame and the guys have a sense of the history when it comes to playing there. There's a level of excitement around here. We've enjoyed playing at home for this stretch, but there's a lot of excitement surrounding the trip.'
On A Purdue Team That Beat Notre Dame Last Week
'They're a really good team. Their quarterback throws the ball all over the place, and they run really well. I played against them when I was coaching at Illinois a few years ago, and this is as good of a Purdue team as I've seen. All the components have come together. They have got some real firepower this year.'
On The Notre Dame Offense
'I think they have confidence in (quarterback) Brady Quinn to throw the ball, and they're protecting him well. But they have talented running backs and a physical offensive line as well, so I think they'll mix and match running the ball with throwing it.'
On The Play Of Quarterback Trent Edwards
'Trent's biggest critic is himself. He is too hard on himself, but he's a perfectionist and I admire that. He's a young guy, and he's going through some things. He'll make great plays, which he's done frequently for us. If it's a bad play on his part, he'll admit it. He holds himself to a much higher degree of accountability than most people. If you look at the numbers, he threw the ball well most of the time against Washington. He was very disappointed following the game, but he'll continue to develop. He's a great competitor, and we're very happy with his progress.'
On The Play Of Linebacker Kevin Schimmelmann
'He's a tough guy. He throws his body around and plays with a physical abandon. He's a very intelligent guy, and a very unselfish player. He has good make-up speed. He's been very solid for us. Sometimes, we take for granted how good a football player he is because he does it so well all the time.'
On The Play Of Running Back J.R. Lemon
'His success is a combination of his running and the play of the offensive line. (Offensive line coach) Steve Morton has done a great job with the guys up front. They are coming off the ball well and have played together for two years, so I think there are more seams emerging. (Running backs coach) Jay Boulware has done an excellent job with J.R. as well. His vision has improved, and he's running much more physically. He's very confident and he's breaking tackles, which is a huge thing for us. The fact that we're able to throw the football is another reason that our running game has had some success. '
On The Play Of Linebacker Jon Alston
'He was in a backup role in the 4-3 alignment, and now he's a starter in the 3-4. His pass rush and abilities to cover people with his speed have really helped us. Personnel-wise, we thought the move to a 3-4 would help the defense overall, and the transition has gone smoothly and rapidly.'
On Free Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe
'Schematically, we put guys out there that are playmakers, and he's one of them. He has an eye for the ball, and he understands the flow of an offense. He also studies the game, and I've seen a lot of that from him this year. He's preparing himself every week. Athletically, he's a tough guy. He's a very physical player, and he loves to play the game. It's a nice combination to play with reckless abandon but to be under control and play intelligently.'