Quarterback Andrew Walter's Quotes From Monday's Press Conference
Nov. 1, 2004
On the mindset of the team right now:
'We're doing all right. When the season started, we were picked to finished seventh in the Pac-10. We have six wins right now and we're headed to a bowl game. We have two losses, one against the national champs, and the other against a top eight team. We have two starters in the offensive line out. We have three of our top four running backs out. The list goes on and on. We've done it with all things against us. On defense, we have R.J Oliver out. He's started more games than anybody. All things that we weren't supposed to do at the beginning of the season, we have already accomplished. A loss is a loss. It doesn't matter if it's by one point or one hundred. At the end of the season, they just count as one loss. We have a chance to be 10-2 at the end of the season. I think that's says a lot about what we have accomplished.'
On finishing the season strong:
'In season's past, we haven't finished as strong in this stretch of the season as we would have liked. So now, we have a chance to finish strong, to get some wins at the end of the season. Every win we get is a better bowl. They're [bowl games] all good. In location, San Diego [location of the Holiday Bowl] is a nice place versus some other places. Coach [Koetter] is right; we're going to take it one win at a time. That doesn't take away our opportunity to be 9-2.'
On any reason why ASU did not finish strong in years past:
'In the past, after we got beat, things may have gone downhill. Everybody's beat up and tired at this point in the season. Then when you get a loss, [things may continue to deteriorate]. I don't think that is the way it is this year. I don't think that is the kind of team we have. I don't think we would have beat UCLA if that was the kind of team we have. That just says after a loss that it doesn't matter. The game is over and it's behind us. Now everybody is going to come ready to go, because we have a great opportunity. We're going to finish strong at home. We're not going into the tank at all.'
On challenges posed by Stanford's 3-4 defense:
Honestly, I have not seen any tape. The difference between a 4-3 and a 3-4 is that the defense can give you some different looks. They bring one guy from either side to blitz. There are just so many combinations with the 3-4. It's just different that the 4-3. I don't know much past that, but I know that they can bring more combinations.'
On feelings about the offense:
'I feel good. We didn't play good; we just shot ourselves in the foot. We were able to move the ball, we got some good things going, but we just killed ourselves when we got into the red zone or with other turnovers. I feel fine. I know we're all upset, but like I said, the game is over. I'm just ready to get into next week.'
Impressions of Zach Miller:
'He's not a freshman anymore. Since his first catch, it was all over from there. He's going to have a lot more in his career. He definitely has never played like a freshman. There's so much he has done. Whether it's grasping the offense or blocking assignments, formations, defense, routes or adjustments. There's so much that he has learned. He's never been like a true freshman and he wasn't in high school when he came out. He's definatley not now.'
On instant replay in college football:
'I would like it. My personal opinion is `get the call right'. I don't care if it goes for you or against you. It depends on how they [NCAA] use it. If they implement it in a good way, I'm for it because all the work we [the players] put in in the off-season. There are just so many hours of work, blood, sweat and tears. You want them [referees] to get it [the call] right. You don't want human error to come into it.'
On the opening kickoff fumble against Cal:
'The fumble was right in front of me. I thought he was down. At that point in the game, you have to say forget it and go play. I didn't know about the touchdown either. Apparently, they [referees] missed that as well. With the position I'm in, I can't really question the officiating. They do the best they can just like we do. They're not going to make every call, just like we can't make every play.'
On feelings of Cal loss harder to overcome than the USC loss:
'Absolutely. As seniors, collectively, I'll say our chance to taste the Rose Bowl has come and gone. I suppose there is an outside chance, but we're not worried about that now. That's life. It's about responding to adversity. It's not hitting the floor it's how high you bounce once you hit it. We have three games left, plus a bowl game. That's all I have left in my Sun Devil career. So, I'm going to make it the best that I can make it. As a team we're going to finish strong.'
On frustration of the offense, scoring 48 points and then scoring zero:
'Like I said before, we killed ourselves. We had chances and we had scoring opportunities. We just didn't take advantage of them. It was just execution and losing the football. It was us killing ourselves. They [Cal] played a good game, so not to take anything away from them. We just killed ourselves all day. When it's your fault, you put the blame on yourself and move on. We moved the ball and I thought we had good play calls; good execution on some plays and on some drives. We just killed ourselves when we got into scoring position.
On turnovers in the Cal game:
'That was just inconsistency. They [turnovers] happen. You just don't want them to happen. You just try and focus and try to tighten down. I'm not going to dwell on it and I hope a lot of guys don't dwell on it either. You just say forget it and move on.'
On the upcoming election:
'It's much more important than anything we're talking about here. A lot of people have more worries to think about than how ASU did. We just play a game here; it's not life and death. In my opinion, politics and the direction of this country are a lot more important than what we're doing here. We [football] just provide a distraction from all that other stuff. A lot of guys are involved in politics. Guys are on either side. This team has a lot of respect for each other. We can agree to disagree. Guys come from different backgrounds. When you come together to reach a certain goal, which is to win football games, everything else just melts away.
On records being a distraction in the final games:
'No. Like I have always said those will come with wins and playing good. The only thing is that I have only four games left in my Sun devil career and I want to end on a great note. We may have a possible ten-win season which hasn't rolled around here in a long time. I know that would be great way to finish my career and it was one of my goals in coming back.'