Quotes From Dirk Koetter's Monday Press Conference
Sept. 18, 2006
'To begin with, I'll give you the players of the week. Our scout player for offense is Kyle Williams, freshman wide receiver and for defense is Chad Lindsey, a sophomore linebacker, and our special teams player of the week was [linebacker] Andy Howe. On offense we gave the award to [sophomore tailback] Keegan Herring. He played a nice game, averaged nine yards a carry. He played the best game of the season. It's nice to see him settle in. On defense we gave the ball to [junior cornerback] Justin Tryon. Justin played an outstanding overall game. He did a lot of good things on defense and special teams On special teams [junior wide receiver] Rudy Burgess was given the award. Rudy had a huge hit on that one punt that caused a fumble, we didn't get it. Considering Rudy didn't practice last week we were really happy he played; he played about 30 yards. The best effort award was given to [sophomore wide receiver] Mike Jones blocking that punt. Best hit was Rudy Burgess on that punt. The play of the game was Justin Tryon's tackle deep in the red zone, it appeared as if
We played very hard against
As far as
On stopping the run, especially tailback Marshawn Lynch...
'He [Lynch] can break tackles, you have to do a great job pursuing him. He can make guys miss tackles and can break them. He has a rare combination of speed and power. He go all the way on every play. You got to get a lot of guys around their and contain him. Our defense has been doing a great job of that lately but did give it up a couple times against
On the test that ASU's defense will have against
'This is a big test. The next three games not only have three of the best offenses in the conference, but also in the country.
On execution during games...
'Of all four turnovers during the
Rudy's a perfectionist and he's just got to get back to making better decision.'
On quarterback Nate Longshore of
'I am not familiar with him. He committed to
On rotating the ASU running backs:
'We are going to continue having a rotation over a starter. Look at
On Zach Miller and his touchdown:
'That was a beautiful catch. I didn't realize how pretty of a catch it was until I saw the film. Zach continues to impress me every week. He has a very solid game. We went to that bunch formation so that we could try to limit the number of players
On the wide receivers...
'We talked about four guys at the beginning of the season, [senior] Terry Richardson, [junior] Rudy Burgess, [sophomore] Mike Jones and [senior] Jamaal Lewis. We also had some other guys on a second level. Those other guys, primarily [sophomore] Nate Kimbrough and [freshman] Chris McGaha, have elevated their game. Both started because they are playing the best. Jamaal was suspended, we are now past that. Terry has been a little inconsistent Rudy [Burgess] was hurt last week and missed a lot of practice, but has been very consistent. Mike Jones had his best his best game against
On defensive end Dexter Davis...
'Dexter continues to get better week in and week out. He is always in position to make plays and gets off those blockers. He is very coachable. He puts the pressure on the quarterback and is in the right spot at the right time. For a redshirt freshman, we are very happy where he is at. He has made it tough for Tranell Morant or Loren Howard to beat him out. That would be great if they could because then we would be that much better.'
'After I left the
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