Post-Practice Quotes from Rudy Carpenter

Dec. 19, 2007

On playing Texas:
'Texas is obviously a storied program. They've got four national championships. Obviously they got one in the Rose Bowl a couple of years ago. They're a really good team. It's going to be fun to play a team with the great amount of tradition that they have. I think it's going to be exciting for us.'

On whether he is interested in finding out his status in regard to the NFL Draft:
'To be honest with you, I think everybody is interested on where they stand at the next level. That's probably one of every one's goals that we all have in common here, besides winning at ASU. But I think right now we're all focused on playing against Texas in the Holiday Bowl and working on getting better for next year.'

On who stands out to him on Texas' defense:
'They got a guy named Marcus Griffin, he plays safety for them. He's a pretty good player. He's fast, big, strong, physical. They also got a middle linebacker, [Rashad] Bobino, he's a very good player too. He's a fast guy, plays real hard. So, those two guys really stick out to me. They've got a good defense.'

On if Texas reminds him of any team they faced this season:
'I think it's a lot different than anybody we've faced in the Pac-10. I think maybe Colorado you could compare them to a little bit. That's probably the most comparable team. But we'll see as the game goes on. They've got a lot of time to prepare too, so they could have some new wrinkles in for us. You never know.'

On offensive coordinator Rich Olson:
'Coach Olson, he's a good coach. He's an interesting guy in how he deals with us. He coaches us a lot, he gives a lot of suggestions, but he gives us a lot of room to figure some stuff out for ourselves as well, just as far as technique, mechanics and certain things. He's real supportive. I like Coach Olson.'

On having Coach Olson on the field instead of in the press box:
'It's different for me, because I'm used to having the offensive coach up in the booth. So it's interesting because sometimes you want to see from the higher angle what's going on, but then I think Coach Olson and I can relate to each other more during the game, because we're seeing the same things from that field level. It's been interesting thus far, but I think it's been working out for us.'

On the similarities between Olson and Coach Dennis Erickson:
'I think that's a fun thing about this coaching staff is that they're all different from each other. They're fun to be around.'

On how the layoff before the bowl game has helped him physically:
'It's been good. Not only for my thumb, but for my shoulder, my elbow, my legs, just everything, to get my body back together. Obviously, it was a little rough this season, so it gave me some time to heal up a little bit. The time off is also good not just physically, but mentally too just to get away from it for a little while and unwind, and now get back into it again. Football is a stressful sport sometimes, especially when you play my position, so it's one of those things where you need a little bit of a break sometimes.'

On how he evaluates his play this season:
'I thought it was good. I don't think we always played good on offense or we always really executed the way that we should execute, but I think the one thing we did do was we made plays when we had to make plays. We weren't always consistent, which those are all things we can work on for next year. But when I look back on it, I think we did some good things. I think I also personally missed a few opportunities on some big plays or some touchdowns that we could have hit, so these will all be things that we'll be working on.'

On the play of his receiving corps this season:
'Those guys put in a lot of work this year. I think we were all disappointed from the year we had before. So they put in a lot of work just to try to get on the same page. It's also hard because we're learning a new offense on top of being inconsistent and having a down year the year before. I think what's going to be fun is next year when we can really spend a lot of time together and we can really put in a much larger bulk of this offense. I think that's really when we can see where this team can go.'

On the potential of the receiving corps next season with losing only Rudy Burgess:
'We've got players who can fill in for him. Kerry Taylor is a true freshman who got some playing time and just got some experience. Kyle Williams, Mike Jones, Chris McGaha, everybody back, it's going to be good for us. Then we've got to get some guys better, like Brandon Smith, who's a burner for us, he just wasn't healthy all year, so we'll see.'

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