Quotes From Rudy Carpenter's Weekly Press Conference
Nov. 3, 2008
On the Oregon State game:
'I thought we played better than we have in previous weeks. I think it's good to see that guys are still playing hard, still fighting and still trying to get wins.'
On the team's struggles in the red zone:
'To be honest with you, I really think it's just us; we kill ourselves, whether we don't complete a pass when we need to, whether we get a penalty, and we've also struggled running the ball down there. I think it's just a mixture of everything on offense that's been going on all year. It's extremely frustrating, especially when you lose a game by two points. We probably had more opportunities than they did. We got down there a lot, and we just couldn't score, had to settle for field goals. It's frustrating because we know that we leave a lot of points out there every week.'
On if crowd noise contributed to the problems with false starts against Oregon State:
'I've played up there before when I thought the crowd was louder. I thought it was loud, but we've played in louder places before. So we went with a silent count, like we've always done, mostly on third downs when we were in the shotgun. We still had procedure penalties, even when we were under center. The first play of the game, we had a procedure penalty. I don't know if I would really attribute it to the crowd noise, but I'm sure it had something to do with it.'
On if there is concern about overlooking Washington:
'I would hope not. We haven't gotten a win in six weeks. We obviously have a good opportunity to play a team and try to get back in the win column. I hope guys aren't overconfident. They don't have a reason to be overconfident if they are. Our team has lost has six straight games. Hopefully guys will prepare themselves this week like they would any other week, just keep fighting and trying to get back in the win column.'
On Shaun DeWitty's play against Oregon State:
'That's one of our better performances in how ever many weeks on our offense, so obviously you can see that it helped. I've always thought, from two springs ago, that Shaun has been capable of being that type of back. He's just battled some injuries and never really been healthy to be on the field the whole time. Obviously with some of the things that have gone on this year, with Dimitri [Nance] being a little banged up, and Keegan [Herring] as well, he got his first opportunity. I think Shaun is a good back, and I think he's good at what he did last week, which is pound the ball and get what he can. Then, he'll hit one every now and then. Obviously he's not going to be a speed guy, but I think Shaun is good for our offense that we have right now. It was good to see him play well, and I'm sure he'll continue to do that.'
On if Coach Erickson's attempts to get the team to have more fun and relax helped last week:
'Coach has been mixing it up for us during the week, trying to get us to just relax a little bit and have more fun. When we were up in Corvallis, we went to a movie on Friday night. So he's trying to do some different things. Obviously, though, I don't care what anyone says, it's not fun when you're losing. I think we'll have more fun once when we can get winning again.'
On if Washington is looking at this game as an opportunity to get a win:
'I'm sure. They're going to be at home. It's probably going to be colder than we're used to, and probably some rain. Obviously because we're 2-6 and haven't won in six weeks, they probably feel that this is a good possibility to get their first win. So I'm sure they are going to be ready, and that's why we need to be ready. Hopefully it will go our way.'
On what Shaun DeWitty's blocking ability means to him:
'The thing about Shaun is that he's able to do everything we need. He can block for us. He can run for us. We can leave him in there as an every-down back, so it makes us less predictable. To have Shaun in there as an every-down back, I think it makes a big difference. As far as the pass protection goes, it definitely helps. Shaun is a 230-pound back, so it's easier for him to pick up linebackers and defensive ends.'