Coach and Player Quotes from 2009 Pac-10 Football Media Day

July 30, 2009

UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel

Opening Statement:
'We are very excited about the upcoming season. Since I got the [head coaching] job 18 months ago I think we are a much more athletic team. I think we are stronger and a little bit more physical, but we are still relatively inexperienced. So, we will have to get through that and grow up quickly. We will need the leadership from guys like Reggie Carter, one of our captains. We need to get our youngsters to play above their years. We are headed on the right path and the work ethic is exactly where it needs to be to rise to the ranks of this great conference. I believe that great things are in store for our program.'

On the Pac-10 becoming more of a running conference than a passing conference:
'I have always felt that the offenses have been creative and explosive. I don't necessarily mean that to be just the passing. USC's heisman trophy winners were running backs up until quarterback Carson Palmer I believe. There have been some great running backs at all of the universities.'

On quarterback Kevin Prince:
'I think he is very composed. He is wise beyond his years. He's got all the physical things you look for. He can stand in the pocket. His arm is dangerous. He can make all the different throws. He's got a great grasp of the offense. I believe he is going to give us a chance to exploit all places on the field.'

On playing against an SEC team this season at Tennessee:
'We are very proud of our conference. The SEC is very proud of their history. Their fan support is there and they are great games for college football. It's going to be a great game for us to grow up with. It's a hostile environment. It's a big time college football stage for us to play on.'

UCLA linebacker Reggie Carter

On the upcoming season:
'We are excited. We have worked hard this summer and I think we have really come together as a team as far as playing together. We really play for each other so we are really excited about the upcoming season.'

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