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Lunch time Coaches Quick Hits

Some interesting quotes from around the country:

 

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill has surgery: "My situation is not serious. It was not cancer-related, but I didn't have a choice. I went in on Friday and was out on Saturday. I missed Friday, Saturday and Sunday practices. I came to practice (Monday) anyway, even though I wasn't supposed to."

 

Bill Stewart says Bowden talked to team: “The biggest change that we need to see is the elimination of mistakes. When coach Bobby Bowden came to speak to our players last week, it was all about the elimination of mistakes. That really hit home. You just can’t let players make mistakes. We didn’t have a lot last week, but what we had needs to be cleaned up.”

“I liked the way our team flew around and I liked almost everything I saw last weekend. However, I saw a little touchdown celebration on Sunday while watching tape that I didn’t care too much for. If we have to kick off from the 15 yard line after someone’s disco moves, then I am going to be a little bit tougher.”

 

Mark Dantonio doesn’t want Spartans to overlook FAU: "Don't get caught looking ahead. I'm quite confident that we won't let that happen. I'll go back to what coach Perles says, 'They all count as one.'

"They'll come to play. We better be able to respond."

 

Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor emphasizing physical football: "No matter how many times you decide you're going to throw it or run it in the game, and sometimes you know ahead of time and sometimes you don't, but you've got to be physical. We've said that from the first day. I know I've probably used that word too many times when you guys have asked. The easiest way, and the way people think about it the most, is running the ball.”

"And when you're in a situation where you're being successful running the ball, then there's no reason to stop calling them. I believe that it is an attitude that builds for your whole team. I'm hoping offensively we can help affect the way the whole team plays when we have games like that."

 

Army head coach Rich Ellerson compliments Eastern Michigan: "Well, somehow and some way we get to be 1-0 this week. It was a hard-fought football game that we were very, very fortunate to win. It speaks to the power of the turnover, which was probably the thing we did best: take the ball away. We were better, but Eastern Michigan was much better as well. They actually improved dramatically through the course of last season, and through the course of the offseason. Defensively, they have made some changes. They were a very sound and very well-coached outfit. It was a hard-fought game and we were fortunate to win.”

“Frankly, we don't feel great about how we played defensively last week. Our defensive guys were visibly distraught. They have high expectations for themselves, and they didn't feel like they played well; and they were right. I don't think I coached especially well. I think we may have tried to be a little bit too clever. We were having a hard time getting our eyes and feet right, which is something you try to do for your team. We have a relatively veteran defense, and I think we have put them on their heels a little bit.”

 

Pat Fitzgerald disappointed with offensive line: "We gave up 11 tackles for loss which is the most we've given up in a long time. On about half of those we targeted the wrong person so we had someone free on the perimeter, which was a little disappointing. We missed some assignments, we had a couple finishing issues, we knew a few times they were going to knife underneath us on the perimeter and we allowed it to happen. There were just some things we had breakdowns on but we didn't see anything we weren't prepared for. We thought maybe we over-prepared them with the whole offseason, we studied every game and probably got them prepared for too much. At the end of the day, we learned from them and we coached them up today, so we'll improve on it this week."

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