Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Published: Wednesday, 08 September 2010 08:20
Some interesting notes & quotes from around the country:
LSU vs. Oregon to kick-off 2011: The LSU-Oregon game in Cowboys Stadium has been slotted for a prime time kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 on either ESPN or ABC.
San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre calls Bama ‘best I’ve ever seen’: "I would say that's the best college football team I've ever been on the field against in all my years of college coaching, talent-wise, top to bottom. Now, I don't know if they'll win every game or not, but talent-wise and size and speed and athleticism, they're pretty phenomenal."
Neuheisal says Chow didn’t call his top 2-point play: "You always plan for your 2-point play in advance, and you usually have a list of two, three plays. Norm had on his list a play above the play we called, but we had called that play in a previous game on a 2-point play, and he just thought, `You know what? They'll have looked at that one, so I'm going to the next one."
Nebraska OC Shawn Watson describes offense: "When I first came here, everybody wanted to be an option team. Well, people, we are. We are. We are an option team. What happens with this (shotgun) aspect of it, they take away the quarterback, they're giving you the back. If they take away the back, they're giving you the quarterback. And we know that.”
"The other part of that is that we wanted to make sure we maintain touches for our tailbacks. So that's why we're not exclusively that and we wanted to keep multiplicity. Now if we want to dial up runs and just want to pound the ball, we can do that because we have that in our system."
Brian Kelly describes offense against Purdue: "It was really an installation fest if you will where you’re putting all these plays in and you got them all in and you go ‘Okay, what are we really good at?’ And the Purdue game gave us an indication of that and we’re certainly not there yet. We’re going to need some more time but that’s kind of what I’m at in terms of the individuals themselves and going to what we think their strengths are."
Quoting Dave Wannstedt: "We're a balanced offense. For us to win games and score points on offense -- you have to throw to score points and run the ball to win games. It is a very touchy situation when you have a young quarterback, three new offensive linemen, a new receiver in there and a new tight end."
Army head coach Rich Ellerson says he would have gone for the win like Navy: "I said, 'I would have done it.' I've been watching those guys play for 1,000 years and I've never seen them stopped on a quarterback follow. If that's me against Eastern Michigan, I would have done the same thing because we were running the ball so well. I would be thinking, 'They are going to stop us for less than a yard, are you kidding me?' "
Quoting Tommy Tuberville: “Well, we won’t press them. The biggest thing about coaching is knowing how fast you can go. I thought the coaches did a good job of being pretty vanilla on both sides. Even last week, they cut back 20, 25 percent on offense, defense and special teams."
“We’re going to change some starters in some positions. We’re going to change some starters in special teams. We’ll be a different team this week. We just want to execute better and really not worry about who we play.”
“We’ve got to protect (Potts) better. He got hit nine times yesterday. If you think about it, with as many times as we throw and as much as they blitz, you’re going to get hit some.”
Doc says Marshall needs to beat WVU to make it a rivalry: "We need to win the game at some point. For it to be a rivalry, we have to go win that game. That's what we have to do. We have to get that done."
Kevin Sumlin thanks Mike Price: "He took a chance on me. I learned everything from him. He's an unbelievable communicator. He has a great touch with players, can handle all types of situations."
"At that time, Washington State was the basis of one-back football. Very few teams were doing it. I learned that offense and all the principles that go along with it. "