Bronco praises coordinator: I have not been in a defensive meeting all camp
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall thinks the conditioning level of his team helped the Cougars defeat Washington 23-17. Mendenhall also spoke highly of his defensive coordinator Jaime Hill and praised the way his two quarterbacks are “working together.”
(on the two QB’s) "Right now, there is zero friction. And I think they are really sincere and authentic in how they are working together. It is an awesome thing. It is really fun for me to see. I don't think many places that can happen.”
"Jaime Hill, I thought he called a great game. A couple of the fourth down stops, and to get what he got out of our defensive players in the first game, I was really impressed with the job he did. I have not been in a defensive meeting all fall camp. So I have been focusing on special teams. So it was fun to be able to delegate completely, do something else, and have that side come through. So I am happy for the defense."
(on the team’s conditioning level)"I think it could have been, and maybe that contributed to, it looked like we played, in my opinion, we played with more energy. It looked like we held our conditioning, and gained momentum in the second half. That might have been attributed to how the first half ended. But it looked to me as the game went on that we were better conditioned. That's just my assumption. That's not belittlling our opponent. As I saw the momentum shifting, it looked like we were handling the pace at a higher level than our opponent. So I hope that comes out right."
(on coaching the kick-off team himself) "Absolutely. One of the reasons that I am coaching the kickoff team, and structuring the special teams emphasis, was knowing that we are going to need it, because of our relative youth. I don't know how fast we can get our execution to go, so field position has to be something we win. And I think that played out today, just from an overall execution."
BYU is on the road the next two weeks....at Air Force and at Florida State.
Navy coach blames himself, explains situations
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo blames himself for the decision to go for the win.
Following the 17-14 loss, Niumatalolo said, "It was probably a bad call on my part to go for it at the end. The biggest fault was my fault. We could have kicked and put it into overtime and see what happens. Bad decision.”
"Everyone in the country knows what we're going to do. It's not like it's been a new deal," Niumatalolo said. "He did it on another one and scored. He was ready to score another one when he fumbled. There's no secret what we're going to do. We're going to put the ball in our best player's hands and live with it."
Navy ran 82 plays compared to Maryland's 39 plays. The Midshipmen outgained the Terps 485 to 272 yards.
Niumatalolo added, "They beat us in a lot of facets. Special teams-wise I thought they got after us, they won the turnover battle and we struggled early with stopping the run. You have to give Maryland the credit. Maryland got it done. They made plays to win the game."
As far as the clock mismanagement at the end of first-half, quarterback Ricky Dobbs took the blame.
Dobbs said, “After that moment right there, I became unaware of everything I had been told just before. Coach told us right before, if you don't have anything, throw it out of bounds and we'll kick a field goal. I definitely lost focus right there. Instinct took over and got the best of me."
Niumatalolo explained, "The one at the end of the half killed us. Ricky knows. He's got big shoulders. And the one at the end was my fault. That's on me."
Navy returns to action this Saturday when the Midshipmen host Georgia Southern.
Randy Shannon: The key to the Ohio State game is the first quarter
Talking on the Joe Rose Radio Show this morning, Randy Shannon said he is not building up the underdog story to his team as the Hurricanes get ready to play at Ohio State.
The “us against the world” mentality isn’t part of Shannon’s plan.
Shannon said, “No. Our guys are a little more experienced. Our thing is we talk about ourselves. If our guys stay focused on the big picture of improving as a football team each week, we’ll be fine.”
“Ohio St is Ohio St. They are going to run the football. We know it and we’ve been preparing for it. You just gotta play sound defense. You can’t really put one guy on Terrell Pryor. We have to believe and trust in each other.”
“Is it the only game we worry about? No. The key is where we finish at the end of the year. We have to use our experience and maturity.”
“The key to the game is the first quarter. If it’s a tough game in the first quarter, then it’s going to be a tough game.”
Miami at Ohio State kicks-off at 3:40 pm EST on ESPN. You can see the entire Week #2 TV Schedule right here.
The best coaching performances of the week
The first edition of the 2010 Game Changing Coaches presented by Family Relocation has been unveiled.
Every Tuesday during the season, we recognize the coaches involved in the most outstanding coaching performances from the past weekend. This is our third year of this award winning series.
This year, we are very proud to have Family Relocation, rated the #1 moving company in the country by coaches wives, as the title sponsor of Game Changing Coaches.
Family Relocation has been helping coaches move for nearly 100 years. Regardless of how far you’re moving or where you live, if you want your move to be handled professionally, trust the team at Family Relocation. You and your family will be glad to you did.
See the coaches we have recognized for Week #1 right here.
Tuesday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Urban Meyers says it wasn’t a beauty pageant: “I think we had to do what we had to do to find a way to win that game. It wasn’t a beauty pageant. If it was, we would have lost. But we had to find a way to win that game. Everybody saw what we saw – it was a mess. Balls on the ground, lack of perimeter blocking and just the mechanics of the game. […] I give our staff a plus on that; I give us a minus on other things, but a plus on that.”
“I’d say the number one disappointment was ball security, number two was blocking the edge. That’s going to solve a lot of problems when we get that cleaned up. The good thing is, we can.”
Brent Venables talks about Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel: "He's a great leader of his quarterbacks. He’s got a great demeanor about him, great disposition, and his players emulate that and are a reflection on him."
"He understands that in order to play well ... there's an investment. There's a process to it, and you can't cheat the process.
"Josh is the classic example of that. He is a self-made guy. He's a believer in that. That's not something he learned out of a manual."
Lane Kiffin talks about his defensive backups: “When our backups went in, what happened? Four plays, 76 yards; seven plays, 68 yards. A minute, fifty-eight and two minutes, 35 seconds. I’d just rather they continue to improve on the technique and our fundamentals, and hopefully keep our guys healthy so we have those guys (the starters) out there.”
Kyle Whittingham on if Utah is being overlooked: "That's how we like it. We don't mention it to our team. We don't worry about anything that we can't control. We can control going out and playing our best football every week. We don't use that other stuff as a motivational tool or anything of that sort. We are just going about our business."
(if he’ll finish his career at Utah) "It's a great place to work and I get asked that question often. I think this is one of the best jobs in the country. But this profession is so volatile, so you never know what's on the horizon. But I can say without a doubt that I am very happy here."
(any aspirations to coach in the NFL?) "My dad [Fred] was an NFL guy [an assistant with the Rams and Raiders]. It always has intrigued me. I have friends in the NFL, like Andy Reid with the Eagles. ? So, who knows, maybe down the road."
Houston Nutt talks about going forward: "What's important to me is how are we going to get better. How are we going to respond now? When you get hit in the stomach like that and things don't go the way you want them to, it's about how you approach it in practice. That's the thing about this game. It's a tremendous teacher, a lot like life. Things aren't always going to go right or as you planned. It's how you respond, your attitude and how you get back up."
"It was a tremendous learning experience. Painful, but a learning experience."
UTEP head coach Mike Price pleased with defense: "I loved seeing the number 10 underneath the visitor's score," Price said. "We haven't seen that in a while (actually 2008 against SMU). ... There was no doubt in anybody's mind our defense wasn't improving and the defense did improve as the game went on. In the first quarter they had 122 yards, in the second quarter they had 93, in the third they had 53, in the fourth they had 22."
"Our defense only missed nine tackles, that's very unusual, very low. Usually when you’re under 15, under 20, that's good. If we can do that against Houston we'll be in great shape."
Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawsom reflects on 30-27 loss at Troy:
Chris Petersen: Game one...and that's what it is.
Following Boise State's thrilling 33-30 come-from-behind win, head coach Chris Petersen kept his emotions totally together with ESPN reporter Heather Cox.
All that Petersen would say is, "Game one...and that's what it is. We still got a lot of things to clean up. We have a ways to go."
Boise State outgained Virginia Tech 384 to 315 yards. Despite the loss of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in the off-season (Tennessee), the Broncos limited Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams to 42 yards on 21 carries.
Boise State's new defensive coordinator is Pete Kwiatkowski. What a night for Boise State and the Broncos' fans!
The Broncos are off next weekend, before traveling to Wyoming on September 18th.
Ralph Friedgen: It's a matter of wanting it more. Our kids persevered today.
Maryland just stuffed Navy on 4th & goal from inside the 1-yard line with under 30 seconds to play to defeat the Midshipmen 17-14.
Immediately following the gutsy effort from his team, Ralph Friedgen said, “You won’t believe this, but we discussed that play. They had had success running it.”
Maryland was able to get penetration and stuff Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs after a quick fake to the fullback.
Friedgen added, “I told our kids the difference in 2-10 and 10-2 is a matter of wanting it more. There’s going to be an ebb & flow in every game. Our kids persevered today.”
Navy outgained Maryland in total offense 485 to 271 yards.
Maryland will return to action on Saturday when the Terps will host Morgan State.
Dooley on Oregon offense: Nobody ever stops 'em
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley had high praise for the Oregon offense during Monday’s press conference.
Dooley said, “Them (Oregon) and Bama...the 2 best running back combinations you’ll see in the country. Nobody ever stops ‘em. You just gotta slow ‘em down. Try to be sound fundamentally. Try to get some breaks here and there. Try to play well on offense.”
“These guys (Oregon) are good because they believe in their system. They have very good coaches and they have phenomenal players. And so it doesn’t matter what you run, when you have those combinations, you’re going to be pretty good on offense.”
“They are the Pac-10 champs, and you see why. When they go on a 10-play drive, it takes about 2 minutes. When we go on a 10-play drive, it may take us a quarter, which is fine with me.”
"If they (Tennessee players) look at the film and they get over-confident, then we have a bigger problem. We have an intelligence issue we gotta deal with. If I gotta worry about that this week, then we got biggest problems than you guys can ever imagine."
(recapping win over UT-Martin) “My biggest concern to start the game was how we managed our anxiety. It was important that we didn’t go out there and lose focus and do some things that seem simple day-to-day, but they don’t look so simple on game day. That’s what I was most pleased with in the beginning.”
“We controlled the vertical field position of the game.”
Oregon at Tennessee is set for 7:00 pm EST on ESPN 2. You can see the entire Week 2 TV Schedule right here.