Kansas Football Press Conference Quotes (Nov. 13)
Nov. 13, 2007
Football Press Conference Quotes
Nov. 13, 2007
Head Coach Mark Mangino
On the win over
"Obviously it was a good win for us on the road in
On the upcoming matchup with
On the dangers of
"First of all, they're not making a lot of mistakes. They are playing aggressive football. They are getting some play from the running back position and Meyer is getting the ball to his receivers. They are much, much improved from the beginning of the season. That's what you look for when you are a new head coach and that's something they are doing."
On dealing with increased media requests:
"It's becoming pretty demanding with requests for players and coaches. I will handle all that I can handle, up to the point where it's going to have an affect on my preparation for the game. You have to draw the line somewhere. We try to be accommodating, but we have to keep in mind that we have players that have to go to meetings, have practice, have classes, have weightlifting, they have a lot demands on them. We are trying to accommodate everybody the best we can, but it's going to be impossible for all the requests that we have. For me personally, I do what I can and I don't let anything interrupt my preparation for the game."
On Todd Reesing earning the nickname "Sparky":
"When he came in the first spring, he was full of energy and everything, but he needed it channeled a little bit. He needed some structure. But you could see that he was a guy that could make plays and would make plays for us. I can't put my finger on a single moment that it happened, but we kind of just made a remark that he's a bit of a spark plug and it caught on from there."
On accommodating for Todd's height:
"I think we do things with him that we would do if our quarterback was six-three or six-four. You don't see us doing anything to match his size. I think whoever the quarterback is here would have to do the same thing. We believe in it. We do work to his strengths in certain routes and certain situations, but we didn't say that here is a quarterback who fits Todd's height, that's not the case."
On Brandon McAnderson's chances of playing in the NFL next season:
On having to keep the players grounded with all their success:
"No I haven't. I have never had to say anything about their demeanor. It's been good. It's been great working with the kids. As I said before, they're smart, they're focused and they know what is at stake each and every week."
On Reesing being mentioned as a Heisman candidate:
"That's fine. Anytime they mention one of our kids with personal honors I'm excited about it. But that's not what propels us and that's not what propels Todd. I think winning is the thing the kids want to do most because that's something that every kid on the team is invested in. The more success our team has the more opportunities there are for individual honors. If they win them, it would be awesome, but that's just not what motivates us. It's winning more than anything.
On Reesing being able to keep down his interception total:
"He's smart. He understands where the receivers are and he understands where the defenders are and how they are going to play it. That's something you need from a good quarterback. He understands what coverage the defense is going to be in; whose responsible for certain area's in zone; if it's man, where the leverage points are going to be; he understands that very well. He's willing to just improve himself. That's the type of mentality that he has."
Players of the Week:
Special Teams: Scott Webb
Scout Offensive: Ryan Murphy
Scout Defensive: Patrick Dorsey
Junior Defensive End John Larson
"We figure we probably get everybody's best shot anyways.
On their offensive talent:
"Brett Meyer is a household name, (Todd) Blythe is a household name. These guys are good players in the Big 12, so we'll definitely look forward to getting after them. They can compete. They've got different looks that they can give you and we'll just work hard this week to prepare for them."
On the difficulty of Week 10 vs. Week 2 of the season:
"There's definitely more people talking about KU football, but really, nothing has changed from our day-to-day. I still go to class, I still come out to the practice field and it's all the same. The practice field is still right out back and nothing really has changed for our preparation. It is nice to get recognition and I don't think it's really fully hit us yet. It's nice being 10-0, but we realize we still have work to do. We're excited, but at the same time, ready to get after it this next weekend."
On the KU football program being recognized in November at a "basketball school":
"It is definitely nice. We work hard all year round and to finally get recognition for that work and translate that work into wins is definitely something that you look forward to all year. You talk about it in preseason (being undefeated) and that's definitely one of our goals, but to have that as an actual thing is very enjoyable and satisfying for us."
On having few penalties and turnovers on the season:
"We have a bunch of really smart guys that understand the fundamentals of football. Offense has done an excellent job of taking care of the ball. Todd's gone a hundred-and-some-odd passes without an interception and that's absolutely great. Our defense being able to sit on the sideline, catch our breath, be able to make adjustments or whatever we need to do really makes our job easier when we can get breathers and win the turnover margin."
Junior Wide Receiver Dexton Fields
On Todd Reesing's progression through the season and talk of him as a Heisman candidate:
"I think he's more poised. You have to be in Big 12 play, but he's seeing things a lot better. They're giving us a lot of looks now because we can do more than one thing. I can understand the reference to him as a candidate because you have to look at the numbers he's put up. He's putting up similar numbers to some of the candidates they already have, so I wouldn't say it's mind-boggling. It's kind of surprising to have a
"They've been staying at it. When you expect to win every game and it doesn't happen, some people give up, but they obviously came in ready to play the past two weeks and they've been on a two-game winning streak against some good teams in the Big 12."
On KU's lack of penalties:
"Coach is putting us in positions to make plays during practice. We practice every day on some of the same plays that we run. That's how it works out in the end. In the game, we don't have to worry about who we block on this play or that play. You have to answer quick or you may be in a dogfight."
Senior Tight End Derek Fine
On being 10-0:
"It's great. It always feels good to win, because you never want to lose. It is indescribable the feeling that we are having. We are still happy with our success, but staying level-headed with everything. I think everyone is pretty level-headed and we are all on the same page. We all talk and are good friends. We have the same goal and focus and that is to win each week."
On being "hunted" by other teams because of KU's success:
"I think that happens. That is a part of success and I think all of the guys have handled it really well. I think we still try to stay as the `hunter' and go into each game without leaving anything to chance."
On consistently regaining the lead after falling behind:
"I think it has a lot to do with the things we do on the practice field. Whenever things go bad, the coaches jump all over us. I think that is an attitude that we have developed as a team. Whenever something goes wrong, we just have to keep going and not let it affect you, because we still have more game to play."
Sophomore Safety Darrell Stuckey
On if he's enjoying the team's success and national exposure:
"It's enjoyable, especially noticing that our team has been recognized as an elite team in the nation."
On being 10-0:
"It means that we are in the chase to be the best in the nation. We have an opportunity to show what we have everyday and what we are capable of. I feel like we are a team that is capable of more than people give us credit for. We go out there everyday and we become a better team."
"They are a great team. They can throw a lot of different things at you. (Todd) Blythe is one of the nation's best wide receivers. He is one of those guys that is aggressive, just like (Jordy) Nelson and (Bobby) Purify. They have the potential to be a very great team and be very dangerous. They are going to go out there and give us their best shot. They do not have anything to lose and they are getting better every week. They are a team that has found their identity as the season has progressed. They have a new coach and I think he is doing a great job down there. He is showing them how to play hard the whole game and that is what makes a team a dangerous team to play."
"We are not flawless or perfect. We make errors just like anybody else and there is always room for improvement. So yes, there is always room for us to play better, but I am satisfied with our W's."
Sophomore Quarterback Todd Reesing
On if he is enjoying the notoriety:
"I'm trying to. It has been a fun ride. Things are unbelievable around here. The atmosphere is awesome in
On handling the success:
"Our approach week-in and week-out has not changed, even with the success. We have not changed our focus and we still know what we have to do. We are not practicing any different and we are not preparing any different. The coaches keep us focused on the task at hand. We are not going to change our attitude or the way we approach things because of the success we are having."
On becoming a Heisman candidate:
"If they want to talk about it, then that is great. To even be mentioned for an award like that is unbelievable. I'm not worried about it, because all I can do is get ready for this next game and play as best I can. If things like that at the end of the season happen, then that would be tremendous and unbelievable, but I'm not really worried about awards right now."
On if the
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"They are on a two-game winning streak and they have won some big games. They have turned their season around. They are playing their best football of the year, and they would love nothing more than to come here, to our house, and put a downer on our season. We have to come out this week and practice hard because they are going to come in here as a hungry football team and try to upset us. We are going to do what we have done every week and get ready to play at a high level."