Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (9/19/11)
Sept. 19, 2011
(Analysis of Saturday's 19-10 win at NM State)
"We're really excited about the victory. It was a tremendous game. It was a hard hitting, physical game. I don't think anyone left early to beat the traffic. We kept everyone in their seats and it was really a lot of fun. We had some positions on the team that played really well. We were very physical on the offensive line. We made some big blocks down the field with our receivers. We protected very well for Jay Hall. He might have been sacked once. We protected very well with the tight ends, running backs and offensive line. We got the running game going and improved our rushing attack.
"We did have some pre-snap penalties that we haven't had before and we have to continue to work on better ball security. Our ball security was very poor. On defense we did a great job. We had six sacks, seven tackles for losses and 21 quarterback pressures. We did a lot of different things and really put the pressure on their quarterback. I had a chance to talk to him after the game and he was one tired kid. They had 16 net yards rushing. On defense we were really physical. I wish I could bottle that enthusiasm and type of intensity every week. Boy, they played really hard.
"The negatives on defense ... we played soft on the two-minute drill before the half. We might have lost some composure and we gave that touchdown to them too easily. But boy, we had some great goal line stands. And on third down, they had no real explosive plays.
"There were three things we wanted to accomplish on special teams, and we did all of them. Number one, we wanted to stop #1 [Jonte Green], and we did. And then we wanted to have our return game do a good job, and I thought Anthony McGhee did a wonderful job returning punts. Vernon Frazier is doing a great job on kickoff returns, and Steve Valdez is doing a tremendous job kicking off. And the third thing was we wanted to execute a fake, and obviously that was the play of the game and really changed our momentum. They had the momentum at halftime, no question about it."
(On the status of injured players Nick Lamaison, TraVaun Nixon and Germard Reed)
(On the quarterback situation heading into the USF game)<
(On getting Cliff Tucker more involved in the offense)
(On what the Miners are hoping to get out of this week)
(On the benefits of playing BCS opponents)
(On the humidity in Tampa)
(On what USF does)