Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (9/24/12)
Sept. 24, 2012
(Opening remarks on Saturday's 37-26 loss at Wisconsin)
"I think Richard Spencer's career is over. We may petition for another year for him. But he has an ACL injury. He was our best player on defense and knocked their All-American running back [Monte Ball] out. That started the game with a bang. We were definitely ready to play. We're always ready to play. We marched down the field in the first quarter. Nick [Lamaison] threw a perfect pass to Mike Edwards and he scored a touchdown. And then they blocked the extra point, and I think we lost something there for a while. We didn't play well in the second quarter until the interception by Drew Thomas, and Steve Valadez made the field goal to get us within nine points in the first half. I was very pleased that Steve did that. He ended up kicking a longer field goal later in the game that certainly helped our momentum.
"We made some great adjustments offensively and defensively at halftime. Our defense certainly came to play. We matched up very competitively in the kicking game. They played as well as anybody has played against us this year in all phases of special teams.
"I think that's the third game in a row where we've gotten into scoring position with our mayday offense, the two-minute offense before the half. We practice it every day and you can tell we're effective at that. We have a lot of confidence. We've gained confidence and trust in each other, and we played 60 minutes until the end. When you're trying an onside kick at the end of the game, it's not all bad. We played right down to the wire and were within four points in the fourth quarter and they scored twice.
"We weren't intimidated by the crowd. They're going to have a heck of a crowd this weekend at East Carolina. We did some things wrong in the game that we didn't have to do. There's no reason for it. I think we're pretty healthy. We're playing a really good team [this week]. We'd better be healthy."
"Richard Spencer made a great, great hit early in the game and Ball fumbled for the first time ever. I was very surprised to see that happen. We were very excited. We were sky high and things were going good. I felt right then that we were going to win the game. And at the beginning of the fourth quarter, our team did the jump around [with the Wisconsin fans] and our guys were going nuts. They were supposed to be intimidated, but they weren't. It was fun. Those are some memories to take from this game."
(Is this the hardest hitting team that you have had?)
(On Nathan Jeffery's health)
(On the performance by the young running backs)
(On Carson Meger not playing for the first time in his career)
(On why the team is 1-3 and not 4-0)
(On the depth at safety with Richard Spencer out)
(On getting Adrian James back soon)
(On East Carolina)
(On preparing for the long trip to Greenville)
(On opening the C-USA schedule)
(On what he thinks of his team through four non-conference games)
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