Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (10/15/12)
Oct. 15, 2012
(Thoughts on Thursday's 33-11 loss at Tulsa)
"Nick [Lamaison] pulled a hamstring. He had a pretty good charley horse and didn't play in the second half. I thought he came to play and started the game pretty accurately. He made some good throws early. I don't think Carson [Meger] played horribly, but he had two turnovers in key situations and that hurt us. We were so good at ball security in our first four games, and we've been so bad the last two games.
"We'll see how healthy Nick is [this week]. We had practice this morning. It was really a walk through. We ran and lifted and had a walk through on Glory Road Field. Nick was running on the sidelines. So we'll see who fits into the game plan well. We'd like for him to be healthy and be able to run."
(Is Nick Lamaison still your starting quarterback?)
(On why the team is struggling offensively)
"We're not doing some of the little things correctly. I hope that has something to do with the opponents we've played being good defensive teams. We're definitely off, and we'd be a lot happier if our offense had done better and we'd won a couple of these games. The defense has kept us in all the games. Our third down conversions are horrible, and our red zone and orange zone aren't good. Those are key areas where we're making mistakes."
(How is the team's mental frame of mind?)
(On how he keeps the team's spirits up)
(Have you ever had a team that struggled this much offensively?)
(On Blair Sullivan)
"They played very well against Rutgers, and Rutgers is undefeated. Their quarterback was out for four games and now he's back. He took them 68 yards in 47 seconds for the winning touchdown [against SMU]. I think their quarterback makes all the difference in the world offensively.
"Their running back Orleans Darkwa has been hurt. He was only in for 10 or 12 plays last week. Their backup tailback, Rob Kelley is played great. He made two scoring catches [versus SMU]. And their defense just kind of hung around. They kept everything in front of them. People have been able to run the ball against them for whatever reason, and they haven't rushed the ball well in any of their games.
"Ironically Eric [Price] is running a different offense than what we ran in the past. He's running the New Orleans Saints offense. And we're not running our offense either, it's more of the shotgun zone read offense. He doesn't really know what we're doing and we don't really know what he's doing."
(On changes being made to the offense)
(On Michael Edwards' status)
"Malcolm [Trail] is out for the year with a severe third degree shoulder separation. He was in a lot of pain. It's messed up. Devin Patterson is going to be the next starter in there."
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