Sep 3, 2013
Football Press Conference Quotes in PDF Format
Head Coach Rocky Long Quotes
"Well it's obvious to everybody in this room that we play a great football team (Ohio State) this week. They're considered one of the top two or three teams in the country by everybody who selects those things. So obviously we have to get a lot better after the performance we had last week. I'm actually a lot more concerned about us getting better than who we have to play."
On what he needs to see from the team in practice this week to feel good going into Saturday:
"I hope we practice better than we did leading up to the first game. We practiced poorly and we played poorly (last week). If we practice well, I'm assuming we're going to play well."
On if he senses his team is excited about the opportunity to play Ohio State:
"I sense the team is upset and embarrassed about the way they played (against Eastern Illinois). They're more worried about getting better than who they play."
On if he believes his players overlooked Eastern Illinois:
"I don't know if they did or not, and I don't think they know if they did or not. Whenever you have a bad game and you don't play very well, you soul search yourself for what you could have done different or better. Every player goes deep inside to try to figure out what happened to them."
On if he feels the loss instilled some panic or fear into the team:
"I try never to panic and I don't fear anything. If you're a competitor, you don't fear anything."
On if he talks to the team about not getting overwhelmed by the atmosphere this Saturday:
"This week, we're going to talk about getting better. We're not talking about any of that. We're back to basics. We've got to get better at lining up right, doing our assignment, blocking, tackling and chasing the ball. The pass protection has got to get better, we've got to catch more passes, we've got to play the right coverage, we've got to cover punts. I can go on and on. This is about us getting better. It has nothing to do with who we play or what time of year it is, because our ultimate goal is winning the conference championship, and we've got to get a whole lot better to defend our championship."
On what the team lost when Derek Largent went out with an injury:
"He's a really good player, so when you lose a really good player, it not only hurts how you play, it hurts your depth. Other guys have to play more snaps and their effectiveness is going to be hurt."
On if he saw anything in Ohio State's offense last week that they can exploit:
"I think they made some execution mistakes that prevented them from scoring 60-70 points. I don't think it was anything strategic Buffalo was doing. Now, I think Buffalo played hard and they played well. They competed, and whenever you compete and can stay in a game, you have a chance to win. That was the difference from our first game. I don't think we competed."
On if he can take anything from beating Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer when Meyer was at Utah:
"That's a fallacy we (at New Mexico) out-schemed Meyer before. I have yet to see a coach win a football game. I've seen players win football games. It doesn't matter what the scheme is, players have to execute the scheme. It's all about players. I didn't have anything to do with beating Urban Meyer that day. It was the players."
On if he can walk away from Saturday's game with a loss and still feel they accomplished something:
"I don't think there's ever such thing as a moral victory, but I think we can show improvement and still lose, because (Ohio State) is that good of a team. But we're not going to be happy or satisfied unless we win."
On slowing down Ohio State running back Jordan Hall and quarterback Braxton Miller:
"I've watched all of their film from last year and their one game this year, and there's a whole bunch of good players on that team. There's so many that the only one everyone knows the name of is their quarterback (Miller). They put two freshmen in there that were as fast or faster than anybody I've seen on a football team. The have too many good players for us to do anything but try to put our players in the best position against their offense. It has nothing to do with who the players are because every one of them is good."
On if Ohio State looks like a top-three team on film:
"Yes, and they might be the best team in the country. They're as good as anybody else I've seen on film the last three years."
On Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer:
"I think he's one of the top five coaches in the country. I think there's a lot of good coaches in the country, and a lot of us try hard to do our jobs the very best. But there are a few coaches in the country that have what I call `magic.' They have a special feel or touch that makes their team a little better than other teams that have similar talent. And now he's at a place where he has really good talent. So he's a great coach and he's got talent with a little bit of special magic."
SDSU PLAYER QUOTES
Junior quarterback Adam Dingwell
On how they regrouped after last Saturday's game vs. Eastern Illinois:
"It was tough. We watched the film and there were a lot of mistakes. I know I have to get a lot better. It's clear to see. It's pretty obvious. What we're going to do this week is get back out there on the field and go back to work and try to improve on the little things and become better offensively."
On if he was prepared to throw as much as he did against Eastern Illinois:
"Yeah. I was prepared to do whatever we needed to do to win the game. I didn't execute very well. I'll put that one on my shoulders, but there's no excuse. I just have to get better. If we need to throw the ball to win, that's what we have to do. If we have to run the ball to win, that's what we'll do."
On if he's expecting to take back some of the play-calling responsibilities this week:
"I'm not sure. I'm going to have to ask Coach Toledo about that. I haven't met with him yet this week. I did it a couple of times during the game (last Saturday). There were a lot of times I didn't need to because we had the right play called and we game-planned pretty well; we knew what they were going to do, we just didn't execute very well."
On what he says to the team this week as a leader:
"I don't know if it's so much about what I say as it is about what I do. When I get out there on the practice field I have to show them that I'm focused. We're all working for one goal, which is to get better, go out there and compete this weekend and like Cody (Galea) mentioned, becoming a better football team, so when conference rolls around we can get that 20th (league) championship."
On corrections he needs to make regarding his performance the last few games:
"Just execution. I'm not playing well enough right now. I said earlier I'll put that loss on my shoulders. I didn't play well enough for us to win. I didn't get the ball in the end zone. That's my job as a quarterback and a leader of this team. I've watched the film, I've seen what I've done wrong and now I just have to go out there and practice and get better."
Senior wide receiver Colin Lockett
On his opinion of how well Ohio State looks on tape:
"Great football team. They have a lot of players, a lot of athletes, guys who can fly around, guys who can cover, one of the best football teams we'll play this year. They're tops in the country--1, 2 or 3. Whatever point you look at them, they're a great football team."
On how much he appreciates the atmosphere at Ohio State as a visiting player:
"It's college football. You have to love stuff like that. You have a great opportunity to go out there every week and showcase your skills, be a better football team and really go out there and try to win and compete. It's a great opportunity."
On having individual opportunities to show what he can do against Ohio State:
"It doesn't make a difference. I had opportunities last week to show. Like I said, it's college football. Every Saturday you get to go out there and prove who's going to be the better man on the field. That's really what we're worried about. Other opportunities are going to come up within the rest of the season. Right now we have to worry about showing our capabilities and it has to start today on the practice field, going back to the Day 1 things: the fundamentals, getting your footwork right, catching the football, making sure you know the plays inside and out. You have to worry about getting better."
On defending their capabilities as a football team against what others think:
"We have to go back to what we have to do" ... "We have to worry about what we have to do because a lot of things that we didn't do (last Saturday) was on our part. We have to go back to the drawing board (and the) players have to get really dialed in. (The) coaches are doing their job right now; we just have to go out there and play the type of football we know we can play."
On the team's motivation to showcase their abilities as well as save face:
"We have to worry about what we have to do. We have to go back and we have to catch the ball, we have to throw the ball, (make fewer) turnovers. It's all on us. It doesn't matter who we're going to play. We're not thinking about the score, we're going to go out there and compete and then when it's zero, zero, zero and we look up at the scoreboard that will actually show how hard we played. We're not worried about the score. We're not worried about (if we're trailing) 42-0 at halftime. We're not worried about that. It's on us. As players, we're all Division I athletes. There is going to be adversity. That's college football for you, ups and downs. We're in a place where we haven't really been before, I guess you could say, but it's going to come down to us, coaches and everybody to really find what it is that we want to do regardless of whatever the case may be."
On his opinion of how the wide receivers played against Eastern Illinois:
"We didn't play like we knew we could. There were dropped balls; there was some miscommunication within the routes. It definitely wasn't our best showing, but that's why it's Week 1. We still have 11 more guaranteed opportunities to really go out there and catch every ball thrown at us regardless where it's at: high, low, floater, whatever. We have to go out there and make plays like we know we can make plays. Coach instills that into us every day. To be a great receiver you have to make plays that people are going to look at and say, "Rewind that play. How did he make that catch?" We need to make those plays at all times regardless."
Junior defensive lineman Cody Galea
On how formidable Ohio State looks up front:
"They're very good. It's going to be a fun game. It's going to be good for us to improve. Our biggest thing is we want to improve on defense. You can say we have a big stage, but it honestly doesn't matter who we play, we just want to play better than we played last week. They're big, they're strong, they're fast. We're just going to have to do what we do and get better at what we do to have a good performance and start our trek to defending the (Mountain West) title this year."
On the breakdown of the pass rush during the game against Eastern Illinois:
"I'm pretty sure we didn't sack (their quarterback) once, so that's not good. We need to do that. We had a few hits, but that only rattles him for that drive, it doesn't rattle him for the rest of the game. I think the biggest thing was execution. Execution, intensity, you can say a bunch of different things, you can make excuses, but it's just flat out we didn't do it."
On what the defense has to do to rattle Ohio State's quarterback Braxton Miller:
"He's a good quarterback, but they're all the same. If you hit them enough times they're not going to play as well. You just have to get there."