UW’s offensive press conference — featuring coordinator Doug Nussmeier and players Keith Price, Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse, Senio Kelemete and Austin Seferian-Jenkins — has concluded.
I’ve got a few sets of video, as well as the full transcript below.
In the first video, Nussmeier introduces the players and gives a little of an overview of the offense and plans for the Baylor game:
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In the second video, there’s kind of a funny exchange as Nussmeier and Price talk about Price’s health — it’s obvious they don’t want to let on much that Price is getting healthier and should be able to do more with his legs than he has at other points this season:
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In the third video, Polk talks a little about his future (I’ll have a lot more on that in another post soon), Nussmeier talks about what Baylor has done to force so many turnovers of late, and Kelemete has some revealing comments about the changes from the 2008 season:
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In the final video, Kearse makes a few jokes about the reaction of teammate Luther Leonard to a rollercoaster ride at SeaWorld this week (you can see that video here):
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Finally, here are a few transcribed quotes:
On bowl game preparations: “Well, obviously we came here to play a football game, but also it’s a great experience for the players to get a chance to get out and see a great city like San Antonio and do some wonderful things. Obviously when we first got here we got greeted by our own weather. We got a lot of rain. So the first day we had rain, it’s been a little cool. It’s obviously starting to warm up. It’s been nice. I think the players have really enjoyed their time here. And from a preparation standpoint it’s been really good.”
On the plan against Baylor: “Well, obviously as every game, we go evaluate ourselves and what we think we do well versus what our opponent’s defense does well. One of the things we always try and do is stay balanced. When you can get a good combination of the running game and the passing game, you keep people off balance a little bit, so like always, we’ll try and do that.”
On Price’s health: “I think that obviously Keith is feeling really good.”
On it being basically a road game: “Well, obviously being where we are in the state of Texas, knowing Baylor being relatively close, we prepared for crowd noise. That’s the way we prepared from day one when we first found out who we were playing. As we look at it, we’re essentially playing on the road. It’s going to be loud, and we’re prepared for that.”
On UW doing well the last few years when having time to prepare: “Sure. I think it’s about the process, and when you talk about going to our second straight Bowl game and our players that were on our football team last year now basically moving the schedule a day are repeating the same schedule that we used in preparation for last year’s Bowl game, so there’s a lot of familiarity there. They understand the process. Obviously our new players, as Austin can attest to, it’s been a learning experience for them. But it’s been proven over time, and it’s something that we believe in.”
On what Baylor has done to force turnovers: “Well, they do a really good job of keeping their eyes especially in the passing game in the backfield on the quarterback, and they do a good job of reading routes, breaking. They’ve got great speed.”
On what Baylor’s defenses does: “Well, I think a lot of it is similar. They play a cover‚Äëfour scheme as their base scheme and we see that from quite a few opponents within our own conference. Like I said, they run really, really well. They jump into some odd stuff and things like that, so we’ll have to be prepared for that stuff.
On Price’s progress this year: “Well, I really think Keith’s best football is still ahead of him. For a young guy in his first year starting, he’s done an exceptional job, when we talk about managing the game and doing the things that we ask our quarterback to do. He’s really come a long way in his development from becoming a true pocket passer. I think early, first year, so the progression thing, getting into his check downs and those type of things were difficult, as they are for all young quarterbacks. He’s worked extremely hard. If there’s one thing I can say about Keith, it’s his work ethic is second to none. He really does a great job of preparing himself.”
On having last year’s bowl experience to help this year: “Last year from this year is a big difference coming in, just having that overall experience and knowing when to have fun and when to lock it in. I’m going to do whatever it takes to get the win, and I don’t think I’m going to have to — it’s not going to come down to one thing. We’re real balanced this year. We have great receivers, we have a good quarterback and we have a great line, and overall our job is to stay on the field and keep converting, just keep RG III off the field.
“We always had the confidence I would say, but that victory just brought belief back into it. That made us believe in what we’re being coached to do, made us believe in the schemes, made us believe in everything we did, because we were facing an opponent that we thought really didn’t respect us, so just go out there and overall be respected and do it in a fashion and come out with a W. I guess that gave us more momentum going into the season and we just still have that belief.”
On the importance of setting UW’s rushing record: “I would lie to you if I said it didn’t creep in, but I’m here — football is a team sport, so I’m all about the team first, whether I have 205 rushing yards or 60 yards. As long as we get the W and send these seniors off on a good note and keep improving and keep getting better each year, that means more to me, because without my teammates blocking for me, without my coaching believing in me, without the strength pushing me in the weight room, my name is not even in the category to be in certain records.”
On Baylor’s defense: “They play hard. You just can’t sleep on them. Their stats don’t show it, but their offense is scoring really fast, so I’m pretty sure that their defense is pretty tired. So we’ve just got to come out and play our game.”
On rebounding from 0-12 in 2008 to two straight bowls and if he could have imagined that: “Honestly, no, I would have never imagined this. It was pretty hard for all of us, the 0 and 12 season. I’m pretty sure a lot of guys didn’t really want to play football anymore or wanted to transfer or just ‚Äë‚Äë just football wasn’t fun. But I’m glad Coach Sark came, and he brought a great staff, and he’s start being to turn this program around. Obviously he’s playing a lot of young guys. We have Keith and Austin playing big roles in our plays. I like where this team is heading at.