Adrian Hubbard named SEC Defensive Player of the week
Jeremy Shelley is a semi-finalist for the Groza Award
Staff Players of the Week
Offense: Fluker, Kouandjio, Norwood
Defense: Hubbard and Dickson
Special Teams: Mandell and Sunseri
- Players showed competitive character in overcoming adversity vs. LSU
- Some of the situations we had to overcome, we created
- Very important to put that game behind us as emotional as it was
- Praised Cyrus & Fluker
- Only guy that won't practice today is Lacy, but he should be ok by tomorrow.
- Cooper was just a little sore Saturday. He didn't reaggrevate the injury
- TAMU is a good team. Their only losses were to Top 10 teams and by 5 and 3 points.
- Praises Johnny Football
- Very different team in terms of presentation and what we have to prepare to defend
- We look forward to playing at home in Tiger Stadium (yes...he did say that) and we hope our fans will give us some emotional support
- TAMU has a really good offensive execution. They make a ton of big plays. Important that we get our guys lined up playing what you have to defend, and that's a QB than can scramble
- Asked who's playing the role of Manzell on our scout team: "If we had a guy that can do that, we'd play him. He'd be playing." Said ultimately, if there's anyone close Blake Sims would be that guy
- We didn't play man coverage very well vs. LSU. We weren't aggressive enough. We also didn't do a good job on 3rd down on offense. Even though they moved the ball, we created a lot of 3rd down situations, but we couldn't get off the field. We didn't cover well enough in man and didn't break on the ball well enough in zone.
- TAMU defense is very good. Do a lot of different things. They're very aggressive. They load the box and force you to beat them.
- We've got to forget about this last game. We've got to move on.
- Players have a lot of respect for TAMU. Would be difficult not to based on their success this year.
- Any concerns about no-huddle and if his comments a few weeks back and if that put negative thoughts in his defense's mind: "They weren't going no huddle Saturday and we played the worst we've played all year by far. Maybe we should've asked them to go no-huddle." Then proceeds to go off on the guy for asking the question. Awkward silence in the room.
- Asked if Manzell reminds him of anyone he's seen in the past few years: "I've been around longer than most, and most of my players can't related, but he reminds me of Doug Flutie. He's a unique guy in terms of his play-making ability."
- Said, as a pair, TAMU's offensive tackles are about the best (as a pair) that we've faced all year.
- Thinks OUR OL has done a really good job this year. Thinks they did a good job in the last game. The offense itself, though, was a little inconsistent this past game, but the o-line did a really really good job. Been pleased with the progression.
- Asked if their scheme was similar to anyone else's: You just have to practice scramble rules, matching patterns, etc. Some would argue that it's better do defend it with a zone, and we can have that argument. It has its positives. You also have to have your better athletes out there, not necessarily guys who can play the two gap at the nose. Gotta get guys out there that can move (translation: Less DePriest, more Mosley)
- How do you get players to not worry about the pressure that they have as 18-23 year olds?: We try to get them to focus on the next play. Not worry about the result. More about how you prepare and how you compete. If there's any one thing our players did well last week,it was just that. They kept competing."
- Cody Mandell did a really good job in the last game. Probably about as good a game as he's had in terms of consistency.
- Always keep up with Kent St. scores, because it means something to me. It's my alma mater. It's good to see they're having a good year.