With the weekly press conference called off for Monday, we chatted with Rick Neuheisel for the last time before Tuesday. I’ll post more of his thoughts tomorrow.
On the win over Kansas State:
“Certainly excited about the 3-0 start. Certainly excited about having a chance to really fix the things that are plaguing us, especially on the offensive side. You’re walking around campus today, schools beginning, a lot of things going on, I think we find the bye at the appropriate times. A number of our players haven’t even been to a class.”
“I just got off the phone with our trainer. We’re unscathed, a few bumps and bruises. We hope to get Gavin Ketchum, Nick Ekbatani and Christian Ramirez for conference play against Stanford.
On what he’s seen from Week 1 to Week 3
“I think we’ve shown that were a resilient bunch. There have been points in all three ball games where the outcome is in question. There’s no wilt, there’s no fear. They resolve to keep playing, to play to the finish and see what happens.”
On the Kevin Craft to Terrence Austin touchdown:
“Huge. Huge for a number of standpoints, both great for the guys who play. It’s huge for the defense, to know the offense can contribute and know it’s not going to be another last year and the defense feels like it sodnes have to do everything. It was huge for the momentum in the game.”
On competing at Stanford like it did against K-State:
“No, the performance and the concentration have to go up. In a road environment, against a team much like Tennessee that probably feels it should’ve won a year ago.”
On Sheldon Price:
“I thought he played well; we didn’t ask him to do much in coverage, but from just watching him react, I don’t think it was too big for him. He’s a prototypical corner in terms of size and speed. I like where we are with him. As we gain confidence in him, we can ask him to do more.”