Neuheisel ON:

On Wednesday’s practice:
“Another good practice. Good enthusiasm, good energy, great looks by the scout team. That’s what you need when you’re preparing for a big-time opponent.”

On Kevin Prince:
“Kevin Prince is getting back into form. We got good news in terms that he’s cleared to play. I just want to make sure he’s got his timing and his confidence. That’s what I had to see. It’s not all the way there.”

On Oregon possibly missing Jeremiah Masoli:
“We’re not sure whether they have him. I was told he was in uniform today. I know he’s a valiant competitor, and I know that he’ll be ready to play. Just watch last year’s game. He went for about 170 yards and we looked like we were bouncing off him.”

On Damien Thigpen:
“I thought he earned a few more chances with the way he played at Stanford. We’re trying to keep that running back position as competitive as we can. When you get guys with hot hands it’s hard to take them out of the game. Johnathan has been very consistent and deserves to be the starting running back.”

On working extensively on tackling this week:
“If you’re Jack Nicklaus, you go out and hit 7-irons. If you’re a defensive player, you go out and tackle. It’s got to be a skill that you’re constantly honing. And there are two types to address – wrap and squeeze, and the swarming. Running to the ball, getting there, making sure you’re not getting him down by yourself.”

On the need for better tackling against Oregon:
“We were beaten at the point of attack at times. We have to do a great job of getting off blcosk, so that we can be in position to make a tackle. That’s the key.”

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  • Anonymous

    People were concern about the tailgating when game time is at 12:30. Why, under the new set up, Lot H will be opened 8 hours before kickoff.

  • Anonymous

    Still no comment on Rahim Moore controversial hit? Interesting.

  • theuclan

    i see Coach has named the frosh as backup to prince? so Craft is good enough to start 2 games but not good enough to backup prince? what a joke!