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Utes football: Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham full Week 3 press conference transcript (+video, audio)

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For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Sept. 9 2013 11:44 p.m. MDT

Whittingham pre-OSU press conference, Week 3

Ute coach Kyle Whittingham addressed the media Monday on the University of Utah's campus. He answered questions about Utah's 70-7 victory over Weber State and the Utes' upcoming contest against Oregon State.

Here is a full transcript of that press conference.

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Kyle Whittingham: OK, as far as the game Saturday, I thought we did what we were supposed to do. Good performances on both sides of the ball. Travis Wilson was exceptional at quarterback; Tenny Palepoi had a big game at defensive tackle — even though they each played only half the game. Did a nice job. It was good to get the (backups) a bunch of work. They played the entire second half, and those reps will be invaluable in some point in time for those guys. So, it was good to start the season at 2-0. It was what we anticipated and hoped for, and that’s where we are at.

Pac-12 opens this week. ... Pac-12 play for us, Oregon State coming to town. They have done a good job offensively. They are scoring 40 points a game — just about 40 points a game — and over 500 yards a week of offense throwing the ball exceptionally well.

(Oregon State quarterback Sean) Mannion is throwing for over 400 yards a game, exceptional. His pass efficiency rating is up in the 180s. So, they are doing a nice job with their offense through two games. It's important to get started off on the right foot in Pac-12 play this year. We haven’t been able to do that last couple of years so that is our objective is to try and get started on the right foot this year.

Questions?

Reporter: Oregon State looks like they have struggled against the pass so far in their first two games. It looks like they are ranked last in the conference in that. Is this a big week for your pass game obviously or is it more complicated than that?

KW: Well, you know we try to be balanced offensively with the run and the pass, and I thought we were balanced last Saturday. And so that is not going to change. I thought they did a pretty good job against Hawaii. I think they only gave up 250 —somewhere in that range — total yardage and so we gotta be able to run the ball effectively to have the offense where we want it to be. I don’t think there is going to be any more emphasis on the pass this week than in weeks past, but we will see what happens.

Reporter: You mentioned some numbers that Mannion has put up for Oregon State the last couple of weeks. What do you feel like the key will be against him defensively for you guys?

KW: We have to get a pass rush. I think that is where it all starts — not let him get comfortable back there and have all day to throw the football, because when he does he is very effective. They have a lot of max-protect schemes where they have three-man routes, keeping the tight end back to block, and we have to be able to get pressure even when they are protecting with seven.

Reporter: Talking about their passing just how do you feel about your secondary? At the start of the year you were concerned about your secondary. How do you feel your secondary is shaping up at this point?

KW: I still am concerned. We’ve had some bright spots in the first two weeks with the secondary. We also had some not so good things happen back there, and so it’s a work in progress with our techniques, our fundamentals and just playing the coverages as they are designed to be played. I think we have made progress, but like I said it's still something that is going to be needed to be improved upon week in and week out from this point forward.

Reporter: Coach, I know you were looking for more aggression out of your run blocking, your run game, your offensive line. Did you feel that you got that this week?

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