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

Published: Monday, Sept. 23 2013 1:50 p.m. MDT

Kyle Whittingham press conference, 9/23/13, the Monday after the BYU win

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham addressed the media Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, following the Utes' 20-13 win over Brigham Young.

The Utes are off this week. Following their bye week, they will play against the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

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Kyle Whittingham (KW) — First off, it was great news to hear that Jamaal Williams is going to be OK. It wasn’t as serious as it could have been. That was very positive to hear and we are all glad about that. It was good to get the win. Our guys played hard. We played with a lot of passion and a lot of emotion. Our defense was outstanding, particularly in the red zone. The two or three key points to the game: Offensively we did not turn the football over. That was probably the most important thing and the most valuable thing that our offense did for us. Defensively it was the red zone defense, and that was really good to see. We’ve struggled in the red zone for a while and in weeks past; it's good to see that get corrected, and hopefully it will stay that way.

On to UCLA. This week obviously is a bye week, but we do play Thursday of next week. So it's not a typical bye week for us where we have the full two weeks off. We will take tomorrow and Wednesday off with the players. Bring them back on Thursday and get going towards UCLA. So a little bit different structure than our usual bye week when it’s a Saturday game at the tail end of it. We got Ute Pac-12 conference play coming back. We got to get back on track there and we got to find a way to get after UCLA, so that’s where we are at.

Reporter: Can you talk about Dres Anderson's emergence as a receiver? He’s leading the team in receptions, receiving yards, yards per game and touchdowns.

KW: Yeah, Dres has been a big plus for us this year. I’ve been waiting for Dres to step up and put up those kind of numbers for a couple of years now. This year is the year that he has come into his own. Could of very easily had a couple hundred yards in that game Saturday night. Had a couple of drops that would have put him over 200 yards which would have been even more prolific than he already was. Dres is our go-to guy on the outside, and he’s performed very well for us through four games, and I think he has even more upside to give than you see right now. I think he is going to continue to develop. So we are hoping that is the case.

Reporter: Can you talk about Bubba Poole, not only his emergence of the last two games, but a guy who has really come deep down on the depth chart? From spring to really making an impact for you now, being your featured back.

KW: Bubba has done nothing but work hard every day in practice. As you mentioned, he was down the line a little bit on the depth chart, but he is a guy that is a great example of perseverance and hard work and just staying after it, and it paid off for him. He is now the lead guy, and he’s running the ball effectively — almost got nearly 100 yards on Saturday. He’s catching the ball as well, and he’s a valuable part of our offense. Not that we’ve gone completely away from Kelvin York, as he is going to work himself back into the rotation if he continues to do things well in practice and that type of thing. So even though Kelvin is taking a back seat to Bubba right now, he is not completely out of the mix, but Bubba is definitely our number one guy. Like I said, it’s just a product of his work ethic and how he has handled his business.

Reporter: You could tell that there was so extra jubilation on the field after the game Saturday night by players and coaches. Can you talk about the importance of not facing BYU again until 2016, with a four-game winning streak and what that means for the program and the fact that you are 3-0 against all of the in-state teams?

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