Matt Wells: We're going to have to stop 'the QB run game (against BYU)' (+video)
Transcript of Utah State football Monday press conference
“Kyle Van Noy is going to play on Sundays for a long time. He's long, he's ranging, he's twitchy and he's fast. He can go from slow to fast really quick. He can redirect. He's a really good pass-rusher against running backs and O-Linemen. He causes major match-up problems. I'll be happy to shake his hand Friday night and be done facing him. He's a really good player.”
On Taysom Hill's mechanics as a quarterback:
“That's an individual thing. Just like we're trying to tweak Chuckie (Keeton) every week. I saw an interview on Peyton Manning the other day and he's talking about what he does early in the week from a mechanics standpoint — footwork, release, lowering his elbow, working on release points and different drills that you do. Those guys do it, I'm sure Taysom does it, Chuckie does it. That's a constant, daily refining for those guys to stay tight and get better from a technique standpoint. It's very similar to a golf swing in the release, your lower body, it's all timing and rhythm. Kickers, quarterbacks, golfers, those guys are always refining their mechanics. I know Chuckie does. I can't speak for Taysom, but I'm sure he does to.”
On the pass rush of BYU:
“I think it's more up to us to pick up pressures and create a pocket for him, whether the pocket is moving, a five-man, six-man or eight-man, protecting him. It's a little bit more on us than on the opposition.”
On BYU's ability to contain mobile quarterbacks:
“I think they contain a lot of guys whether or not they're mobile. They put a lot of pressures on pocket passers. You can see some of the stuff they do in the different quarterbacks they face. I think Bronco does a nice job of structuring game plans to who they're facing. They're always schematically sound as far as numbers are concerned with angles and leverage. To be able to create things for Chuckie (Keeton) or downfield for our wide receivers is a challenge because they do a great job with that.”
On injuries/player status:
“Joe Hill is day-to-day. We've got probably 15 guys on the team who are day-to-day right now. It's been a tough opening stretch, we said that back in training camp and we're right in the heat of it right now. These guys continue to grind on the practice field and in the training room to get themselves ready. BYU is no different than us. We're all banged up right now."
On playing BYU as a player:
“I've got good memories as a backup and bad memories as a player. The 1993 game here in Logan, I was holding the clipboard for Anthony Calvillo while watching him throw the ball up and down the field. He and John Walsh had great days. The thing that stands out to me in that game, maybe the only time I've ever seen it, was back-to-back-to-back touchdowns. We threw one then kicked it off and they ran it all the way back 100 yards. They kicked it and Anthony threw an 80-yard touchdown pass. There was a lot of offense that day, not very much defense. There was a lot of writing for me on the clipboard that day. We won 58-56 and that was a big win for the Aggies that day.”
On comparing BYU and USC's defenses:
“They're very good on defense. There are differences in a few of the positions, but there are better players in certain positions on BYU's defense. BYU's defense presents a really good challenge, I've said that too many times this morning.”
On playing at home after four of the first five games on the road:
“It's nice to be back here this week and be in our home week routine. Playing in front of our fans more than anything, putting that Aggie Blue jersey on to play in front of our families and our friends and the student body. It will be a great atmosphere and great to be home.”
Senior offensive tackle Eric Schultz
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