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Transcript of Utah State football Monday press conference
“Reviewing San Jose State, offensively, I think we did a pretty good job. I think we showed what we could do in the run game a little bit more than we had in previous weeks. I think as a whole in the red zone we didn’t do what we normally do, we need to finish our drives. One time we had a holding call on the offensive line, we put that on us and we’ve just got to finish our drives. I think a lot of people want to know about Kyle Whimpey, that’s like losing a brother to me as an offensive lineman. We had Sini (Tauauve’a) come in and he did an awesome job. We’ll have him in for practice this week and I think that’s good. He’s been here a year already so he knows the offense, I think he just needs to play with a little more confidence and he’ll be good.”
“As far as this coming week with BYU, It’s an exciting week for everyone here at Utah State. Everyone gets amped for this game and I do, too. Even being from Washington, I grew up in a fairly Mormon community and everyone seemed to like BYU. I never have liked BYU, so it’s big for me. They look good and they’re a good defensive team. As I look at the front, they have Kyle Van Noy and a lot of returning guys. Eathyn (Manumaleuna) came back from an injury last year and he’s a good player, they’ve got good players.”
On BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley:
“I played with him, we were on the same team (in high school), and he’s been a good friend of mine. I’ve called him recently so we’ve talked a little bit. He’s a good kid, I feel bad for what happened, but you live with those rules when you go there, that’s the deal.”
On being motivated by the injury to Kyle Whimpey:
“I think that’s a big thing. Right after it happened, if you came to our O-Line huddle we were quiet, it almost had the feeling like we lost the game, but I think we all knew that meant we had to step our game up. Sini (Tauauve’a) coming in, we’ve practiced with Sini, he knows the plays, he knows what he’s doing and he’s a good player so we didn’t really loose a beat. Plus, when you’re playing between Tyler Larsen and Kevin Whimpey it’s hard to do bad with as much experience as those guys have.”
On the depth of the offensive line:
“With Sini (Tauauve’a) and then also Bill Vavau coming in, we do have some good depth to us.”
On why the offense struggled with BYU last year and what they are going to do this time:
“Honestly, we obviously want some redemption for last year. That was a very big disappointment for our offense. We pride ourselves, especially the offensive line, on scoring points and getting touchdowns. I can’t really say what it was last year, something wasn’t right with us. I think from the top-down we just didn’t perform to our best and this year we want to come out and show what we really can do.”
On BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy:
“We’re definitely preparing for him. He always finds a way to make a play. We were watching film today and he’s four yards away from the offensive tackle, the tackle barely sets off and he jumps up and bats the ball. He’s that good of an athlete that he seems to make plays no matter where he’s at on the field. We’ve got to account for him for sure.”
On BYU linebacker Alani Fua:
“Fua has played well. From what I’ve seen on film, I haven’t watched a ton yet with it being Monday, but he seems like a solid outside linebacker as well. I don’t really know too much about him right now, but he seems like he’ll be some good competition.”
On Joey DeMartino:
“I think the biggest thing with Joey is that he cares and he runs hard every play, you never see him take plays off. Even when we’re in practice just doing walk through, he goes hard all the time. He just shows that he has heart and he cares and he wants to win. I think that’s a big deal, it helps him do well.”
On improving technique as an offensive line following the USC game:
“We did a lot better, definitely a lot better as an offensive line. We worked hard, it was a short week last week, but we worked hard on getting things right last week, especially as a front. Coach (Mark) Weber is a great coach and he’s getting us where we need to be.”
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