Kyle Whittingham: '(Travis Wilson) was in bed the whole game day leading up to the UCLA game'
Full transcript, video and audio of Utah football's Monday press conference
Reporter: Kyle, any theme or a common thread of what's happening on third down offensively?
KW: That's two games in a row that that's showed up, and it's a problem. We're paying close attention to it and trying to get it solved. I think we're 3-of-27 in the last two games, which is awful, on third down. It's one of our primary issues right now. The biggest issue is there's been too many third-and-longs in those third downs, which means we've got to be better on first and second down at getting ourselves in third and manageable instead of third and nine-plus. That's the first step, but yeah, that's been a huge point of our focus of the last three days is to try to remedy that.
Reporter: Kyle, Jared Norris has led you in tackles the last two games. Could you just talk about his development?
KW: Yeah, he's been a positive for us. He's just a sophomore, and between him and Jason Whittingham at that inside linebacker spot — Jason's really played well the last couple games also. That's been a big plus for our defense. As we know, last year we struggled at that position, so to have those guys step up and start to be consistent playmakers has really helped. That's another trend we hope continues.
Reporter: Coach, I know you hate to look ahead beyond
KW: Yeah, I hate to, so I don't.
Reporter: After Stanford, only two more home games. Are you getting to the point with such a front-loaded schedule that you start to feel that pressure creep up where it gets harder to not look ahead?
KW: No, we just focus in on the next one, and the next one is Stanford here. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I'm sure that thought is pestering me, but right now it's not. We're just worrying about the Cardinal and trying to find a way to match up with them.
Reporter: Coach, do you know if Travis is going to be able to practice today, and are you concerned about that at all?
KW: Concerned, yes, but the doctors think we're finally starting to get out in front of it, so we think that he'll be able to be at practice, but I can't guarantee that. We'll see what happens. You'll never know, though, because you're not here today after practice, huh?
Reporter: I assume you're familiar with the All-Access show that Pac-12 Network is doing with Cal and Arizona State. You're not at all?
KW: Not at all. Is it like the hard knocks stuff?
Reporter: Sort of, but I guess you might say it's more promotional. I guess my question is did you have any opportunity to get involved in anything like that?
KW: Not to my knowledge. Nobody presented, unless I'm forgetting about something, nobody presented that. Liz? No? No. So I'm not forgetting. No, we didn't have that opportunity.
Reporter: Kyle, was Travis affected at all illness-wise during the game?
KW: No excuses. He was there. He was playing. So if you're playing, you've got to produce. So, the answer is no.
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