Utah football: Whittingham went to In-N-Out and had a Double-Double to celebrate his 75th coaching win
Full transcript, audio and video of Kyle Whittingham press conference
Reporter: Kyle, it says here that this is your latest road opener out of state since 1947. Is there any logistical concerns going on the road for the first time, getting a team on an airplane for the first time in the season, things like that that make going out of state a little different?
KW: Well, I think I'm a little concerned for the players that have never done that. I don't think it matters when that happens during the course of the season. I don't think that's relevant, but our guys that have never been on a Div. I road trip, which there's quite a few guys on this team that will be in that category, it's important that they handle themselves the right way and understand how we operate. I think that's the bigger issue than the timing of it.
Reporter: Can you expound a little bit? You said Louie Sakoda was around last week, and Andy Phillips being perfect this late in the season I take it you're not that surprised?
KW: Well, we're just elated about what he's (Phillips) given us and what he's done for us. He's 11-for-11 on the year. He hasn't missed a PAT. He's just been lights out, and that's something that's been a big difference for us. It's made a big difference in the complexion of the games, and I hope it continues.
Reporter: Coach, can you comment on the state of the Pac-12 as a whole? It looks like a very strong conference at the top, but as you guys proved on Saturday, it also looks like the conference really has some depth. When you talk about going up against some of the other conferences in the country, where do you guys stand as a league as a whole?
KW: I think we're right up there, certainly, in the top two or three without a doubt. I don't think that's even a question. And as I've said over and over, the conference today is much better than when we entered it. We entered it two and a half years ago, and it's much more competitive top to bottom. I think that really on offense. You look at some of the offenses, there's a lot of prolific offenses in this conference. It seems like every week we're going against an offense that's ranked very highly nationally. It's very challenging, and I think that, like I mentioned, the SEC's in the conversation, obviously. They're always in the conversation, and we're right up there in that group.
Reporter: Kyle, as big as the win was on Saturday, and as much as people want to keep talking about it, is the most important thing you can do right now to forget about it?
KW: Yeah, I think that going forward what we want to do is accentuate to the players the reasons for the win: the great week of practice, the focus, their film study, everything that went in to winning the football game, and emphasize to them that that's what needs to happen again. We've got to be able to duplicate that as far as our preparation. This team this year has not had a problem preparing, but some weeks you're obviously a little bit better than others, and last week was outstanding, and just instill the belief in them that preparation is absolutely key to your success or lack thereof.
Reporter: Could you talk a little bit about the play that you're getting right now from Nate Orchard and Trevor Reilly off the edge? I think this is the first game where they both had monster games at the same time. Is this what you expected coming in?
KW: It's what we hoped for, especially Nate. I think Nate played probably his best game as a Ute this game this past Saturday. The defensive line, as a whole, is doing very good things.
I was optimistic about those guys way back in fall camp, saying that even though we lost Star and the Kruger brothers and some really good players, we expected to have one of the best, if not the best defensive front, in the conference, and so far through the first half of the season, we're leading the league in sacks. We're playing the run exceptionally well. Tenny Palepoi is a big reason for that.
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