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
But anyway, I'm very proud of those guys and what they've accomplished, what they're doing there in Kansas City. They got another big win yesterday, and I couldn't be happier for two guys that I really care a lot about.
Reporter: Would you say their personalities are similar in a lot of ways?
KW: I would. They're both intelligent. They're both very even-keeled — no peaks and valleys. They're very steady, and I think it's a very good match, and so far, the results have proven that.
Reporter: Coach, after the Stanford-Washington game, there were some allegations about Stanford faking injuries. Just for you as a coach, to hear another coach come out publicly and make those kind of comments, do you sort of bristle at that? Is that the kind of thing that should not be brought out into the public, into the press?
KW: I really don't have a take on that. I've really never been associated with that in a game on either side of it. I don't know. I guess I would have no comment on that. How about that?
Reporter: Coach, could you talk about Anthony Denham and just how he's evolved into the passing game for you guys?
KW: He made a couple big catches for us, contested catches on Saturday. He's continuing to contribute in that respect. His biggest contribution has been his blocking. He's a big, strong kid. He's 6 (feet) 4 (inches) and about 220 (pounds).
I mentioned the receiving corps blocking downfield for Bubba and those guys that were on those swing routes, and he's the lead guy in that. He's a guy that really does a nice job. Our whole receiving corps takes a great deal of pride in blocking. That's something we stress. What are you doing when you don't have the ball in your hands. It's extremely important and those guys have really embraced that and taken it to heart.
Reporter: Kyle, you're at the midway mark of the season. Can you just give an evaluation of where things sit at this point?
KW: I think we've done some good things this season. Obviously, we'd choose to be undefeated, if we had a perfect world. But we've competed every week. I don't think we've had a poor performance. We haven't won every game, obviously, but I don't think we've had a game where we just flat-out didn't play well. That's been encouraging.
The competitive nature of this team is fun to be around, the way they compete and they way they care about what they're doing. So, we're 4-2, and we've got the second half of the season coming up this week, and we've just need to try to keep things headed in the right direction.
Reporter: Last thing. With Stanford being a very physical team, how did you come out of it health-wise?
KW: I think we're pretty good — much better than in some of the other games in this season, and we'll see as we start to get back on the practice field. We don't practice on Mondays anymore. We use Mondays for the film room and the weight room for the veteran guys. The developmental guys have a practice. We'll be able to have a better assessment tomorrow as to where some of these guys are.
Reporter: Coach, one thing I want to point out to people is the intricacy of what Travis Wilson is having to do in a given play. Those sweep screens, those comet screens, there's a lot that goes into that?
KW: There is.
Reporter: As I watch the play, a lot of people might think, "Ah, that's just a basic screen. He's throwing a screen." But he's got to make a lot of decisions there.
KW: He does.
Reporter: You put a lot of weight in decision-making on Travis in nearly every play he runs.
KW: There's a lot of moving parts. There's a lot of ball handling that has to go on. You know, we fake the fly sweep and throw the swing, or fake the fly sweep, read the defensive end for the read-zone. I mean, there's a lot of reads that he's making on just about every run play or on that swing screen.
His mind and his decision-making is very much like Alex Smith in that regard. Alex made great decisions. Now, we're not running the option game that we were when we had Alex. We had the triple with the shovel option as well as the speed option. That's not part of what he's doing, but as far as the zone read and reading that defensive end on some of those fly sweep series, he's got a lot on his plate, and he's made very good decisions this year with that.
OK! Thanks guys!
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