Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes
Nikita Whitlock had 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and forced a fumble last weekend vs. Georgia Tech.

Nikita Whitlock had 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and forced a fumble last weekend vs. Georgia Tech.

Oct. 5, 2010

Press Conference Video: Grobe | Adams | Ford | Haynes | Whitlock

Head Coach Jim Grobe

On the quarterback situation heading into the Navy game ...
"Sky [Jones] has turf toe. He looked good last night, but we didn't ask him to do a whole lot. Tanner Price is back right now, and that's a good thing. It looks like Brendan Cross has a sore non-throwing shoulder, and Ted Stachitas will be out. Right now it looks like Tanner Price and Sky Jones going into this Saturday."

On maintaining a level of offensive consistency with so many injuries at quarterback ...
"It's impossible. It's not a tough job, it's an impossible job. One of the things that you worry about is the amount of reps you give guys during the week. Last week we gave each quarterback a third of the reps because we didn't know who would be the best guy in the game or who would be the most durable, and as it turned out, we needed all three."

On the improvement of the team from game to game ...
"Honestly, I was very pleased the other night [against Georgia Tech] with the improvements that we made. We scored 20 points with Sky - who I wouldn't say is our fourth-string quarterback, but that is where he was after the first couple of games. I thought he did a nice job, and then defensively, that's the best we've played against the wishbone since I've been here. The kicking game was a little bit lacking at time, mainly because I didn't think we punted the ball well early. That got better during the game. Overall, we've improved as a football team a lot since the first week until now. We're just playing a lot of good teams.

On the team's confidence against Navy's wishbone offense, having played the same type of offense last week ...
"It lets us now that we're capable of playing against the offense. We can certainly look at things we did wrong, so we can correct those mistakes. One of the issues is that Navy now has a good beat on us. They saw how we attacked Georgia Tech, so they'll have a pretty good plan and have some wrinkles for us that we don't expect. One of the other issues is that we're beat up a little bit. That's a physical offense, and to go against it two weeks in a row makes it tough."

On the level of respect for Navy's football team because of what they do for our country...
"We absolutely respect what they do for our country and what they're going to do for our country, but we can't go to sleep at the wheel and not play football. We've got to go into the game with the mentality that we're going to play tough, hard-nosed football and play to win for four quarters. After the game we can shake hands, pat them on the back and tell them how much we appreciate them. This is a football team that has an attitude, and they're tough and going to come after us."

On how Navy QB Ricky Dobbs compares to Georgia Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt ...
"They're very similar. I would not say there is much difference. Ricky Dobbs isn't as big as Josh Nesbitt, but he might be a little faster. They both throw the ball really well. The good thing for both of those guys is that their supporting casts are really good. That's what we see in Navy. It's not just Ricky Dobbs. Their other 10 guys are good players, too."

On the importance of getting off to a good start against Navy ...
"The problem that you have with option football teams is that you don't get to see it very much, so a lot of times it takes you a little while before you start getting the speed of the game. We're going to practice against all of the wishbone option plays, but when you get to the game, the speed is so much better that it takes you a while to catch up. The point we made last week against Georgia Tech, and the point we're trying to make against Navy, is to get off to a quick start so we don't have to play catch up."

Josh Adams, RS senior running back

On the status of the quarterback situation... "I think that most of our quarterbacks are back in good shape, they just have some minor issues with their shoulder, their back, and their foot. All of them seem to be back practicing including Tanner [Price], so they're really all back in the lineup."

On the team's confidence level after three tough losses... "We've still got confidence. We still believe in one another, and we know we're right there. We're that close, and it's like coach said, once we get tired of losing we're going to start winning, so I think it's about that time for us to really turn this thing around."

On what it's like to play a service academy... "Coach tells us a lot, these guys go die for our country, so coming out to play football for their team and playing the other teams is like a walk in the park. They enjoy doing it. It's fun for them. They are a very disciplined team. They're very physical and they're not going to stop until there's no time left on the clock."

On the importance of winning for Homecoming... "I think it's definitely important to come out with a win on Homecoming. You don't get many, and I remember my freshman year, we played Liberty and we won that game, so it was a huge game for us. We're going to have a lot of people there supporting us and wishing us the best of luck, so it would definitely be nice to come out with a victory."

On crossing the 2,000-yard barrier against Georgia Tech... "It's a great feeling. It's just something that each player tries to look forward to. Despite me going over 2,000 yards, we still didn't come out with a victory, so when it's all said and done, I wasn't as happy with the outcome. I just want to go out each week and give it my all along with my teammates, and we just want to come together and get a victory."

Cameron Ford, RS junior, tight end:

On quarterback injuries...
"Tanner's concussion is getting better, he's healthy now and throwing the ball pretty well in practice, so I think he'll be back to his regular playing time."

On the challenges the offense has faced without having a consistent quarterback...
"Injuries happen in football, so you just have to be able to adjust to it. You worry about your own position and not what the other guy is doing, but it definitely helps having the same guy in there."

On the attitude and confidence levels of the team after three tough losses...
"They have been three tough losses, but I just don't think we're a 2-3 team. I think we're a lot better than our record shows, and a lot of the guys are really working hard to make sure we step our game up this week. Navy's tough, and we're going to have a tough game on our hands, but the coaches are going to get us ready."

On the frustrations of the past two games...
"It's definitely been frustrating not getting the wins. It's relatively early in the season, but we're going to have plenty of time to come back, starting with this week. It's going to be a tough game, but we're going to have a good chance to get enough wins to go to a bowl game this year, hopefully, so we're going to start working towards that now."

On the challenges of playing against a service academy, knowing football is the easiest part of their days...
"It's definitely tough, but we know that they're working hard and they're always scrappers and fighters. They will come at you every play. It's really fun to play those guys because you know how much they love the game, so it's just a fun game for us."

On the team's familiarity with Navy...
"I don't think it's ever easy to play that kind of team. They always come at you every play, and their offense can run off a lot of yards on you, so it's never easy to play them, but we are familiar with them and we treat this game like it's a big game, considering our current losses right now."

Hunter Haynes, RS senior linebacker

On the defense's recent fourth quarter struggles... "I don't know if there was a difference between the first three quarters and the fourth. I think that this past weekend in the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech found some things that they were doing well. They have some great players and they're a great team. They just had some guys that made some plays and we really needed somebody to step up, but we couldn't find a play that would work in the fourth quarter on that last drive. As a defense that really hurts to have something like that happen."

On the frustrations after three straight losses... "It's been very frustrating. As a football player you work your whole offseason and your whole life to win on Saturdays, so when it doesn't happen obviously we're disappointed. We've got a great group of guys who have always been hard workers and I still see that in all of their eyes, so I know we'll get back to work and have good practices."

On the improvements of the defense this season... "The young guys who were out there for the first time earlier this season look like they've been there, they know what they're doing, and they're not getting rattled. A lot of young guys have been playing very well. It's exciting to see them finally translating the practice field onto the game field."

Nikita Whitlock, RS freshman nose guard:

On the confidence levels of the team after three tough losses...
"The confidence level is as high as it could be coming off three tough losses. Of course, it takes a shot at your morale, but as a team, we're just looking forward to the next game. We have to start with one W(in)."

On the frustrations of the past two weeks, especially after the close loss to Georgia Tech...
"It's frustrating, and of course the Georgia Tech game was a heartbreaker, but the only thing that you can do is to do your job. So, I think as a team we're just focused on doing our assignment, and of course against an option team, that's all you can do. You try to make your plays, and now we're just focusing on doing our assignment."

On whether or not the defense is showing improvements as the season progresses...
"I believe we've made significant improvement since the Stanford game, which was not our best showing. I think we did really well in the Florida State game, but I would have liked to have seen fewer points on the board. Then in the Georgia Tech game, I think we did exceptionally against an option team, holding them to under 200 rushing yards."

On the respect level for the Navy players...
"They put their lives on the line and will protect our country, so we'll always have respect for them. But right now, I'm looking at the game as just one more game. I respect them, don't fear them, and I'm going about my business."

On the similarities of the triple option run by Georgia Tech and Navy...
"Georgia Tech isn't the same offense at Navy. They're a little bit more powerhouse and they hit you a little bit harder. But, Navy is more like technicians. When they cut you, they're going to cut you, so be ready for it. When they come at you with your helmets, make sure you have your shin guards on and your hands down because Navy is tenacious. They're really good at what they do. But playing the option against Georgia Tech really helped us."

 

 

 

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