Mark Snyder Weekly Press Conference





Aug. 28, 2007

Mark Snyder Quotes
August 28, 2007

Opening statement ...
It's game week. You can feel the excitement in the air. We have a very formidable opponent to say the least. We're excited about going to the Orange Bowl with all the tradition that it has had. You think about all of the great games that were played in that stadium, it's pretty special.

On Miami naming Kirby Freeman as its starting quarterback ...
I think he's a very, very athletic quarterback. He is different. He poses different problems and more problems because he can run. They'll move the pocket with him. They're new offensive coordinator, that's what he did with Reggie Ball at Georgia Tech. We kind of knew that would be the case. If he doesn't perform well, I'm sure that they have total confidence to bring the other young man in too.

On Miami not being ranked right now ...
I think the key word is right now. There flying under the radar. Defensively they are very talented. Even if some of their guys don't play, they're still good. They're very deep and very talented. The key for them will be special teams and whether or not they can get that offense going. They definitely have the weapons to do it. If you look out wide they're very talented as well.

On new Miami coach Randy Shannon ...
I thought Larry Coker did a great job, but Randy (Shannon) is a great coach too. Randy is a native. He played there. He knows the community very well.

On kicking off from the 30-yard line ...
To try to shorten the game and create more fan excitement they moved the ball back on kickoffs. We worked a little extra on kickoff and kickoff return. Kickoff return is going to have to be your first play of offense. It needs to be a weapon. We talked to our kickoff team all the time about getting down there. We want to stop them, too. It's going to shorten the field for the defense a little bit. We'll still defer. We'll stick with what we've always done. It does open up some options with some different kicks. We won't change our philosophy.

 

 

On preparing his freshmen to play in the Orange Bowl...
I reminded them, just like every other coach across the country, that if they're going to play they need to be ready. They came to play big time college football and here it is. Let's go play.

On Marshall's passing game improving ...
I think it has. It will be hard to judge after this first week because their front seven is so talented. I think our talent is out wide. Not that we don't have some talent in the backfield. Now I think if we get the running game going, we've got a chance to be pretty decent on offense.

On the keys to winning the game ...
My key right now is not turning the ball over. We've got to play the game. It's their job to stop us, and it's our job to get first downs. The key is not to turn the ball over. We can't give the short field.

On Marshall's defensive front...
We're going to have to play some young guys. We'll have to see. I don't feel too bad about our front though. We're doing enough things with them that I think we'll be fine.