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Quotes/Notes/Video from Doc Holliday's Sept. 12 Press Conference

Marshall's Doc Holliday
Sept. 12, 2017

Press Conference Video
Game Notes

Opening statement:

Artis Johnson will be our special teams captain. What a great addition and great kid he is. He came in as a [junior college] guy in January and has done a tremendous job, as has Marcel Williams, who was our captain last week. That's unusual to have two [junior college] guys come in and have the impact on your team that they have had. Chase Hancock will be the defensive captain. He had a tremendous game a week ago, as you all know. And Tyre Brady was special, so he will represent the offense.

The encouraging thing to me is that we have had eight different captains going into our third week, which means I feel good about the leadership developing in this football team. We have eight different guys who have, not only played extremely well, but have done a great job off the field.

On Kent State:

The Kent State game is going to be a tough game for us, especially because of what they do. Any time you play a team who runs that triple option, there's a lot of preparation that must take place. It's something that you don't see from your own offense. The ones we have worked against for the first two weeks have been totally different. It will be a challenge for us to make sure we get lined up and play the right way defensively.

More on Kent State:

We all know the type of team Kent is. The last time out with them, two years ago, it was an extremely tough and physical game that we fought our tails off to get out of there with the win. It will be a great challenge, just like every game is. It's the biggest game because it's the next one. The weather will be tremendous so I'm sure we will have a great crowd and we're excited and looking forward to Saturday.

On preparation for Kent State:

We started last night and got ahead a little bit, which helps the scout team because they got an extra night of figuring out what to actually do as far as running the actual plays. It will be tough to emulate, but we'll have to do the best we can. We've got our best guys on our scout team and we'll have our second team offense at times at practice emulate their offense so we can get as good of people as we can get against our defense. The speed of [the triple option] is something that's hard to adjust to so we've got to try to get that done in practice.



On facing the triple option:

Whenever you play a team like we're playing with Kent, you better have your eyes right and where they are supposed to be. You have to make sure you're executing your responsibilities because there are a lot of one-on-one responsibilities that are going to have to take place in order to stop that offense. Our eyes better be right or we'll have problems.

On difficulties of being over-aggressive on the run in the triple option:

You get your safeties involved in the running game and you're going to put your corners in one-on-one situations and that happens. They haven't thrown the ball much but when they do, they go for big plays. They can run by people if you don't have your eyes right and safeties committed to stopping the run. You have to commit so many people to stopping the triple option, but they can still throw the ball so our guys have to do a great job this week of preparing for that.

On C.J. Reavis:

We always need players. At the end of the day, we're going to play our best players (whether they're) seniors, juniors, sophomores or freshmen. We need C.J, we need them all.  When he gets the opportunity, he needs to go in there and make plays. If he does that, he'll play. He's a wonderful kid who works hard. We need them all.

On how teams may defend Brady, moving forward:

At the end of the day, if they're taking two people to bracket him, that's what we want. If it takes two people, then they lose someone in run support and it opens up some other areas. I would think after watching the tapes that there are a lot of people concerned about where he is and where he lines up. That only helps us in other areas. We haven't had that around here in a while where teams are concerned so much about one guy. If that's the case, then it helps us overall as an offense. When you have a guy out there who can make plays, it opens things up. It opens up the run game but it also opens up [Ryan] Yurachek, Marcel [Williams] and Willie [Johnson] as well.

On the Chase Litton-to-Brady connection:

If I was (Chase), I'd throw it to Brady too. But Chase did a great job (against NC State) of, not only getting Brady the ball, but he got it to Marcel [Williams] and a couple of other people. Just execute your reads or whatever we have called that play. He's done a great job of doing that and I don't think this week will be any different.

On Keion Davis and the running back corps:

He'll probably start at tailback this week. He has been very productive. Trey (Rodriguez) has done some great things too. We'll need all the guys. I want Tyler King to get in the game Saturday. Keion has been very productive when he's touched the football and he's earned more touches.

On the total effort at NC State:

When we walked out of there, there wasn't anyone that was happy at what happened. We went down there expecting to win, that's what you do. I thought the effort was tremendous. We need to eliminate a couple of things and improve in certain areas and keep getting better. We took great steps from game one to game two. We need to take that same step from game two to game three and keep improving offensively, defensively and in special teams.

On defending the triple option:

The thing about the triple option; you have to do all three. You have to take away the quarterback, the dive and the pitch. If you have one guy who doesn't execute, they'll take advantage of it. It's assignment football.