Transcript of Head Coach Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference





Sept. 19, 2006

Opening Statement...
"We get to go to a great venue and play a really good football team. When you look at Tennessee, in all three phases they are really, really good. They are a point away from being 3-0. That's going to be a heck of a challenge. Tennessee is much improved."

On Erik Ainge...
"I didn't get a chance to watch Tennessee last year, but I'm impressed with Erik and he will continue to get better."

On the Tennessee defense...
"It's interesting. They've got some athletic guys in there, but the key is up front. Their defensive front is outstanding. It was fun watching the Florida front and the Tennessee front, and the Auburn front and the LSU front. They are amazing. Sometimes you watch on TV and it looks a little better than it does when you get the film on with the pause button, but they are good. Their secondary is solid. He has athletic linebackers back there and is doing things with those guys and trying to take some heat off of them by blitzing them and using their athleticism.

"Their front concerns me more right now. I'm not taking anything away from their linebackers, because they are athletic and fast, but I'm more worried about their front four, they are very good."

On going to Tennessee...
"It's going to be a fun environment. I'm looking forward to going down there and hopefully our guys are too."

On the Tennessee O-line...
"I think they're going against an awfully good defensive front there in Florida. If you watch them against Cal, they handled themselves just fine and same thing against Air Force. They were going against each other with two really good defensive lines and that's fun to watch."

On turnovers...
"We have to continue to work on that, talk about ball security, playing smart. That's the best thing we can do."

On the opponents this year...
"We've played some pretty good talent this year already. We'll know how good K-State is this weekend after they play Louisville. I think they'll shock some people personally after playing them. I know what Tennessee is about and I've stated how good they are because that's a good conference period. Hopefully that's gotten us ready to step into our conference. I know we won't be shellshocked by anybody because we've played some really good teams."

On the team's progression this year...
"I think we've made some progress too. The only issue I have is each week it's a different group, a different segment. At West Virginia it was our defense, at Kansas State is was our offense. We need to put all three phases together. That's what I'm looking for as we enter our conference schedule. Against Hofstra, our special teams went down a bit. We had some penalties and turnovers. Typically if two of the three segments play really well you've got a good chance to win. If you want to be really good, all three segments have to play well. It won't happen every week but you need it to happen a few times."

On the Vol walk...
"It's pretty impressive to see the Vol walk and I was really intrigued by all the players and fans. I don't know if it originated at Tennessee or LSU. I had a chance to work with a couple people who saw it at LSU and we implemented it at Ohio State and again here (at Marshall) and I think everyone who has seen it thinks it's a pretty neat thing. But the first time I saw it was at Tennessee."

On Marshall fans' support and wearing their green...
"I hope that Saturday just like at Virginia Tech (last season), when we head down to Tennessee, we see that green up there because that was really nice. That did a lot for our kids when we came out of the tunnel and saw that section of green, that really got us pumped. We would love to see that green at the game. Not looking ahead, but when we come home I would like to see a stadium filled with green as well. You go to Kansas State and all you see is purple, Tennessee is orange, etc...We have something special this year that no one else has with the movie coming out and the We Are Marshall story. Everything surrounding that is green and I hope at all of our games fans wear green."