Mark Snyder Press Conference Quotes


Mark Snyder

Mark Snyder

Sept. 23, 2008

Mark Snyder Press Conference - Marshall vs. West Virginia

September 23, 2008

Opening Statement...

It was a good win. We went down to a soggy Hattiesburg. I thought the kids had a very good road focus. It was a good win for us. We're coming back to play a very good West Virginia team. A very well coached West Virginia team. There is a reason that they were ranked in the top-10 just a few short weeks ago. I turned on the film hoping to see a different team, and I didn't. They are still very talented and well coached. They are within about a foot or foot and half from scoring on any given play and hanging forty on somebody every week. I was very impressed with their defense. They will come up and hit you. Their special teams are solid. We need to match their special teams. I don't know that there is a "winning" the special teams battle this week. We just need to match them. Overall, I'm happy for our state. We've kind of balanced up the table a little bit. I think we matchup better with them than we did. We've got to go play an exceptional football game. We have to limit the penalties. We have to limit the turnovers and make big plays. We have to tackle in space this week. We've got to play better than we did against Southern Miss.

On how long it took for attention to turn to WVU ...

Once we wrapped up the awards Sunday it was on to West Virginia. There was a little chatter on the plane Saturday night. We've got a little chemistry going and a little confidence. You can feel that a little bit. As soon as we wrapped up the awards Sunday all the attention went to WVU.

On the WVU defense ...

I was very impressed with their defense. That is the first side of the ball that I usually watch. They match up very well with us on that side of the ball. What they do is a good matchup for our offense. Our offensive line has a whale of a challenge in front of them. The fourth rusher comes from a lot of different places. I've just been very impressed with them.

 

 

On Marshall running the football ...

It was good at the end of the game last week. We started running the ball a little bit. We started knocking some people of the ball it was good to see.

On WVU's backfield ...

They are all good players. It is going to be a challenge. The good news for us is that they are a little bit like Memphis. They going to run you side-to-side and stretch you vertically. You have to stay fresh. That's where our offense comes in. They've got to keep us off the field. We've got to tackle in open space. We've done that for the most part. I saw some swarms around the football Saturday against Southern Miss and that was good to see. That's because we're fresh. We've got people to roll in. It's going to be a heck of a challenge for us. I've said it before. I think Pat White is the most explosive player in college football. I am not changing my opinion. You put on the Colorado film, and it's just fun just to watch him. It's a little bit like watching (Darius Passmore) run. Unfortunately, I have to go up against him this week.

On the 3-3-5 defense ...

That is a good system against that type of spread scheme that a lot of schools are going to now days. They showed in the Fiesta Bowl that it was affective against a power running team, which shocked just about everybody. There are some seams. You are going to have the ability to pop a couple of big plays, some 20 or 30 yarders. The question is, can you sustain a drive? That's what I don't see happening against West Virginia. You cannot sustain a drive. That's what happened in the East Carolina game. It was three big plays for 21 points. They (ECU) had one drive, where they had a field goal. Same thing at Colorado. We're not going to change who we are. When the plays are there to be made then we have to make the play. Whatever those plays happen to be game plan wise.

On the differences in WVU from last year to this year ...

They are about a yard or a half-yard from being the same. It just hasn't gone their way lately. They are going to win a lot of football games. They are very well coached. I thought I would turn on the film and see a bunch of differences and I don't. They are just a foot away from breaking it the distance on a whole bunch of football plays. As I rewind it back, I see a guy trip over somebody's foot, or the defensive coach gambles and stunts right into the play. Things of that nature. That's part of football, but they are still very dangerous.

On WVU coach Bill Stewart ...

He is made of the right ingredients. He can go out and recruit. His players are going to want to play hard for him. Any time you have some transition it takes a little while. It doesn't just happen like that. They are going to be fine. He is a super, super football coach. He has a super staff and they have some super football players. They are going to be just fine.

On the intensity of the rivalry with WVU ...

It's not going to be friendly Saturday. The governor stepped in and made this thing happen. It's great for our state and I think Bill (Stewart) understands that. Our deal was to make this game competitive. I think we're getting closer to that. Talk is cheap, but I think we are getting closer to catching up with them. That's when it becomes fun.

On the excitement of the Marshall players from W.Va. ...

Yesterday was our day off so I really didn't get a chance to see them. I would assume they are excited. Really the only one I've talked to is Tyler Warner. We had a conversation about some dreams and things like that.

On Craig Ratanamorn ...

He won't practice today. I don't know if I'll let him kick until Thursday.

On WVU's defense playing better against Colorado in the second half ...

It wasn't a scheme adjustment or anything. Colorado struck quick and obviously that was their game plan. After that the defense came to life and played a lot better.

On Mark Cann's growth ...

I think it's going to help him. I hope so. We'll see Saturday. I think we're through that stage with him. He's been through some tough things. He's been through a wet day and a tough environment a couple of times. I think all of that we'll be to our advantage.

On not over pursuing this week ...

I don' t want to coach them down. We'll have to pull back the reigns a little bit. We are overrunning some plays. The good thing is that when we're overrunning the play, as they stutter their feet, here comes the swarm. That's the difference between this year and years past. We over pursue and then here comes all the pursuit form the back end.

On Pat White's ability to make big plays ...

That's why I think he is the most dangerous player. Every time he touches the ball, he is threat to score running or throwing. The problem is you can't hit him every play. You'd like to be able to hit him every time he does that little give read. Unfortunately, we're not allowed to. It's against the rules.

On Darius Passmore ...

Darius has done very well. We knew he had great speed, great hands and good body control. He's just a good football player.

On problems WVU had against Colorado ...

You always go back and have a correction day. I'm sure they've corrected those problems.

On the Marshall defensive lines improvement since Wisconsin ...

I think they are getting better each week. I tough they did o.k. at Wisconsin too. I've been pleased with them all year. I thought they've been very steady.

On his team's confidence at Southern Miss ...

I felt that they felt like we were going to win the whole game. I felt good the whole time. Really, that game wasn't as close as seven points. That's just my opinion. I even felt that on the sideline. We've got some silly things we need to get rid of like not being offsides on fourth down or not using timeouts on our first drive. Those things we can learn from both playing and coaching.

On Brandon Burns ...

He's going to play again this week. He's a good guy to have out there against theses type of spread teams. He's a big body. He's a good blitzer as you saw last week. He's long and rangy. He's been a pleasant surprise for us.

On John Shannon's play calling ...

He has a plan. He's not just calling plays to call out plays. There is a plan in place. I'm fortunate enough to have the head set on and to be able to listen. As a defensive guy you can just see his mind working. We threw the out on the sprint out and the out on the sprint out. This game we threw the out and up on the sprint out for six. He's sets plays up very nicely.

On playing Darius Marshall at quarterback ...

The quarterback is in the middle of the field because the quarterback is in the shotgun. Well, as soon as the quarterback is a tailback, you are out numbered defensively. You've got to do something with that free safety like bring him up. When you do that, if the kid can throw the football, you are in trouble defensively. We're trying to do what the spread teams that have an athletic quarterback are doing.