Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference





Sept. 26, 2006

The following is a transcript of Marshall University head football coach Mark Snyder's weekly Tuesday press conference:

Opening comments...
"We had the opportunity to go down and play at a great venue against a very good football team last week. I feel like our football team got better after watching the film in all three phases. Now we are excited to come home and get in front of our fans."

On the extra prep time with a Wednesday game...
"The extra time gives you a chance to get healed up a bit with the bumps and bruises and it gives you a chance to go back and work on some fundamentals. We can go back and self-scout ourselves and look at some things that have hurt us. It gives you a chance to sit back and re-group and re-focus on the conference."

On the first three games of the season and the difficult schedule...
"The most disappointing part is going 1-3. That hurts and it hurts deeply. You have to be careful, because winning is a habit, and so is losing. There is a very fine line there. What I am most pleased with is we came out of it healthy against some really good competition. I also think I have a pretty good feel for my football team, in terms of where we are at. I have never played, at anywhere I have been, a schedule like this."

On the team's confidence...
"I feel really good about our football team. We are fine. They know who we have played. I have an old saying that coaches can fool coaches, but coaches can't fool players. They know. The good thing is we know as well where we are exactly as a program and we need to get better. That's our goal to get better.

On UCF playing Southern Miss on Television Tuesday...
"I enjoy watching TV games, because it gives you a different perspective when you watch it in real time. The announcers sometimes give you a tidbit of information that, when you are watching film, hitting the rewind button you don't get to hear. I enjoy watching games even when it is not a team I am going to play. You also get to hear the crowd and feel the emotion of the game. The one thing about watching film is you don't get to feel the emotion of the game and the momentum."

On Marshall fans ...
"My hat is off to our fans that traveled to Tennessee last week. That helped a lot to have those folks there. We are going to need everybody, wearing their green, next Wednesday when UCF comes in here. I can't tell you enough about how much it helps to have your fans behind you."

On Marshall's confidence at UT ...
"You can tell by your team's body language. I felt it at the end of the second quarter, at halftime, in the third quarter, and in pre-game. I felt really good about my football team."

Looking at Conference USA...
"I haven't been able to (watch much C-USA football) yet. That's why this is so exciting, yet nerve racking. We will know come next Wednesday, but this is my first chance to really take a look at our conference on the field."

On Marshall's offensive personality through three games...
"No, not yet (shown it all together). We have not yet put all the pieces together and that's something I have challenged are offense with. My question was - can we run the football? And we pushed it several times against a pretty good defensive front, with good linebackers, and a good secondary on Saturday. That was very pleasing to see. You guys (media) all saw what their 89-yard run did, I sure would like to see some of those go our way, because it opens up so many other things."

On the Defense and Special Teams...
"I thought they (Defense) played pretty well and I think our special teams as a whole have done some good things on returns and we have had a couple of opportunities to block punts. So I am pleased with where we are headed."

On Friday's 1 p.m. Sub-Varsity Game...
"It is very important from a recruiting standpoint. You are going to see us play a lot of walk-ons, guys who are not red-shirted, and guys who have not played in every game. I know coach Donnan played these games some while he was here and I know that we have recruited some great players from these schools. We want to make sure we continue to have a strong relationship."

On the running game against the Vols...
"I thought Ahmad (Bradshaw) and Chubb (Small) both had a great day Saturday. They ran the ball well and had great ball security. We saw both those guys getting extra yards and the effort was really good."

On the D-line at Tennessee...
"I thought we got better. It helped to have Juan (Underwood) back in there and Bilal did a good job. I thought Albert (McClellan) did very well, in fact, coach Fulmer asked me after the game who number 96 was and I think he has a chance to be a very good player for us."

On redshirting several underclassmen...
"You have to look at the big picture. We (the coaches) would all love to play Mike Janac, because we think he can be a good player for us, but we know that four years down the line he can be even better. There are several guys like that that we are not going to play (this year), because of the big picture. We are going to build this thing, re-boot it, and have what we are going to need in the future."