Quotes/Notes/Video from Doc Holliday's Sept. 26 Press Conference|
Sept. 26, 2017
Press Conference Video
We're back into game week preparation. Our guys understand that they have a great challenge ahead. We have to have a great week of preparation and that started last night. We kind of jumped ahead our ourselves and got a Tuesday practice in last night at 7 p.m., under the lights, which is of course what time we will play on Saturday so that was good. We have to come back and have a good day today. Our kids understand the challenge they have. They have to have a great day everyday of preparation to go up against these guys.
If you look at Cincinnati, they're an excellent football team. They're well-coached and, offensively, it starts with their quarterback. He started to get into rhythm [in the team's previous game] against Navy. He threw for over 300 yards and he's an excellent player. They have great skill, they have an experienced offensive line up front, and they have an excellent tailback. He's been out since the Michigan game but he will probably be back against us. They're very aggressive on defense. They tackle well in space so, like I said, it will be a great challenge for us.
On playing at Cincinnati:
I think it's a great game for us and our fans. They can get in the car and drive two and a half hours up the road so it will be a great venue for our fans and for us. So again, we need to have a great week of preparation for this team.
On the run game:
We have become more consistent running the ball. You can't become one-dimensional. We have to take what the defense gives us and we've done a good job of that in the past. In the fourth quarter against Kent State, our guys did a good job of blocking. Tyler King came in and gave us a spark and hopefully he can give us the same spark Saturday against a good defensive front.
On Tyler King boosting confidence for the offense:
Anytime you get a tailback in there who does a good job, they make that offensive line look good at times. Those holes don't have to be as big and you don't have to block as long. If you have a guy who is talented back there they feed off each other, which is good. It didn't surprise me when he went out there and did what he did.
On all three phases:
We've done some really good things. I think the thing that is going to be critical this week is putting all three phases together. Throughout our three games, we've played extremely well on defense at times, on special teams at times, and extremely well on offense at times. Any time you go on the road and are going up against a team like we're going to play, you have to be the best team on the field that day. And that means all three phases. That's got to be our goal this week; to go out and execute in all three phases the way we are capable of doing.
On not making mistakes on the road:
I think mistakes can be made anywhere. You can't make mistakes anywhere, but you're right to an extent on the road you're going in to hostile crowds. Anytime you go on the road you better be a tough football team mentally and you better take your leadership with you.
On already playing on the road:
We had a lot of guys go on the road for the first time at NC State and I don't think it phased them a lot. We have to go play with the energy and toughness that we played with. When you go on the road you can't have mistakes and penalties and walk out of there with a win. It will be important to go there and take care of the ball and play mistake-free football to have a chance to get the win.
On the Cincinnati offense:
The good thing about this week is we had a lot of time to prepare for them. We've kind of seen it all in the first three games. Cincinnati will be similar to us offensively, they're a spread offense and that quarterback makes them go. He throws it and is involved in the run game at times. One of the things they do well is the screen game. We have to make sure we're well prepared for that.
On Cincinnati Head Coach Luke Fickell:
He holds people accountable. He understands it's a personnel-driven game. You better recruit and you better have players to start with. He does a tremendous job developing players. He coaches them extremely hard and they're a physical and tough team. I'm sure a lot of the things [Fickell] is doing at Cincinnati is similar to what we do. They're extremely well-coached.
On captains for Cincinnati:
Captains this week will be Chase Hancock on defense, Chocolate [D'Andre] Wilson on special teams, and Levi Brown will be the offensive captain.
On Cincinnati's matchup against Miami:
You can take a lot from the tape. Cincinnati found a way to win that one at the end. Miami was up a couple touchdowns with not a whole lot of time left in the game. One thing I take from that is that they continue to fight, and they did the same thing at Navy last week. In the last two, three minutes of the game they were still in it. They found a way to scratch and stay in it.
You can see how you stack up against them personnel-wise because you played that particular team. We played Miami and we have a pretty good idea of how they are so it does help to an extent having a common opponent.