Quotes/Notes/Video from Doc Holliday's Oct. 3 Press Conference
Charlotte week information below
Press Conference Video
Every game becomes critical game now and our guys need to understand that. Preparation is the key to this game. If you look at Charlotte they played their best game last week at FIU. Their offense is around their quarterback. They changed coordinators prior to the FIU game. You better stop him or you have no chance of stopping Charlotte. We need to have a good week before we have to go play another game on the road which will require a lot of leadership and toughness.
On Charlotte's quarterback Klugh:
What separates him from other mobile quarterbacks is there are guys who are mobile and there are guys who are fast. And if he gets on the perimeter he can outrun you. He outran us a year ago. With him you better contain him, you better make sure you stay inside-out on him. He is not only mobile, he can beat you with his feet. He's a threat on the perimeter every time he touches the ball.
He's a dangerous guy. We'll take a guy this week who's not a quarterback who can run really well and put him at quarterback to give us an opportunity to hopefully emulate his speed.
On quarterback protection:
It's a combination of three things. The offensive line had three freshmen play most of the game on Saturday. Alex Mirabal has done a tremendous job developing these young guys. Part of it is Chase, his awareness in the pocket. And a lot of it is Todd [Goebbel] and how play calls are concerned. The play action, moving the pocket, and doing something different things to help the offensive line. It's a combination of all of those things.
On what he is proud of regarding Chase Litton:
I'm proud of his grasp of the game. He's become bigger and stronger and I'm happy with his approach to everything he has done. I'm proud of the kid. He's a captain this week. He's grown so much as a person and as a player. That's a credit to him, to Todd, and all those guys because he's done everything we've asked him to do. The way he handles himself on the field, off the field, he does what a quarterback should do. He has the intangibles that you need to be a quarterback now.
On other two captains vs. Charlotte:
Our defensive captain will be Ryan Bee, who continues to play really well and Tony Pittman on special teams.
On the running game:
We've gotten better at running the football. Number one, our backs have gotten better. Our offensive line has gotten better. When we've had to run the football in the past two games in the fourth quarter, we've had the ability to do that. We'll continue to get better. We're not even close to being where we need to be.
Going into last week's game, I felt we needed to play our best overall game in all three phases. I thought we did that, and we need to continue to do that. We've got to continue to be the best team on that particular Saturday in all three phases. To do that, you've got to keep getting better.
On Kaare Vedvik and special teams:
I don't think we've ever had a guy do all three things [kicks, kickoffs, punts] and he's doing all three things really well which is great. He's a weapon for us. He's a tough kid. A lot of times, teams aren't kicking the ball to us but we're getting the ball at the 50, or the 35, or the 30 and we'll take that. The actual return on that may be 15 yards, but at the end of the day, you have great field position.
On Cody Mitchell catching short kickoffs:
You have to have an adjustment for sky kicks. We've had Cody Mitchell there all along because he's a trustworthy guy and makes great decisions. He knows we have Marcel Williams back there at the 10 yard line, so we moved Cody up and if he's going to catch the ball he's going to catch them at the 35 or so. Marcel can get everything behind him. Cody Mitchell is a good football player.
On the team's mentality ahead of Juwon Young's return:
This is a fun team to be around. We've won a bunch of games prior to what happened a year ago, but this team is a fun bunch. They like being around each other, they're tremendous. They have a lot of respect for Juwon because Juwon is a really good player, but also for his work ethic and the way he goes about his business. They have a lot of respect for him and they're glad he's back. They're looking forward, as I am, to watching him play. I'd say you'll see him pretty early [on Saturday].
On being 3-1 heading into conference play:
All along, our goal is the win the conference championship. That'll never change here. Our guys understand that once you get into conference play, every game is critical. Preparation has to reflect that and practices have to reflect that. At the end of the day, I sound like a broken record, but I say every week somebody gets beat who shouldn't. Nobody in this room thought Troy was going to beat LSU. You better be prepared every week.
On getting the road win out of the way:
I think we've played well on the road. We made some mistakes at NC State but I thought we played extremely hard and extremely well. I don't think there's any doubt we can go on the road again and play the way we have played. Two things have to happen when you go on the road: you have to take your leadership and toughness. I think we are a tough football team, I believe that. We're up to 12 different captains in four games, which tells me we have a foundation of pretty good leadership on this team. If we have the proper leadership and toughness, which I think we do, we'll be fine.