Quotes from Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference





Nov. 7, 2006

On East Carolina...
Obviously this is a special weekend for a lot of people invovled, but most importantly for the present time we are getting ready to go play an East Carolina team that is playing very well right now. Coach Holtz has his kids playing with a lot of confidence. They are excelling on both sides of the ball and in special teams. This is going to be a heckuva challenge.

On Matt Couch and Jon Moravec Earning Players of the Week honors...
I am proud of our guys for having two C-USA players of the week this week. What a compliment it is to our team and our kids.

On Marshall not giving up after the 1-5 start...
I was talking with my strength coach a couple of days ago and even when we were 1-5 we did not sense the guys giving up. It has been pretty smooth sailing since then. I don't know if we ever really lost them, we saw things we did not like and addressed it, but right now we are all full steam ahead and I am very proud of them.

On the quarterback situation...
We are going to hold him (Bernard Morris) out today and let him throw the rest of the week, so it will be status quo. The same thing we have been doing.

On Players stepping up each week...
How about Brian Shope? How happy are we for him? It was great to see him get back involved and be the player we all know he is. He along with Cody (Slate) and Emmanuel Spann, Marcus Fitzgerald and Hiram (Moore) all are making plays for us. You know thats what East Carolina is doing. When you look at their stats you see guys that are making plays.

On Bernard Morris and Jimmy Skinner...
You have got to give our quarterbacks credit. They are out there getting us into the right play and they are finding the right guy. Thats the thing they are doing out there that you guys don't know. You have to be awfully proud of both of those guys. What makes it really special is when Jimmy comes off the bench and he is able to do it too. Its amazing that they both talk to each other out there. When Bernard is not practicing he is back there talking to Jimmy about this and that and seeing what the defense is doing and vice versa. They do a great job of working together and I think Larry (Kueck) has done a great job of cultivating that relationship between those guys.

On communication between players...
We talk to our kids all the time about that, especially in special teams. I have my hand in special teams big time and we are always telling the kids to come talk to me or your teammates. When the guy coming off the field misses, tell him what you saw from the sideline. Thats when you become a good football team. When you get everybody doing that kind of thing. Then you have coaches that are playing instead of just players. Thats all part of the process of bringing this thing together.

On his involvement with the different phases...
I probably barred down a little bit on all three phases. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease. The one thing I am learning about being a head coach is you can't be everywhere. You just can't. As much as I thought I could as an assistant, you can't. There are just a lot of demands so the squeaky wheel gets the grease and thats my role as the head coach, balancing that.

On having momentum...
Its one of those things you can't buy. We always say winning breeds winning and losing can be habit forming. So I think its very important. Momentum and confidence and all the intangibles. Thats what makes this such a great sport.

On the expected large crowd at ECU...
I would be surprised if they didn't have a great crowd. We are just going to have to go in and play and have fun. We need to play the game we have been playing and take a little bit of the same attitude we had going into the game at UAB. We have great fans and I think we have sold our whole alottment of tickets for this game so we will have a great crowd there too.