Sept. 1, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University selected coaches and players quotes.
Coach Jeff Casteel
On Preparing for Liberty’s Offense
It is the unknown. We don’t have a whole lot to go on, not seeing the (Tommy) Beecher kid on tape. We know the (Mike) Brown is a great athlete, very explosive. They used him in a lot of different roles and I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up as the guy that is used in a multi-position role. How they are going to use him, we don’t know, but is always like that the first game.
We are just really trying to concentrate on ourselves and being physical and be a team that gets off blocks and tackles well and plays assignment football. If we can do that, hopefully that will give us a chance to be a good defense. We can’t worry about what they are going to do.
There are going to be a lot of new players out on the field for them. They have two offensive linemen back and a wide out or two, then everyone else is pretty much new.
On Najee Goode
He is getting better every day and again the test is Saturday. Practice doesn’t count, it does when we evaluate them, but we want to see guys make plays when the stands are full and the scoreboard is on. Najee has had a good camp and he had a good spring and I am hoping that he will continue to progress. We just want to see him start making plays in game situations and I think he is capable of that.
He has great speed. He is explosive. He is a guy that can bench 500 pounds and can run. Those are pretty good measures that make an explosive player. That is what he is.
On Progression Since Camp
I hurt my finger the first day of camp and that really slowed me down. I wasn’t playing to my full potential, now I have really picked up my game.
My finger is almost fully healed so I’m not scared to go out there and catch the ball. I’ve been out there full speed with no hesitation. I’ve been going hard and getting ready for the game on Saturday.
I think I have made more progress than I was supposed to. As far as getting the plays down, I think that went as I expected. As far as getting stronger in the weight room, I went way beyond what I ever thought.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to play this weekend. When my number is called, hopefully I can just do what I do and make plays.
On the first game
I try not to get too excited. I am trying to live in the moment right now with getting ready. I’m just going to try to execute the game plan. I don’t think it will hit me until Saturday.
The (2008) Syracuse game, I was injured, so it was hard to prepare for that game. I had an idea that I was going to play, but I wasn’t sure. I understood Pat (White) could not go because he had a concussion, but I couldn’t throw all week so I didn’t know. The closer we got to the game, the better I felt.
I don’t want to wear myself out and get too excited. That will carry out to the game, but like I said, I’m going to have to stay level headed.
On the receivers
(Alric) Arnett has long limbs. Bradley (Starks) can dunk a basketball, probably wind-mill it. He also has speed and great hands. I think all my receivers are versatile and we can do anything with Wes (Lyons), Arnett and Starks. We also have Jock (Sanders) so we are pretty good all of the way across the board.