Football: Coach Bill Stewart Quotes
By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart quotes from Tuesday's news conference
I thought we had some very fine performances by several people and we had a heck of a game plan. I was really proud of the coaches and the way we attacked. But in football, the ball doesn’t always bounce your way and we got bit at the end with turnovers and not taking control of the game when we thought we had a chance to. I compliment those who played down there. It was neat to play that game and it was fun to adjust to the rain and the whole deal.
Scooter (Berry) has shown some good signs of mobility. I was in the training room with those guys on Sunday and his range of motion is getting better. Reed (Williams) is making great headway. I think he would have been ready this week and now that we have that extra time, I don’t foresee any problems with him.
On coaching after a loss
You have to look at the total picture. What did you do well? I really don’t care who we are playing this week. All I care about is, ‘what can we do to become as good as we can possibly be.’ We look at the positives, the negatives and the things that are 50-50.
On changing play calling
With play calling, you just have to figure out what you do best in crucial times. I didn’t want to leave any bullets in the holster. I want to be aggressive. However, if you have injured players like we did at Syracuse last year. Then you are going to have to hand the ball off and work the clock. We are going to be aggressive in all three phases of the game.
On kickoff coverage
Robert Sands was in there, Jordan Roberts was in, Matt Lindamood was in and Trippe Hale was back. He was an explosion. He was in on three big hits. He is a homeboy down there and when I put him in that lineup, it was the best thing I did. It was fun to see him get back in the swing of things.
On earning a starting position
On being aggressive and dealing with turnovers
When Geno (Smith) went in, he came open, had a beautiful read, then he stepped on a lineman’s foot and the sack got him. That tells you that it is coming. They know where to go with the ball and when to get in there.
On Geno Smith
On Jarrett Brown
If we had a game this week, Jarrett would be starting if the soreness was out. It is just a sore bruise, kind of like Syracuse last year, but it is his non-throwing arm. As tough as Jarrett Brown is, he would play if we had a game this weekend. That is just how he is and that is why I love him.
On Auburn’s passing game
On Colorado’s passing game
Tomorrow, we are going to do an inside drill against each other, we are going one-on-one and we are going to play Mountaineer football for two days. I don’t care who we play, we are going to get better at blocking and tackling. That is the main priority on Wednesday and Thursday. Then on Friday, we will do more special teams, back to two-minute drills and get ready for Colorado.
On Noel Devine’s size and toughness
The other night, seven flat out ran over two or three guys. He is a tough man.
I think if you spread the defense out and give the ball to seven, there are lanes and creases and he can hit them. I am so impressed with his burst. When the ball touches his hands, watch how fast his feet turn.
Number nine (Jock Sanders), when we get the ball to him, he is exploding, too. These guys are playing with great explosion and that is telling me that what Mike Joseph is doing is paying off. They are fresh and they are strong.
On Jock Sanders
On Bradley Starks
We would like to put him in a wildcat. Starks can pass the ball.
On Coach Mullen’s progress as a offensive coordinator
I know our sill level is pretty good. Look at Bradley Starks, Alric Arnett, Wes Lyons and Jock Sanders out there on the flank and two tight ends with Will Johnson and Tyler Urban. Then you have Noel and Jarrett in the back field being able to run that ball that is a lot of talent. Now are we ready to be kingpins of football? No, we are still a work in progress. I really like what we are doing and I like the aggressiveness. We are not going to back off. I want to take the ball and stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally. We have always done a good job at stretching the field horizontally, but never that well vertically, and that is what we are doing.
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