Football: Coach Stewart Quotes
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart quotes from Tuesday’s news conference.
I also was pleased with our kicking team, especially Scott Kozlowski, the way he changed field positions. Offensively, I was not pleased. We are not clicking on the cylinders that need to be clicking, and we need to hit our stride this week.
That was a good win, but it was a win that needs to be polished. It is a win that we will take anytime in the BIG EAST, it just needs cleaned up. I am frustrated that we were 3-of-11 in third downs. That has not happened to us. We usually have led the league or have been second at the worst all year. We just did not complete the play on third down. Louisville had a lot to do with that. They played hard.
We had a tremendous practice last night; it was as good of one as we have had all season. Hopefully, that means our players are focused for this weekend’s game.
Injury wise, we are not as bad as we first anticipated. Jarrett Brown practiced for the offense, which was good to see. Noel (Devine) was running around last night without getting hit, which was good to see.
Defensively, Sidney Glover, Scooter Berry and Chris Neild were all moving around well. Josh Taylor is the only one now who seems to be of concern.
Looking ahead to this Friday night, we are anticipating a tough football game. We have played each other pretty tough over the years. I think it was four years ago they hit an upright with a field goal towards the end. Two years ago, it was 28-23 win. We were in command, and then we turned the ball over. They forced the turnovers, scored and then scored again and went for two. Going back to when Mark Dantonio was there and his staff, to now Brian (Kelly), we have been in tough football games with the Bearcats.
They have an explosive offense. I do not know who is going to play at quarterback and that is none of my business. That will be decided by Brian, and he is a sharp guy and has a great staff. I don’t really have any comment on the quarterback situation. I will say this; West Virginia has to play West Virginia football.
On what has made Cincinnati better
On the Bearcat’s receivers
Watching them (Cincinnati’s receivers), with Jeff (Casteel) on Sunday night, they come and there is no wide outs. They have a quick throw, and it is second and two. Next play there is one running back, and they get a first down. Next play, no wide outs, they get a six-yard pass, break a tackle and the get a 30-yard gain. That is what is so tough, they get rid of the ball.
On WVU’s defense against Cincinnati
Whatever your defense is, you are always going to give up something. The three-three stack, we think, stops the run, because the way we attack.
On trusting your team with injuries
They are very honest young men. I am the luckiest coach in the world, because I have the greatest young men that anyone can ask for.
On UConn against Cincinnati
On Jarrett Brown
On Jock Sanders
On busing to Cincinnati
By the time you get to an airport by bus, transfer all of your luggage and people, then bus from the airport to Cincinnati, it has already been four and a half hours.
On Julian Miller
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