November 10, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University selected player quotes from Tuesday interviews.
On the Cincinnati game
I think we’re going to go out and give a complete effort in the game. We’ve had one complete game this year at Syracuse where we put up 21 points in the first quarter and we played pretty well in all aspects of the game. If we play another game like that, we should do pretty well.
On the Bearcats
They are pretty far up there as one of the best. We’re just going to have to go out and cover all of our assignments. A team like Cincinnati is already in their comfort zone so they will be coming into the game on a high horse and we need to be able to knock them off.
On what the Mountaineers have been working on
We emphasize to not obsess over one play or let that one play get us down. We need to make sure we stop them on the big plays, which is what we failed to do at USF. If we correct that and do it against the Bearcats we’ll be fine.
On his shoulder injury
My shoulder is better. It was hurting a little last week when the game started, and then I banged it up a little bit during the game.
On sitting out the rest of the game
Larry Ford wasn’t doing a bad job in there. I was only going to go in if the rushing game really started to come into form, but we held them and he did a good job.”
On the Bearcats
They are really good with a large amount of play makers on the offensive side of the ball, so it’s going to be really hard to contain them. They have (Tony) Pike coming back and their back-up (Zach Collaros) is just as good as him, so it’s going to be a tough game for us.
On his success this season
I don’t want people to think I got better just over the past couple games. I’d say this entire year has been a break through for me. I want to continue this through the last couple games and into a bowl game. By the end of this year I want to be able to say that I did a lot more than what I expected to do.
On his sacks last weekend
It may take you up to 20 pass rushes until you can actually get the quarterback just one time. One of the things that was going through my head in crunch time was that I was going to have to step in as a leader because a lot of our big players on the defensive line were out. It ended up working out.