Football: Coach Bill Stewart Quotes

  • September 28, 2010 03:15 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart quotes from Tuesday, September 28.

Opening Statement
I am still having a hard time letting the game against LSU go and it is time to let it go because it is a few hours past the loss. That ball game is behind us.

I am really pleased and really proud of the effort and the intensity that the Mountaineers gave.

On Noel Devine
When we got back at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Noel and the rest of the travel party had treatment. We also had two yesterday and some today, and we will run and lift this afternoon.

It was a bruised bone beneath his big toe. He is now fitted with an orthotic to fit his foot and help take some of the pressure off.

He came back in the game and ran tough. He was hurting really bad at halftime.

The good thing is that we don’t play this weekend and we are off till next Saturday, and by that time I know he will be fine. He will practice as normal.

I don’t think that his injury is so severe that we have to have an emergency plan, but if something were to happen we have Ryan Clarke and there is always Trey Johnson and Shawne Alston.

On Josh Jenkins
I am expecting him to be ready for our next game. I never want to overlook an opponent, but I really want him ready for the USF game. That is the first BIG EAST game and that is when I would like to have all of our starters back.

On the kicking game
Both kicks that were blocked this season have been low from what I saw, and then Tyler (Bitancurt) just missed the last one. They compete every day, but I am going to continue to watch Bitancurt. Right now he is still the incumbent.

He has made so many big ones in the past that missing a few now is not worrying me so much right now. I will talk to him about it. I don’t want to put a bad seed in his head. I am sure that he will get it worked out and make some big kicks before the year is out.

On Geno Smith
This weekend I learned how tough he is. He got hit, and he got hit in the mouth several times.

All the corrections will be made from the game as best as they can be and we will go from there.

I thought he did a good job and played as hard as he could play. He played in a tough venue and that was his fourth start – he is a 19-year-old kid.

On the punt coverage
The first punt, that guy was just faster than our guys. I don’t have anyone faster than him. The other punt return, we had a guard get out of his lane.

Kickoff return did an average job.

On getting over a loss
You want to make sure you put the loss at rest and make the corrections you need to. It goes back to leadership and how you respond to adversity. You go to work and get people to follow you.

After losing to Cincinnati last season, we all joined hands and pressed on till we lost our quarterback in the bowl game.

On the defense
I thought they played well. We played hard and physical and that is all you can ask anyone to do.

Our guys played with passion and to win. They also played with discipline for the most part and they played a tough team in one of the toughest venues in college football.

On Brandon Hogan
He played very well and he did want I told him to do.

On having an off week
I think having a week off helps teams like us because it gives us a chance to work on school and heal wounds. Our guys like to play, but we got in at 6 a.m., and losing that night of sleep throws you off track. It is going to be a long 10 days, because our guys want to play football.

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