Aug. 28, 2007
"Finally football is upon us. It's the best time of the season I think for everybody, that's why you're here.
We are certainly excited about opening the season; we are tired of hitting each other. We are looking for another opponent; Southeast Missouri (State) is on the schedule and we are prepared to play.
Today we will go through what we consider our "Perfect Practice Thursday." We will be in helmets and shoulder pads, it will be a very fast practice, it will be a shorter practice and it will culminate really for us a very good camp a very good preseason where we learned a lot about our football team.
I think we have now established who we are which is very important going into a season I think a lot of times we get caught up in who is the starting tackle, who's the starting quarterback, we needed to find out who we were and I think we've done that. This is a team that does not have many superstars but has a lot of depth. And you'll see a lot of players play for us this season which you're going to need in the BIG EAST. This is a physical brand of football and you're going to need to have a next man in philosophy, which we do. "
ON SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE:
ON STARTING QUARTERBACK Ben Mauk:
"It's really more about our preparation and how we play than the opponent itself. I've been in this game 17 years and our team will respect everybody we play, but fear nobody. We respect Southeast Missouri State, but it's really going to be about how we perform and how we execute.
I know Tony Samuel very well. I know that he'll have his football team believing that they can come in here and do something dramatic, so our kids have heard that from me and are prepared for that.
The concerns I have going in obviously are the same concerns that every football coach has in the opening game, mistakes. Not playing smart football and obviously concerned with special teams like everybody else is in there opener. All those little things that coaches talk about, we've taken what I consider great pains in making sure we are prepared for our opener."
"As you know we've settled on a quarterback. Ben Mauk
is going to be our starting quarterback.
I think that's noteworthy, in that here's a young man that transferred in and had no spring practice, was coming off of a very significant injury, but has shown in a very short period of time that he can run our offense.
I think that's significant. The most important thing for us is now to get out and play and be able to gauge where we are as a football team."