Tommy Tuberville Press Conference Quotes - Sept. 17, 2013
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Sept. 17, 2013


Quotes from Tommy Tuberville's Weekly Press Conference

Opening Statement...

"We are ready to get back to the practice field today, our guys are excited, we had a good game last week and a lot of good team morale. A lot of different players got to play. We had a good practice Sunday, the day off yesterday and now, we're getting ready for Miami (OH). We'll have a team meeting in about an hour where we'll talk about the Victory Bell. We'll have a couple guys stand up and talk about what it means, and what it's meant to them since they've been here, obviously mostly seniors. Rivalries are for alumni, former players and fans to talk about. They're always great and that's what makes college football fun. It kind of separates us from other leagues because of the rivalries we have all across the country, and it's talked about, it's thought about, and it's something fun that you can talk about when you're a player for years to come about how you played and how the outcome was. I've had the chance to coach in several of them over the years, and they're a lot of fun, I can reflect back on those and the fun that we had preparing, and the fun you had winning, or the things that happened when you lost. Other games that you played in or that you coached in, you don't remember quite as well. So we're excited about it. It's a different type of football team that we're playing, Miami (OH) is an option team, and they've gone with more of the Georgia Tech option; two wing backs, one full back, and a quarterback. They're a predominantly run team, they do throw it sometimes, but are predominantly a ball control team. They've had an open date, so we really don't know what to expect in terms of changes. But they are a multiple team, they do run other types of formations, and do throw the ball, but they base it pretty much out of the old wing wishbone look. Defensively they are very similar to us. Very similar to what we've seen in the past. We'll have some carry over from our defense with our offense so we'll be able to go against our defense quite a bit in order to prepare for the game. But, it's another game on the schedule, it is an away game for us, we hope we can carry a lot of fans up to Miami, and hopefully it's a good game for us. We need to continue to get better. We are a team that has a lot of talent. A lot of older talent, and younger talent, but we need to keep putting this team together and play better this week as we did last week. So this is good that this is our last out of conference game, and we are 2-1 and we hope to come out of it with a winning record, obviously, getting ready for an open date, and getting ready for our first conference game in three weeks. It should be a fun atmosphere and it should be a fun time for all."


How difficult it is to prepare for Miami's offense because it's something you don't see often...

"It's actual easier to prepare for an offense like this because you don't run that many fronts or coverage's and you aren't able to blitz that much and so you have to condense it down because they have only so many formations that they can run the offense out of. So it might not be easy to defend but you condense your package and that's probably the reason they have gone to something like this, there is only so many ways you can defend it and they probably have seen all of them. You have to continue to work on that offense to make it better; they will try to outnumber you they try get more people at the point of attack and they try to get a quarterback that can read and be able to take advantage of what an defensive end does or a linebacker does and take the ball outside and try to outnumber you with the option in terms of being able to have a dive read, quarterback read and a pitch read. So we will condense our defense down in terms of what we think we can do to stop it, we run a four man front and I think personally that's what it takes to stop an option offense. For years I have coached against Oklahoma and those teams and that's what we did against them, it's also a defense that you have to have speed be able to play the option and be able to play guys inside out, turn guys loose, make plays and for us to be able to play against this offense, if we can stop it I don't know but what we do and the knowledge with Art Kaufman and myself we got a pretty good chance to put our guys in the right position and see if they can block us or if we can get off of them and make enough plays."


On who on the defense has the most pressure to perform against this type of offense...

"The most pressure starts with your defensive ends and how you're going to play them, what part of the option they will take and then you go from there determining what you will do with your linebackers and your safeties. Your corners are very seldom involved in the option because they are spilt out and so it starts with your defensive ends and then it goes down to your linebackers and safeties determining who is going to play what part of the option and we will switch that up and make changes on every play and depending on formation and down and distance. Again it's kind of a cat and mouse game it's a numbers that you have to prepare for and they you have to play assignment football and because that's what everybody on the offense is counting on."


Oh how the linebackers have lived up to the hype entering the season...

"It's been pretty average and I think most of it means that from that point of you, and I have coached linebackers for a long time we have (Jeff) Luc, (Greg) Blair, and (Nick) Temple, each week we see some type offense that tries to take advantage of linebackers before they line up and when you play a read option with one running back in the back field. We put a lot of pressure on our linebackers and then they have to switch over their mindset to be pass defenders and we haven't transition very well from being run guys to pass defenders in certain situations. For instance on 3rd and 19 against Illinois you should be able to stop that ten out of ten times, well they got 20 yards because we didn't transition from run to pass very well at linebacker and our linebackers were out of position and gave them a chance to make that first down. But we will get better, and it's a hard position to play with all these offenses that we see and the defensive line is pretty much set each week with what they do and how they do it, the secondary is pretty much set and it is the linebackers who are caught between a rock and hard place each week with what they do and how they do it, but we played better last week, we tackled better in some areas but in some areas we haven't tackled. So we are going to go back to tackling drills during the week and we talked about that today in regards of technique and how you do it and when you leave your feet and when you don't leave your feet and the little things that you sometimes count on and you think guys that been around do pretty well but in the last few weeks we have had a number of missed tackles."


On is he expects to play Bennie Coney this weekend...

"Bennie will play in this game no matter how the game is going and I had that plan last week and I didn't tell the offense or Bennie and my plan was no matter what happened in the game versus Northwestern State he was going to be in the game. I don't want him to go two or three more weeks from now and put him in a tough situation and put him in the game and he is good enough to play and run the offense, he is good enough athletically to make plays. He just needs to learn mentally that he knows what he is doing and he can make plays and so Bennie might go in the second series or the fourth series. It just depends on how I feel the situation is and I obviously wouldn't put him in when we have the ball on our own two yard line but I want him to go in and I told him be ready at any time make sure your arm is warmed up, watch what is going on, listen to the offensive guys when they come off the field and you better know what you're doing because he will go in at any time."


On how Mekale McKay transferring to UC came about...

"A change in coaching staff, change in philosophy and sometimes you get a position coach that you might not get along with and usually I am against transferring because it is hard and usually you have to sit out and go through another year. But his grandmother who raised him was having health problems he felt like we was a long way from home, he talked to the coaches at Arkansas and they agreed to give him the release and they have not agreed to it he would have been here but not been playing. So because of his grandma medical issues and the coaching change he felt like he needed a new start and he played in every game last year in Arkansas and we are the beneficiary of him coming to us. A guy who has all the talent he has, he really loves football, he is good in academics, and I feel like he think this is his home and so it's kind of like starting a new and sometimes it works for players and fortunately for us we ended up on the long end of the stick. We are excited about having him and he isn't near to what he can be, he is so far away to being the player he can be just because he know the offense and he has only been with us for a month, and he gets better every day and the players like him. He will also stay out and work and even go out early and that's what he knows what it will have to take. He has two years after this year and he wants to make the best of it and he has the ability to do a lot of great things at football and not just at this level, and if he has the work ethic and hunger to get it done he will be an exceptional player."