Postgame Press Conference Transcript - Coach Meyer
Sep 7, 2013
An Interview With: Coach Urban Meyer
COACH MEYER: Thank you for coming. Really appreciate, I don't know if you guys heard about the skull session but it looked about packed to me. I know it was alumni band weekend. That's always been one of my favorite weekends to come back and hear about all the alumni band members coming back.
So just I tell our players just appreciate what you do, where you do it and who you do it with. And I know our guys do.
But as young people, even old people, have to be reminded of that. So I always like to give a little piece of gratitude for our fans and for the band and just the environment. It was a fantastic environment.
Our defense played outstanding. To keep that group under wraps. The second quarter I want to say it was like ten yards or something like that.
And then obviously on offense, I think, the old right hander steps in again and does a nice job. He's too slow not a strong enough arm but all he does is lead manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game.
And then also incredible leadership skills where players respond. So I think plus our Australian did a nice job, too punting the ball. So I'm not sure what his net was there.
Q. Number one, how is Braxton? Could he have gone back in if you needed him? What's the update?
Q. Philly brown you wanted more out of him you talked about it last week. Two touchdown catches, six or seven catches what was your take on his day?
So that's an area we're not strong at yet right now.
Q. You referenced Kenny being slow and weak arm there, I think you're kidding, but is there any part of the offense that you don't feel comfortable with Kenny running compared to Braxton and is there even a small part of you that wondered how he would handle a full game if the situation arose?
He's a coach. He really I told him that. He needs to coach some day because he's got a really good mind and got incredible leadership skills.
Q. The defense played, looked like they played much more aggressive and much more cohesion. What was your take on it and was there something said during the week about playing that way?
And then obviously when you get your leader back, C.J. Barnett, and I think Roby obviously helped as well. I don't know how much he was challenged out there. But I think you start getting your people back, when you get your people back you've got a chance because they're aligned and cohesive all the things you said and I think the coaches get more comfortable calling pressures when everybody's back.
Q. A bit was made at the beginning of the week of players returning from injury and suspension. So for the Robeys and Rod Smiths and C.J. Barnetts of the world how would you evaluate their play today?
I think he ran the ball see, I don't even know. I don't have it down there. And I think Roby we'll know more next week but I think they played pretty good.
Q. How important was it for Kenny to score right after, at least get a touchdown right after Braxton's injury. The stadium's quiet instead of settling for three there, how important was it to set the tone there; and can you give us an update on Adolphus Washington as well?
The stadium was not only quiet but our sideline was very quiet; but it's amazing how much confidence they have in him. Especially with the trick play when we have the quads out there. That's the one he ran for 60 yards or how long was that? 44.
I guess it took him a while. (Laughter) I gotta quit giving Kenny a hard time. But I'll tell you what, it's incredible to see. I've never had a guy like that. I guess I did when we had Chris Leak and Tim. But the confidence that they have in the backup quarterback is incredible.
Q. What did it do for you to see the backup going out there and your main guy is in the locker room at that point?
I didn't expect that at all. I thought they were very good receivers. I think their tailback's a dynamic player and I thought their defense was very disruptive. But I really believe Kenny can do it.
It doesn't surprise me, but as far as it gives me energy burst like the entire stadium did when he moves us right down the field.
Q. Specifically on the defensive line, losing the four starters you talk about Michael Bennett this week what a good practice player he was. He showed it?
Q. Seemed like beyond the starters, when Adolphus went out, you got contribution from Steve Miller and Joey Bosa, guys like that, do you think you have some depth on the "D" line?
When they get back, it's more and more playing time they got. And you saw Mike Hill and Chris Carter get a lengthy period of working in there.
Q. Can you explain the rationale behind giving Armani Reeves the start, having him play for two plays then switching over to Bradley?
Q. You said that your Florida team had great confidence in Tim when he was the backup quarterback. But it seems like Leak was more of a game manager. Would I be wrong with that? Who would you compare Kenny to? You had a real dynamic guy when you won with Tebow anyway, when you won it all?
I would say if you have an efficiency as far as making the right decisions, which this style of offense the quarterback does a lot more than hand off and has to get us in the right play, Kenny is a very, very high percentage of getting us in the right stuff at the right time.
The entire game today, the majority of the team was getting us in the right play against the certain defenses, whether it be a speed option, drop back pass or inside run, a lot of that was dictated by the quarterback, which is a lot of times what happens.