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Monday Press Conference Transcript
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/28/2013
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TUCSON, Ariz. University of Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez and select players met with media members at a weekly press conference on Monday. Below is a brief transcript.

Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

Opening Statement:

“I was pleased with how the guys were focused during the week. We didn’t play well at times but you have to give them some credit. They made some big plays. Our guys were into the game and in the second half, we pulled things together and guys had solid performances. It’s a good road win in the Pac-12 and now we have to get ready for another challenge on the road.”

On Cal head coach Sonny Dykes:

“I only know him through Pac-12 meetings and I know his history from what he’s done here and at Texas Tech. He’s a really good football coach and I know everyone around here speaks very highly of him during his time here.”

On chance at bowl eligibility:

“We don’t talk about it a lot. Everybody’s goal is to win the league but I’m not one that mentions it a lot. I like to narrow our focus to not even a week or a day ahead but just the next hour or minute. You want to be in a bowl every game. It’s one more game for our seniors. If you’re a senior, you want to play in a bowl game somewhere.”

On quarterback B.J. Denker:

“He’s been pretty sharp with his reads all year but he’s getting better and better. He made a couple nice moves. He did a nice job of making a guy miss and getting straight up the field after.”

On defending Colorado receiver Paul Richardson:

“Richardson is a really fast guy but it was a technique issue. The good thing about it was that we got that corrected.”

On cornerback Jonathan McKnight:

“The only time corners get recognized is when they get beat or when they get a pick. Jonathan is conscientious and I’m proud of the way he came back.”

 

On safety William Parks:

“He’s playing a lot in our nickel package and slot stuff. He’s probably one of the more athletic players we have on defense. He made a nice play on the pick; he was on the backside safety and read the quarterback’s eyes. He’s an athletic guy that’s still learning.”

On needing depth:

“When we have true competition between the ones and twos, maybe the twos and threes, that’s when we’ll know our program is in a good place. We’re trying to foster that everyday.”

On safety Anthony Lopez:

“I thought Anthony battled. His inexperience showed up a bit but he competed and played hard. He’s going to keep getting better.”

On linebacker Derrick Turituri:

“He’s just a bull. He’s so strong. Derrick is a very physical football player and he’ll keep getting better. We have a pretty good group of young linebackers.”

On receiver Trevor Ermisch:

“What’s nice about Trevor is that special teams are really important to him. He knows that it’s his biggest role right now as a special teams ace. He’s a very coachable guy. On the punt fake, he recognized it and reacted quickly. He knows what his job is.”

On passing or running with the numbers:

“It’s coaching 101 that you run and throw with the numbers but there are times that you will run against the numbers or throw against the numbers. The base of our offense is trying to take what the defense gives you.”

Senior Quarterback B.J. Denker

On how he feels and what the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award means to him:

“My body is a little sore but that is to be expected. I will be fine for Saturday. I am happy with the award and it’s a great honor but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates on both sides of the ball. Everyone worked to give us a lot of possessions and a lot of opportunities.”

On the critical third-down runs against Colorado:

“On third down, it’s huge because almost everyone knows that we are going to give it to Ka’Deem (Carey) on third and short, so when I can tuck it and take it myself and take the pressure off of Ka’Deem, it helps a lot.”

On managing the game now compared to earlier in the year:

“Being more comfortable and more confident with the offense has been a big thing. Everyone all around the ball is getting better. It’s key that everyone gets a lot more experience as the season goes on.”

On becoming bowl eligible as a senior:

“It’s a preseason goal. We aren’t just focusing on if we win this game that we will be bowl eligible. I think we expect to be bowl eligible. We are focusing on Cal right now and if we take care of business on the field, one game at a time, the rest will take care of itself.”

On playing on the road the first four out of five Pac-12 games:

“It’s always tough playing on the road. I kind of like it; I like silencing the crowd. I like playing at home the most here in Tucson. Playing in front of the ZonaZoo and having our home fans cheering for us is the best. Having the new facility is great, as well. We struggled on the road last year but now that we are progressing on the road and getting better on the road it’s good, so we can come and take care of business at home.”

Senior Wide Receiver Terrence Miller

On the receivers’ progress:

“We are getting better. We had two receivers getting a majority of the balls early because of their explosiveness and now that defenses are playing us a little more honest, it’s opening up the rest of the receiving group.”

On making a bowl game and having one more game for the seniors:

“It’s definitely a goal but at the same time we are just thinking about the next play. Last week’s win was great and obviously winning this week would be great. To get another additional guaranteed game for our seniors, including myself, would be great. There are only a certain number of games in college for guys like me, so to have one more would be great.”

Sophomore Safety William Parks

On gaining experience in the last couple of weeks:

“The confidence I have gained is pretty good, obviously getting experience will help me in the long run. I have been sore lately but it’s good because later in the long run they might call my name, I might need to make that big play.”

On his first career interception:

“At first I didn’t realize I had the ball until I ran to the other side of the field; then I ran to the other side of the field. I saw Marquis (Flowers) say ‘come on, come on’. Once I got tackled I was like, I got an interception.”

Senior Defensive Lineman Tevin Hood

On California’s offense:

“They are up tempo; they run a lot of plays like we do on offense. They pass really heavily, not to many runs, and their quarterback has a good arm. We have to look for quick passes and they take a lot of shots down field. Most of their game is just short hooks and flat routes.”

On defense as a whole improving this year:

“I think we are just more cohesive. We approach practice a little more with a chip on our shoulder, we really bring it to the scout team. We are more physical, we are definitely pursuing the ball more and guys are trying to strip the ball way more than last year.”

Next on the docket for the Wildcats is a trip to Berkeley on Nov. 2 to take on California for a 12:30 p.m. MST kickoff. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks with Glenn Parker, Ted Robinson and Drea Avent on the broadcast crew. The game will also air on Arizona IMG Sports Network, KCUB 1290 AM in Tucson and Fox Sports 910 AM in Phoenix.

Tickets for the 2013 football season including in the north end zone and club level of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, are available and can be purchased by visiting the McKale Center Ticket Office, calling 520-621-CATS or by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com/footballtickets. Fans can also make appointments via the McKale Center Ticket Office to tour the seating areas during normal business hours.

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