Aug. 27, 2001
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
On the San Diego State game:
"They have a nice group of veterans and returning starters. They can really go deep. They have respect for the run, but they can air it out big and make big plays. Our scheme will be to stop the run first, which top defenses do, and then we will play the pass. They definitely will come out throwing right from the start."
"They have a much bigger advantage in that they are a team that has the experience of playing together. We have the unfamiliarity of being in the game together, and on top of that, we are going to start out on the road. There really isn't a sense of urgency. I think everyone will have that nervous energy and maybe some butterflies or anxiousness."
On San Diego State running back Larry Ned:
"Ned is a good player. He is back (from injury), and I think the game will be a good test for him as well as a good test for our defense. If their run game gets cranking, their wide receivers will give you nightmares because they can go."
On UA's running backs:
"Clarence (Farmer) does everything. He runs well, he is an excellent receiver, and he has good hands. He is a big target, and he really has shown a willingness to block. Leo (Mills) does not have as many all-around skills as a receiver, but he also has proven that he is willing to block. Anthony Fulcher and Tremaine Cox run hard, and they have proven that they can make big plays."