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Monday Press Conference Transcript
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 19, 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:

“Obviously this Saturday was disappointing on a lot of levels. We watched the film, and we’ve got to get a lot better. We’ve moved on. We’ve got a tremendous challenge this week against one of the best teams in the country, and it’s the last home game for our 18 seniors. We expect a good week of practice, and our guys know what they have to do to compete and have a shot against Oregon.”

On using other teams’ game films:

“There’s a bit in every game that we can look at, but each team has different styles, particularly Stanford. They did a great job of shortening the game and limiting possessions. I think that was a huge part in their success, but we have a different style. We like to play fast how Oregon likes to play fast. We have to do what we do, do it well, and come up with stops on defense.”

On Oregon’s Marcus Mariota:

“He hasn’t thrown an interception all year and every pass is right on the numbers. He’s as good a college quarterback as any the last couple years. He’s a top five pick. From what I understand, he’s a great leader and a great guy in the locker room. He should be in New York for the Heisman.”

On Ka’Deem Carey:

“He runs with great passion. He was our offensive player of the week again, and he plays well without the ball, too. I think he’s still getting better. His best football is still out in front of him. He’s physical and helps with blocking and attacking. He loves playing the game. His competitiveness is what takes him over the top.”

On B.J. Denker:

“He’s got to correct his mistakes from Saturday. He’s always been good at that.”

On the defense:

“Our defense has been much improved, and I think it will take another step this next year as well.”

On the kicking game:

“I’ll have to see how it goes during the week and in warm ups. Jake (Smith) can kick and Casey (Skowron) can kick. I don’t want to kick field goals anyways. Playing a team like Oregon you need touchdowns, not field goals.”

On Trey Griffey:

“He played pretty well. We needed to get in a deeper rotation. I’d like to play seven or eight receivers pretty equally. He’s really gotten better throughout the season and that’s what we want all our guys to do.”

On the magnitude of the game:

“It’s a huge game, just to try to get some national respect and it being our seniors last home game. I’m probably over the top on that. I want them to really enjoy their last home game.”

On the emotion of the game:

“There will be emotion early but it can sustain if their mindset is right. Some guys have it naturally, like Ka’Deem Carey, but some guys need a little extra motivation. I want all our guys to be ultracompetitive.”

Junior offense lineman Mickey Baucus

On controlling the ball this Saturday against Oregon:

“We just need to go out there and try to put together a complete game, pass game, run game and everything will work itself out. We trust our defense to get Oregon’s offense off the field, and we will do our part to put points up on the board.”

On Ka’Deem Carey and his success:

“It is great to have a back like Ka’Deem who can do it all. He can run it inside the tackles, outside sweep plays, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. It makes my life a lot easier, and I am sure he has great things coming for him in the future. It is an honor blocking for him. He is physically just a freak and, mentally, his game has caught up with his physical abilities. He is just a complete football player.”

Senior defensive lineman Tevin Hood

On beating Oregon:

“We feel like we can beat everyone we step on the field with. After watching the film, it really comes down to ball control. As you know, Stanford beat Oregon and they held the ball for almost 45 minutes. If our offense can control the ball for a long time, which goes against our fast tempo, and our defense can take away the small opportunities, then I think we can beat them. ”

On being more excited for a top-five team:

“We definitely get excited, we obviously would like to take on every opponent like it’s the same, but an opportunity like this on national TV, an afternoon game with everyone watching, we definitely get jacked up for it.”

On what makes Oregon so good:

“They execute well. They don’t have a very complex offensive scheme, but what they run, they run very well.”

On dealing with Oregon’s speed:

“Just executing your technique, executing to almost perfect because I don’t think perfect is attainable. Athleticism is something you have to face, but if you execute technique then that shuts that down.”

Redshirt Freshman receiver Trey Griffey

On starting his first game:

“I started contributing a couple weeks ago on special teams. I just started progressing, and this week I got the start.”

On being physical on special teams and offense:

“Every week, I just try and do my best. I just try hard to contribute. Ever since I got here, the strength staff has been helping me get better and that has helped me out a lot.”

On the first catch:

“It felt good. The first one is everything to get it out of the way. The first catch felt pretty good. I was nervous, but after that was over it was all good.”

On getting open down field this week:

“We have to improve on each week. We looked at the film from last week and we weren’t satisfied so we are going to work hard to improve this week and look forward to doing our best.”

The Wildcats play their final home game of 2013 on Sat., Nov. 23, as they host Oregon. The game will kick at 1:30 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN2/ABC regional (reverse mirror) with the coverage map released mid-week. The game will also air on Arizona IMG Sports Network, KCUB 1290 AM in Tucson and Fox Sports 910 AM in Phoenix.

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