Beamer PC transcript, ECU week

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Opening…

You know, you hear me say all the time that we’re in this thing together. I don’t think it was ever more apparent than this past Saturday night. Number one, tremendous number of fans that were there at Ohio State. A bunch of folks, loud, appreciate those people. But then back here after we win the ballgame, the downtown celebration with a lot of our students. Them celebrating what took place. And then when we get home around 4 o’clock in the morning, I don’t know how many people, but a bunch there to greet our bus. So truly everybody was into this win. I really like that.

Another thing I think I need to point out. A lot of talk now on Michael Brewer, and it should be. He’s played tremendously. But I want to make it clear that we really feel like we have two quarterbacks that are really good. Mark Leal, his team attitude, being ready to play if needed, and a couple times there the other night, it looked like he was going to be needed when Brewer took a couple shots. We really feel good about our situation there at quarterback. Motley’s back now and we have to get him in the flow of things, but we feel good about that.

Another thing, on the injury front, Sean Huelskamp tore his knee up. He’s getting it looked out today, but I’m afraid it’s going to be messed up. A walk-on kid, but boy was he coming along. And he’ll be back. He’s got some time left, but he did a great job for us covering kickoffs up there and he’s going to be really a key, key guy, particularly on special teams. We’re going to miss him.

Having said that, I talked to the team, and we always talk about during the game, if it’s a good play, forget it, get to the next play. Or if it’s a bad play, forget it, get to the next play. Don’t get ahead of yourself, just concentrate on the next play. I think that’s really important for us as a football team. We had a great win over a national team, our kids played great, our coaches coached great. But right now, we enjoy the win, we celebrate it, but right now we need to get that out of our mind and get on East Carolina. I’ll tell you right now they are a dangerous team. Anyone that can throw the football the way these guys can throw it are dangerous. And they can really throw the football. Their quarterback, their wide receivers got skill. I think they’re a little better running the football right now. I think their offensive line is improved. They have about four guys at tailback, they just keep running them in there to keep them fresh. And defensively, they got a couple of guys in the middle; you’re not moving those guys. They’re big and strong and tough, play flexible defenses. They’re a really good football team. They punted one time against South Carolina. One time. We need to get our minds on East Carolina and we will, but I’ll tell you it’s important right now.

On change in attitude as a result of winning versus Ohio State…

Well I think you’re more confident. You know that you played a very good football team, a very talented football team, and won. But their quarterback is out, but I think you build confidence over it. Still, this is a new week, a new team, a team that is very, very capable, so I think you put your attention to that team. I think that’s where we are.

On when Bud Foster presented defensive scheme to Beamer…

We talked about it some time ago. It was a great game plan. They hit us on a couple deep balls and we got them with a free safety back there. They are throwing it up, hoping to beat us again and we get a couple interceptions. A little bit of a cat and mouse game there. The main thing I think was to keep pressure on the quarterback. You keep pressure on a quarterback that hasn’t played that much, it worked very well. But again, it goes back to coaching and kids performing. There are some complicated deals going on there. Guys, I really thought for the most part just executed the defense very well. A lot of it, what happens right after the play starts, we are reacting to that. Chase Williams, very good about adding on and coming when he needs to. It took the execution of our players to get it done too, I guess which is pretty obvious.

On accepting the national attention…

You want people, always, saying good things about your program, feeling good about your program and feeling positive. Want to give us more money to build that indoor facility, but that’s pretty obvious. We didn’t get quite as many wins, but I say this: It wasn’t as if we were just out and out awful the last couple years. I think we have more playmakers around our quarterback right now, and that helps. And this season is far from over. You feel good here getting ready to play game three, but it’s how you feel at the end of the year, and we’ve got a lot of work to do.

On Michael Brewer getting hit…

I think he knows. I think he knows when to take a shot, when not to, when we need a first down, when you got to go for it, when you need to get down, when you need to get out of bounds. I think he’s got it pretty well figured out. A couple times he threw the other night and knew he was going to get hit. That takes some stuff right now, and to throw accurately. You like that about it.

On status of Trey Edmunds…

I think he’s on his way back. He made a couple nice plays there on special teams the other night. We’re going to keep working and see how he does in practice this week. But he’s continuing to work, now is he back all the way? I’m not sure about that. But he’s working hard at it, that’s for sure.

On status of Kalvin Cline…

Kalvin is doubtful to play this week for sure, and we will see about the future.

On tight end play…

I’ll tell you, I’ve said all along, the toughness these guys have to go in and block. They’re athletic. They get out wide. I think it really gives you some flexibility and we like that. Malleck, you’re talking about a guy that is really, really important to this football team. Obviously we missed him last year, he got hurt early. And Bucky, what he brings to the offense, his ability to run and catch and so forth. That’s two are really critical guys to our offensive team that we didn’t have last year.

On increased red zone success…

It’s no question. You don’t score, you don’t get the points, but it’s a very emotional thing for you to. It’s a confidence thing, too. There are a lot of side effects that get you, I think. We feel good. We tried a long field goal, barely missed it. Just didn’t hit it good, but I feel good about (Joey) Slye’s ability there. And offensively, having the bigger backs, that one run in there the other night, we needed to break a tackle and keep on surging and we did. So we got some people that I think help us in that red zone now too.

On status of Kendall Fuller…

I think he’s OK. What a tremendous game, what tremendous plays he had. I think three or four tremendous plays. He’s a vital part of our defense. When you can take him and lock down a guy and feel OK about it, it really allows you some flexibility in our defense. He’s a player for sure.

On past success against ECU quarterback Shane Carden…

I think the other side of it, he’s a year older, and he’ll go back and study the tape. I read here to our team all the things that he’s accomplished and is getting ready to accomplish this year, and it took eight minutes to get all this stuff to our football team. You talk about an accomplished guy in a system that is perfect for him, throwing that ball around. And again, I think them having a better running game, that really helps him. That really adds to their offensive team. We gotta get after him.

On status of Corey Marshall…

We’re still waiting to hear the official word, but hopefully he’s OK. Between he and Dadi Nicolas, when we got those guys inside, you’re talking about some athletic guys. They were inside on the guard a couple times the other night and they were running down the guard on the speed option pitch down the sideline. You’re talking about a couple players that make a difference in there for sure.

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