CAL COACH JEFF TEDFORD:
On his reaction to watching film of the USC game
I saw great effort. We were in a position where there were a lot of plays to be made. We need to continue to get better so we’re consistent in making all the plays.
On Cal’s problems against the Trojans
There are different things. There are sometimes when they have things covered and they won that play. That’s football, plain and simple. There weren’t a lot of mental mistakes. From time to time, there was a certain position here or there where they executed better than we did. We have to continue to get better where we are making more plays than other people.
On Cal’s passing game
The other day, we missed some open guys in the passing game. The first three games, we were pretty accurate in the passing game. We need to be more consistent there.
Elaborating on passing game problems
Passing game means a lot of things. Passing game means protection, it means the right routes being run, it means accurate throws, catching the ball. When you say passing game, everybody goes right to the quarterback. Some of it lands on his shoulders. Some of it lands on other people’s shoulders.
On the advantages of running the Wildcat offense
What it does it gives you a hat on a hat. When you have a quarterback back there and he’s not a threat to run and you have one back in the backfield, you have five linemen and a tight end, tha’ts six, and another back, that’s seven. If they have eight, they have one more hat than you have. The quarterback becomes a runner. Then you can get a guy out of there, you can get a hat on a hat.
QUARTERBACK KEVIN RILEY
On improving the passing game
It’s nice that we have a bye week. We have things we can work on to get better. WE had a quarterbacks and receivers meeting today. We went over things we need to get better at and take control of. It’s about getting better this week.
On where the team stands
We know we can play better. We have seven games left, alll Pac-10 games. We’ll play better. This team knows we’re a better team than we’ve been playing. We just have to do it. That’s all there is to it.
On how he feels out on the field
I feel fine. It feels good coming out of my hand. I’m just aiming a little too much. I’m still throwing well, I’m still making all the reads. I’m just missing too many receivers.
On the goals the rest of the season
We just have to go out there and win as many games as possible. Just looking at the pac-10 so far this year, everybody has been beat up by everybody. You never know what’s going to happen. We just have to go out there and win, that’s it.
NOSE TACKL E DERRICK HILL
On the starters getting most of the reps during a bye week
It shows that we’re here to work and we need to turn this around. We don’t’ deserve the days off if we’’re not performing. If you want days off, you have to earn them. I’m looking forward to battling this week.
On the team’s work ethic
The great thing is everyone is willing to work. Previous years, we probably would have had a few people rebelling against it. But the vibe around here is wonderful. Everyone is ready to work. Everyone is willing to compete, no matter where you are on the depth chart. That’s the wonderful part of the whole feel right now. I thought we were working hard already. Now we’re working super hard.
On the rest of the season
No matter what is predicted, anything can happen. It shows with us. One minute we were on top and everyone was praising us. The next minute we’re on the bottom and all you hear is bad stuff. You always have to take it one game at a time. There are seven games left. That means there are seven weeks where something drastic can happen. It can be seven positive weeks or seven negative weeks. Hopefully we can execute flawlessly like we should have been doing the past two weeks.