Oct. 4, 1999
UK Head Coach
On South Carolina:
?We will not think about their problems too much. We know they have the
second-best defense in the conference and that?s the main thing that we are
concerned about right now. Offensively they do a lot of different things.
They have struggled on offense so far, but I think that they are still kind
of finding themselves. The worry you have with a team like that is that you
don?t want to be playing them when they do find themselves.?
On USC?s defense:
?They have done a good job playing a soft zone and keeping everything in
front of them, forcing the other team to make mistakes. Arturo Freeman is a
great safety, we have played against him before. Their other guys on
defense are young, but they are playing hard. They blitz a little bit, but
not a lot. They play mainly a zone defense and mainly a four-man line. They
are not fancy, they just play hard.?
On coping without injured receiver Dougie Allen:
?We will just have to do it like we did Saturday, with Quentin McCord and
Bobby Blizzard. He (Allen) plays the third receiver spot and we are not
always a three-receiver team, so one of those guys will be able to fill his
On McCord?s role in Saturday?s Arkansas win:
?I don?t think that we would have won the game without Quentin. He needed
to step up and he did and we need him to step up again.?
On the progress of Eric Kelly:
?I just think he is more confident now as a player. He has always had
physical ability, but I think he is more experienced and studying the game
On the play of the UK cornerbacks:
?Eric (Kelly) and Kenneth (Grant) have played well all season. I know it is
a bad memory, but if you go back to the Louisville game, those guys that
they covered didn?t catch too many balls. They have played well, been
consistent all the way through. We have not always had help around them and
that is what we got Saturday. We got some real consistent play out of
Jeremy Bowie as the nickel back and our linebackers did a nice job of
covering their receivers.?
On the play of linebacker Jeff Snedegar:
?Jeff really played like he is capable of playing on Saturday. He is an
outstanding player for us.?
On UK?s running game against Arkansas:
?I think it was average. I thought that Anthony (White) had an outstanding
day and really made some good runs. Derek (Homer) had a good, solid effort.
We did not block as well as we thought we could have and we would like to
improve that this week.?
On quarterback Dusty Bonner:
?I do not think it was his best game, but he did play well enough for us to
win. We would like to see him improve this week also.?
On the team?s emotional state:
?I think the guys were excited to play, but I think they got excited the
week before against Florida. I think they carried that excitement into the
Arkansas game and that is something that we want them to do every week.?
On lots of running plays Saturday:
?We just took what they gave us. We could run the ball so we did. The end
of the game dictated a lot of those runs because we got 17 points up on
them. Our defense was playing well so I was not going to make any mistakes
that put them in a bind. So we were really conservative in the second half
of the fourth quarter because we knew they couldn?t score and if they did,
they had to score three times.?
On the loss of Dougie Allen:
"It hurts us a lot. Quentin (McCord) had a big game last week, and I think
that will give him confidence for the future. I need to step it up to
another level, too. Sure, there will be pressure, but I don't mind it.
We'll just play our best for Dougie."
On Dougie Allen's leadership:
"He's such a positive person. He helped me with a lot of things, and his
work ethic is outstanding."
On his own play:
"In the first few games, I was just excited to catch balls. But now I want
more. I could be more productive once I get the ball. Experience and
increased confidence will help me do more after the catch."
On SEC play:
"In high school, we played a lot of top teams with Division I players. I
did well against them then, so I think I can do that well again now."
On playing winless South Carolina:
"We just have to go in there and get a win. It doesn't matter if we're
favorites or underdogs, we need to get the 'W' and stay on track to be
bowl-eligible. We can't underestimate them."
On UK's gelling as an offensive line:
"We're playing a lot better as a team. We're getting to know each other out
on the field and it's getting easier to play together. When you know what
each individual is going to do, you can focus on your job and really give
it all you've got."
On his college experience:
"Playing is a lot of fun right now. Running out on that field is a great
On UK's goals:
"With Florida losing this weekend, it puts us near the top of the SEC East.
Saturday's win was a big one for us, because in the SEC, you need every win
to stay on top."
"We have to stay focused this week. Playing an unranked opponent will
sometimes cause you to overlook a team. We can't afford to do that. After
we beat Alabama two years ago, we went to South Carolina and were up 21-0
and they came back and beat us. I haven't forgotten that. They have great
athletes just like we do and they could upset us."
On UK's balance:
"I like the way the coaches are rotating Derek (Homer) and me. Derek is
more of a power runner and I'm more of a finesse guy and if keeps other
teams off balance. They don't know what to expect. I give most of the
credit to the offensive line and the coaches."
On playing in a physical conference:
"It's defeinitely physical. Even after the UConn game I was a little sore.
College football is a lot more physical (than high school) so every time
you go up to hit somebody, you better bring everything you've got to make
On UK's defensive effort against Arkansas:
"There is a lot of comment going around that this isn't a good defense. I
think we have to come out, play hard, and get some respect back."
On guarding against a let-down:
"From day one on Monday is when we start analyzing the other team's film.
We're all about South Carolina right now. It was great win but that's over.
We only play one game this week and that is South Carolina so that's our
focus right now."
On UK being overconfident against USC's struggling offense:
"That is not going to happen. The SEC is a great conference and we can't
overlook any team. I understand that South Carolina is having a down year.
They have a great coach in Lou Holtz and we're not overlooking them by any