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UK coach Hal Mumme<br>is mostly concerned<br>with USC's stingy defense.

UK coach Hal Mumme
is mostly concerned
with USC's stingy defense.

Oct. 4, 1999

Hal Mumme
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 spot.”

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 more.”

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.”

Brad Pyatt
Wide Receiver

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."

Kip Sixbery
Offensive Line

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 rush."

Anthony White
Running Back

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."

On USC:
"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."

Anthony Wajda
Free Safety

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 that tackle."

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."

Ryan Murphy
Linebacker

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 means."


 

 

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