BOULDER— University of Colorado head football coach Gary Barnett held his weekly press conference Monday afternoon. He talked about CU’s 34-0 victory over Oklahoma State last week, as well as the Buffs’ homecoming game against Texas A&M this Saturday at Folsom Field. The following is a transcript of his quotes:
ON DEFENSIVE SHUTOUT AGAINST OSU— “Our defense was relentless. I think we reached a point where we weren’t getting challenged enough. Looking back at the game film, I think our intensity dropped off a bit. We need to get ourselves back to where we can sustain (our intensity) for the whole game.”
ON OFFENSE AGAINST OSU— “Offensively we did fine. I was really impressed with a lot of guys on our offensive line. We had two tackles go out at one time. (Offensive line coach Dave Borbely) said he went over every scenario except for
losing two offensive tackles on one play, so that’s why we had to call a timeout and figure out what the heck we were going to do.”
ON TEXAS A&M— “We should be a little healthier this week. Texas A&M is a good opponent and hopefully we will have a sell out. It’s a great opportunity for our team—that’s the way they are looking at it. The team has been looking
forward to this game for a long time. It’s not a vengeance deal. We just went down there (to College Station) and played well 9last year) but we let it slip away at the last minute and it bothered us all year. It’s one of those games
that could have gone the other way for us. Now we’re basically the same team that went down there last year. I think we’re much better on defense than we were a year ago and I think it’s a good set up for us at home. It’s the third out of four in a row that we know is going to be real challenging.”
“Reggie McNeal is obviously our biggest challenge. They are doing a lot more option plays with him than they were before. He’s a senior quarterback and he’s one of the string of running quarterbacks we will see this season. He is the
key to their offense and we need to keep him from making big plays on us. If we can reduce his throwing I think we can help ourselves a lot. I think our secondary is much improved from where it was a year ago. Fortunately they run
much of the same system that we saw lat week (versus Oklahoma State). So there is going to be a carry-over to the system we see this week. The challenge is to minimize McNeal—he’s thrown for over 300 yards in every game except their last
one. Baylor did a nice job of defending him. The Baylor game for them was a lot like our CSU game—you know you’re going to get their best shot and it’s going to be a heck of a game. Baylor just blew it. We also know that they will rebound from this game and take care of business a lot better than that.
"Defensively, they are a big challenge for us. They are a very talented team and they return a lot of guys. We moved the ball fairly well on them last year but we shot ourselves in the foot a number of times—a couple dropped passes and a
fumble—which prevented us from winning the game. I think we are starting to get a feel for ourselves. We have to be more consistent in the throwing game. They sure are athletic and they run to the ball. They are right up there in the sack category."
ON SPECIAL TEAMS— “I thought our special teams did a great job on Saturday and we are going to face a good challenge with Texas A&M. They have one of the better special teams we will have faced so far. We just need to have John
(Torp) continue to kick the ball well. Mason (Crosby) has been big for us obviously and our (kick) coverage has been very good.”
ON TEXAS A&M’S GAME VERSUS BAYLOR—“Baylor just played pretty good defense and dinked around with them on offense. They didn’t do anything that was obvious; they just played them pretty tough.”
ON THE PLAY OF DEFENSIVE END ALONZO BARRETT—“Alonzo Barrett played pretty well. I think he’s got to be more consistent and that’s typical of a young guy. He’s very active and he’s always going to be around the ball. On the interception for a touchdown he made a great block. He plays hard and he’s very athletic and aggressive.”
ON INJURIES—“Everybody that got banged up should be available Saturday. We should also get Jack (Tipton) back.