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Hawkins' Tuesday Press Conference Quotes

Courtesy: Nick Bernal, Graduate Assistant SID
Release: October 10, 2006
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By CUBuffs.com

BOULDER University of Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins held his weekly press conference Tuesday at the Dal Ward Athletic Center. He recapped last Saturday’s game against Baylor, as well as this week’s upcoming contest against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The following are quotes from the session:



Head Coach Dan Hawkins


ON TEXAS TECH’S SPREAD OFFENSE–“Well we played Hawaii [at Boise State] who launches it a bunch. A little misnomer on these guys [Texas Tech] is that they’ll run in on you now. They’ll try and run it, they’ll line up the quarterback behind the center and they’ll give him [the running back] the ball. Then you guys saw New Mexico State here last year, I think they threw it over 60 times against us. They will run it and they can run it.”


ON TEXAS TECH HEAD COACH MIKE LEACH—“I don’t know if he meets that typical prototype of a coach, whatever that is supposed to mean, I don’t know. I mean he’s got a law degree, there aren’t many of us [coaches] that are smart enough to do that, so that probably separates him a little there, and he thinks a little bit outside of the box.”


ON OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES—“Our guys are finishing, they are slugging away until the end of the game and that is part of it. But it’s like somebody asking about scoring in the red zone and we don’t score that much at all anyway. You kind of get into that, ‘you guys are having a lot of trouble on third down’ and I go ‘well we’re having a lot of trouble on first down and second down too.’ I don’t think it’s a question of our guys finishing, because they are, but yeah we have, we usually get out there and kick a field goal then have a dry spot and end up finishing up short.”


ON MISSING CU’S STARTING SAFTIES—“There was a little bit of an effect there. You have an extra body, and obviously he’s [J.J. Billingsley] back there for a reason. We think he’s the most experienced, qualified guy to be back there, so it will be good to get him back.”


ON AREA’S OF IMPROVEMENT—“Now that you’re 0-6 where would you like to improve? Well, that’s a long list. You know the thing that I think separates us from being 0-6 and being 4-2, 5-1 or 3-3, whatever is just making a couple critical plays here or there. You know, coming up with a play and that’s probably the biggest thing we need to find and get over the hump with and that will happen and that will come. You just don’t know when those breakthrough moments will come, but these guys have been knocking on the door for a while and it will happen. We’ve been up and down on special teams, up and down on defense, up and down on offense.  I just went through a huge statistical analysis on offense and there is no one point where you can go ‘oh this is the problem;’ it’s little things in all the areas and the thing is we are doing some things well fundamentally but we have to come up with a play at the right time, at the right moment.”


ON RUNNING BACK ROTATION—“Again, you guys have watched us enough, Mell [Holliday] is a guy that can get tough yards, pound it in there, break a tackle I mean he tends to be that type of a guy. Not saying those other guys can’t, Byron [Ellis] is kind of a mixture of both of those guys [Holliday and Hugh Charles] and is probably our best pass protector. Hugh is one of the faster guys on the team, and we try to do things that lend itself to each one of those guys and their talents. There were some plays that we had designed for the other guys that we put Hugh in and let him do. There aren’t too many tendencies, we mix that up it’s very hard to look at our hit chart and you look at our tendencies there are a few thinks that crop up but not a bunch.  You have to turn them over pretty good before you go it’s probably that, but there isn’t anything that you can go ‘27 is in they are going to throw the football or 37 is in, they are going to run it up inside,’ that is just not the case.”


ON TEXAS TECH’S DEFENSE—“They are a 4-3 [defensive] team; they have two very active safeties, I think they are somewhere in their leading tacklers. They do a nice job, I think their defense compliments their offense in terms of they are going to try and make you outscore their offense. I think they’ve done a nice job of complimenting the other side of the ball with what they do on defense.”

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