Yesterday was Butch Jones' weekly press conference. I completely forgot about it and thus, didn't write about it yesterday. Today, I'll look through the transcript and pull out the 5 most important things that the Bearcats head man had to say. It sounds like an incredible idea that no one has ever thought of. What a great decision by me. King of the woooooooooorrrrrrrrrllllllllllldddddddddddd.
That was uncalled for. All of the Jones quotes are in red.
1) Drew Frey is healthy
|“He’s going to practice. He’s back and he’s good; he’s done a great job in terms of rehabilitation. He had a sprained neck and sprained his back and we error on precaution. With all the heightened awareness across the country, we err on the side of player’s safety. We took him out as a precautionary. It was towards the end of the game, a few seconds left, and he went out but he’ll be coming back 100% because of Bob Mangine, our associate AD/sports medicine and Dr. Angelo Colosimo, our director of orthopedic services.”|
2) He's Zach Dysert's biggest fan
|This week is going to be a great challenge, a very talented football team coming in here and I know everyone wants to talk about the quarterback, but they have very good football players not just at the quarterback position, but you look at the challenges that they pose coming in here and the offense is a quarterback-oriented offense. He (Dysert) is the only quarterback in the history of the game, we’ve been playing this great game for a long period of time, to throw for over 500 yards and rush for over a 100 yards and you know I’ve said it and you guys probably get sick and tired of hearing it but I am Zach Dysert’s biggest fan. We all know what he’s capable of and able and willing to do so it’s going to be a great challenge for us so we have to do a great job obviously of applying a rush but the thing where Zach hurts you is, he’s very cerebral. He’s getting them in a run check. He’s to man and boom he’s checking quarterback draw and so he has another element and I think once he gets outside the pocket, when the pass rush lanes collapse, that’s where you see him make some very big plays not only with his legs but obviously with his arm. He definitely has the ability to defeat tight coverage, he can throw the ball in a window so obviously it’s a great challenge for us but our players also understand what they’re representing.|
3) On the biggest challenge this week
|"I think our pass coverage, and this is why this game is so important, really for the first time all year we are really going to be challenged in the back end. This is going to be a great test to our defense. From our linebacker’s drops and disciplines, to being able to tackle in space, to our overall pass rush lanes. They like to spread you out, get in a number of empty formations and so we have to prove we can play in space. I think those are some of the things we are really working on to move forward defensively.”|
4) Munchie and the first half against Virginia Tech
|"He wasn’t helped out in the first half. I thought we left a lot of points out there walking into halftime. We didn’t make the critical plays that we needed to make in the first half. That gets back to the level of consistency. We had too many dropped passes. A dropped pass in our offense is the equivalent of a turnover; it kind of stifles our momentum. I thought we let some things get away. I think the biggest thing what Munchie did from improvement from the first half to the second half is taking what the defense gives you and if it’s not there, get rid of the football. I thought in the first half he held onto the ball too long. He took some unnecessary hits, ball security. Where in the second half, he was a little more poised, a little more under control. And if it wasn’t there, he had the confidence and the poise to throw the ball away and play the next play.”|
5) The performance of the linebackers against Virginia Tech
|“I thought our linebackers took a step in the positive direction. When you look at Maalik Bomar, he is playing like a senior should play. He is leading like a senior should lead. We are going to need him, but again I think Greg Blair is really coming on, he is improving, but again I get back to that word consistency. It is still an overall level of consistency with him. With his eye discipline, taking the right reads, his pass drops, his body position, his overall effort on every single snap. That is something where we have challenged Greg (Blair) and we will continue to challenge Greg (Blair). But I just think at that position, it is overall depth. We need to continue to develop depth at that spot.”|
Are rivalries what make college football special and part of the pageantry that surrounds college football?
|Rivalries are what make college football very special. It’s all a part of that pageantry that surrounds college football.|
Is each game a new season?
|Each week is a new season in and of itself|
Number of greats: 21
Number of challenges: 11
Number of consistent/consistency: 6
Number of criticals: 5
Thanks to Go Bearcats for the quotes and to whoever transcribed the press conference.