September 27, 2011
#17- Brock Osweiler
Press Conference Quotes
ON THE DRIVE AFTER LOSING THE LEAD:
"After USC had scored, the offense had gotten together real quick before we went onto the field and said we have to answer, it needs to happen right now. We stuck to our guns and each guy took care of their job on that drive and we marched down the field and put it in the end zone. As an offense we feel that we can do that at any given point and time as long as each person takes care of their job. With the tempo that we play, we can score a lot of points and we can score them quick and that's what we showed on that drive."
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ON LEADERSHIP ON THE FIELD:
"[I try to] keep guys focused on the situation at hand. Don't worry about the score, don't worry about the situation, just worry about that next drive that's coming up. We talk a lot on the bench while the defense is on the field and then right before we take the field for our drive, usually I say something and some of the other seniors will say a few things to get everyone's mind focused on just that drive that we are about to start."
ON THE MATURITY REGARDING IN-GAME SETBACKS:
"The majority of the offense has been playing and starting for a number of years. Everybody has been through those situations before, everybody knows how to handle them now and I think it's a real veteran group understanding what needs to take place during games."
ON LEARING FROM ILLINOIS GAME IN PREPARING FOR OREGON STATE:
"The Illinois game might have been a blessing in disguise. Sometimes a game like that is really good for a team. I think the majority of the guys from the team and the coaching staff learned a ton from that game - I know I did personally. That should definitely help us prepare for Oregon State and make sure that we go into that game focused and take care of business."
ON Cameron Marshall PLAYING AGAINST USC:
"I didn't know [if he was going to play or not]. For all I knew, I was going to have Cameron Marshall for every play. Cameron's a warrior, he's a tough dude and he's not going to sit out of a game unless he absolutely has to. I expected I would have Cameron in the backfield the majority of the game. He fought through the injury and played tremendous."
ON WHAT MARSHALL BRINGS TO THE TEAM:
"Cameron [Marshall] is a very positive guy, he's a good guy to have in the locker room. He's a leader and he leads by example. He's not the most vocal guy. He'll say things when they need to be said, but he's what you want in a football player. He's dedicated to the program, he's a smart guy and he's a great teammate."
ON THE RUNNING BACKS:
"We have a lot of really good running backs. Cameron [Marshall] brings to the table some different things than Kyle Middlebrooks and James Morrison will bring a whole set of different attributes and if we get Deantre Lewis back, he's a different back. Each guy brings different things to the table and respectively they all bring very great things to this football team."
ON CORRECTING MISTAKES:
"I learned a ton from the Illinois game. I really diagnosed that football game and the tape from it to see the areas that I needed to improve upon. I made a list of those things and I made sure that I reviewed them everyday before I went out to practice and I really tried focusing on those things. As a result, I believe a few of the things got cleaned up Saturday night against USC and that was good to see."
ON STAYING IN THE POCKET UNDER PRESSURE:
"It is part of the position. To be honest, I really enjoy it. When you get a ball off and complete it and still get hit - to me there is no better feeling in football other than throwing a touchdown pass, but there are a lot of things I like about playing quarterback. That's the reason I chose to play it at a young age and I think that is one of them. It's a pretty cool thing to understand where you're going with the football and beat the blitz with it and get a completion."
ON THE LIST HE MADE AFTER ILLINOIS LOSS:
"I try to keep it to five at most because you could critique every play, but I try to keep it at five or less. It was the full five after Illinois. Like I said, I learned a lot from that game and I really focused in on improving upon those things last week in practice. One thing, for example was keeping two hands on the ball when I am in the pocket. Sometimes I'll start separating a hand when I'm getting ready to throw or run and I need to keep it [on the ball] for ball security and that was one thing that I really stressed in practice and after going through the USC tape again today, I did improve in that area."
ON CONFIDENCE IN Gerell Robinson:
"I have the utmost confidence in everyone that is on the field with me. Those guys put in a ton of work in the offseason and they are all quality football players. A mistake is going to happen in a football game and Coach Noel Mazzone always says forget about what happened and play the next play. That's all you can do, that's all you can control. Gerell Robinson dropped the football, big deal, it happens, it's part of football. He was my second read when I came back to him. Aaron Pflugrad was covered, I went back to Gerell [Robinson]. He was open so obviously the football was going to him and he made the big play."
ON Mike Willie:
"Mike Willie played great. He kind of wowed me with that hurdle he had. He had a guy on him and still made the hurdle, but Mike [Willie] is great football player. I don't think he gets enough credit for what he does in our run game. If anyone ever watches film, he'll take cornerbacks and put them flat on their back play after play. He flat out dominates guys at the line of scrimmage. Mike's a great asset to this team, he's a fun guy to be around, he brings a lot of energy to the room and he is a great wide receiver as he showed Saturday night."
ON OREGON STATE:
"Same things that we saw against [Oregon State] last year. They play a base defense, some cover eight, man free, but the big thing about Oregon State is that they have guys who understand their system and they are going to execute it to a tee. They are going to play very hard, there is never a letdown with their guys. They have high motors and they play with a lot of energy and a lot of heart."
ON FACING DEFENSE SIMILAR TO ASU'S:
"[It is beneficial because we] understand what that defense is trying to do. It does help me out a lot because I see [this defense] all during the spring and in practice everyday, so it's almost like we are going against our defense except with different guys across the ball. It does help out, but at the same time they do a few things slightly different, but it definitely does help give you the background of a defense. "
ON HIS DECISION MAKING:
"Take what they give you. I would say that is how I have always played, especially since high school. I don't try to overthink the game. I know a lot of quarterbacks will spend hours upon hours in the film room during the week and say, `When I see this, I'm going to throw the ball here no matter what,' whereas I go in and study an opponent and I'll understand what they're doing and I'll take what they give me. Coach Noel Mazzone always says believe what you see and that is what I do. If a guy is open, he's getting the football; if he's not open, I move on to the next guy. It's pretty much as simple as that. I don't want to force things. If a defense is sitting back in coverage and they're going to give us this throw or they're going to give us this run, I'm going to take it until they stop it. As far as my running on pass plays sometimes I drop back and I go to my first look and it's covered, I go to my second look and it's covered and I kind of feel the holes and sometimes you have to take off and get a first down."
ON DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAC-12 OPPONENTS AND ILLINOIS:
"Every team has their defense that they are going to run. I would say that Illinois played a defense that I had never played against before. They brought the dogs every play and that is something that I have not been too familiar with. As far as players or stuff like that there is no major difference. A Division I football team is a Division I football team."
ON PACE OF THE OFFENSE:
"We said all week long that we wanted to play with great tempo. We needed to play faster at Illinois. We didn't play up to the tempo that we are capable of. We definitely did get back to that Saturday and I know Coach Noel Mazzone was very happy with it; I was happy with it. But once again we can always go faster, so we are going to work on that this week and try to get faster and faster with our tempo. "
ON MAKING USC'S DEFENSE PAY WITH UP TEMPO PLAY:
"It worked. There were numerous times that we noticed early in the game that their defense was still waiting to get the call and we were down and ready to go, so we would snap the football. Once we noticed that, it really encouraged us to go faster and faster to keep catching them off guard and I think it worked for the majority of the night."