Houston Football Postgame Quotes

Sept. 5, 2009

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On the game:
"As I told these guys, I thought as a team, we came out and started fast. It was about four or five straight possessions that we scored. That was an improvement over last year. We did not sustain it; we started mixing up the lineups. There were some young guys out there getting baptized and some of them didn't like it.

"Things were happening fast but we need it, and it was a learning experience for a lot of players. We played a bunch of guys and it's obvious that we've added some depth in youth. We have to grow up as a team. There are still some plays out there for us. All and all, I liked the way we started the game with our first units. That's an improvement from last year, and we have to improve on that. Certainly, we have to come back this week and get our younger guys and backup guys playing at that level that we need."


On special teams:
"One of our players of the game was our punter (Chase Turner) who knocked the ball down inside the five and twenty. He played very well. Our kickoff cover unit was good. I know we have room for improvement but, all in all, I didn't think it wasn't that bad. Our coverage was decent and our punting was decent."


On the offense:

"Particularly in the beginning of the game, our offensive line did a good job. Our game plan was sound on both sides of the ball. Case (Keenum) was accurate as usual. The addition of Charles Sims really helps our offense. He has great ball skills and great ball-catching abilities but he's also a good runner. We have two backs that are able to catch the ball out of the backfield and run with it. Our receivers did a good job on the perimeter of blocking in our screen game. We have a bunch of weapons and we need them because it's a long season."


On the freshman class:

"I don't know how many freshman we played tonight. We probably played the majority of the freshman class we signed. All of the defensive linemen played. It was good class we signed. They came in to help us. Because of our depth situation, we have to grow up in a hurry and play some meaningful games."



On the game

"Their first three drives we made them go three and out. I didn't like how we let up on them; I wanted them to continue to go three and out. That game is over with and now we have to prepare to go to Stillwater and face the Cowboys."


On the next game

"We have to get ready fast. They're a good team, we played them last year. We had opportunities we didn't make last year. This week has to go by fast we have to get in the film and start learning our opponent tonight was a good win but we expected this. Now we have to move on and get ready for Oklahoma State."



On receivers being spread out

"The play is to throw it to the open guy, and we had a lot of different players that got open tonight and did some good things. They were working up the field after they caught the ball. The offensive line did a good job of giving me some time, and the receivers got open and caught the pass."


On Coach Sumlin playing backups

"When you take the first five starters off the field and put five more on, there's no drop off in talent, intensity and focus. Each player can pick up right where the last player left off."



On the game

"We came out and executed plays and capitalized on making plays on the perimeter. Our running backs were doing a really good job. Our whole offensive line was setting up and just doing what they needed to do. It was normal for us to have a good rhythm and that's how we play every game.  If we play like that we'll win."


On preparing for Oklahoma State

"We have to look at film and see the mistakes we made today and not make the same mistakes next week. We had some good plays out there, but the key thing is to keep getting better. When we look at film this week, I want to learn and make sure I don't make the same mistakes again."


On competing with Charles Sims

"It is fun and exciting. It's about competing and making both of us better. He scored one touchdown, and then I came in there and scored a touchdown. He said it's one to one. Then he came back on the field and scored another touchdown and then I came back and scored another. Then it was 2 to 2. It's a lot of fun competing with each other and competing with the other team."



On preparing for Oklahoma State

"We'll have to get ready fast to watch film early on and learn the opponent and get ready for them. Today was a good win, but we expected this win. Now, we have to move and get ready for Oklahoma State."




On the University of Houston football program

"They're a very good football team. We knew that coming in and had a lot of respect for them. They'll win a lot of football games this year and they can win a lot of football games in a lot of conferences. I had a lot of respect for them coming into this game, and I still do walking off this field. They do a good job coaching. My hat goes off to UH."


On mistakes:

"They executed very well and they were in the right position a lot of times to make the right plays. I have to coach better. We will be a better football team next week. But again I give my respect to UH. They are a good football team. They looked as good in person as they did on film"


On Case Keenum:

"Case Keenum looks as good in person as he does on film, and I knew he would be. He manages their offense and does a good job seeing the field. That guy has a long career ahead of him. We have a lot of respect for him."


On coaching his first game:

"I grew up 90 miles east of here. The emotions were high. It was a great environment and a great venue. I appreciate all of our fans coming out. Houston had a great crowd as well. It's what you expect from a great program. This is the environment we want to play in. We need to go back to the drawing board and get back on track."


On his team's performance:

"I'm going to point the finger at me. I have to do a better job coaching. I didn't do that tonight. If I do better, the team will do better."


On what was encouraging about the game:

"We moved the ball and sustained a few drives. We started getting some three and outs and getting them off the field. We stopped two possessions in a row and had their offense backed up."



On the game:

"We didn't execute well early. We felt like we had a good plan coming in. We have to put points on the board and that's something we didn't do. We played a very talented football team with a good coach. I have to do a better job coaching these players."


On freshman Paul Harris:

"We knew coming in we were going to play him. I thought we did some good things. Obviously he has to pass the ball better but he will learn from those mistakes. He played in spurts but he did good things."


On the Northwestern State offense:

"We played well in spurts. We had a tremendous 97-yard drive. We had some plays stall out. The Cougars did a good job defensively, but we have to do a better job sustaining drives. We played a lot of freshmen and they will learn from this experience but at the end of the day we have to do a better job on offense and that rests on my shoulders. I'll do everything in my power to do better."




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