"We've spent a lot of time this week preparing for Memphis because we feel like every conference game right now is really critical for our football team," said head coach Dana Dimel. "If we can find a way to get a win next week, we'll get ourselves back on track."
Dimel stressed that with an open week the common mindset is to use the time to focus on the football basics and fundamentals in getting the team as a whole better rather than go over specific game preparation. Not so for the Cougars, who have spent the week going over mechanics of the game plans in relation to the upcoming Memphis game Oct. 21. And, Dimel admits, it is a slightly different approach.
"Right now we're not spending as much time on basics but spending time trying to find a way to beat Memphis next week," continued Dimel. "They're one of the better defensive teams in the conference, but their offense has been average. We need to find a way to put points on the board against them and win this ball game.
"Our football team needed an off-week, it comes at a great time. We needed a week to regroup and get ourselves a bit more healthy and a little bit more mentally prepared to play. Hopefully we'll be even more fresh for the next ball game."
On the field junior, TE Tommie Baldwin (strained right knee) might be ready to play at Memphis. Junior TE Jonathan Pritchett, who suffered a stress fracture during the pre-season, was red-shirted this week and will miss the remainder of the season.