Sept. 30, 2003
BERKELEY - Below are selected quotes from head coach Jeff Tedford from his press conference heading into Cal's game vs. Oregon State. The Bears host the Beavers on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. The contest can be heard on KGO Radio (810 AM); there will be no live TV.
On playing for Mike Riley in the CFL:
"I had a great time with Mike in the CFL. He is a great guy and players love him, and I have always respected him."
On Oregon State's offense:
"They have an experienced offensive line and a physical run game. They force you to load the box up to stop the run, then they have James Newson out there, who can do things against you if you single cover him. I think Derek Andersen is playing better. He was shaky at the beginning of the season, but has really calmed down. In all, they are a very good team. They are a veteran team, and whenever you have an offensive line like they do, then you can really use all your offensive weapons."
On Oregon State's defense:
"Their defense is leading the conference in points allowed, yielding only 16 points per game, and they are at the top of the charts in most of the other defensive categories, as well. They have great team speed. Richard Seigler is one of the best linebackers in the country. They are very physical inside, and their secondary gets into your face and challenges you on every play. Again, they don't give you any easy throws; they try to hold you to low percentage passes."
On RB Stephen Jackson:
"He is really their emotional leader - his teammates really rally behind him. He cannot be tackled by one guy. You must gang tackle him, because he is so strong and physical. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, too. Simply put, he is a big time back."
On Oregon State's running attack:
"They like to get things going laterally, so he (Jackson) can hit creases with his speed and strength. I sure hope that we don't let another 200-yard day happen again. I hope we have learned something from last year's game."
On staying focused after an emotional win:
"I am doing my best everyday, so that they know that that game is over. The USC game was just another game. I know it was great for the alumni and for the university, but it's over. It is going to be a challenge getting the kids to focus in, because they are going to be around a bunch of people on campus telling them about how great the win was. I can't control the message they get around campus, but I am going to continue to harp on it all week in practice."
On DE Monte Parson:
"He played well. He had two tackles for losses against USC. Monte practices everyday of the week with 100 percent effort, and it is really paying off for him. Coach (Ken) Delgado is doing a great job with him. He is a very respectful guy. He is all, 'yes sir, no sir.' Monte never complains about anything. He has surfaced as a leader for this team and has began to voice his encouragement."
On preparation and mindset of Cal defense:
"We talk all the time about treating all setbacks as temporary. We always want to be positive and stay together as a team, no matter what happens. Coach (Bob) Gregory and the defensive staff have done a tremendous job of encouraging, staying positive and believing in the kids - it is very evident in our defense.
"In a couple games in which they have yielded some big plays, they've always come back. Our defense doesn't get down on themselves, but continues to believe. If we stub our toe a little, we take the time to make sure that we realize what happened and what it takes to win. If we do happen to lose, it is not because we don't play hard or give a good effort.
"I think this group has done a nice job of turning things around. Even in practice, if someone jumps offsides, the players just continue to encourage one another. My players' attitudes were evident in the USC game, when they came back and tied it at 21-21. We did not have any doubt or disbelief, because they rely on one another."
On Jonathan Makonnen's season ending foot injury:
"Jonathan has been fighting this stress fracture for a while now. It just did not respond. Now someone will have to step up. We do have guys who can do so - Burl Toler, Vinny Strang, David Gray and Randy Bundy are all ready. I am sure they will play great."