Cal-Presbyterian Postgame Quotes
Sept. 17, 2011
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH Jeff Tedford
On reaching 75 career wins, most all-time at Cal:
"(The acknowledgment) was very nice. It has a lot to do with all the players and coaches over nine years and three games. That is who really deserves the credit. Over the years, it has been a family affair with the support from my wife and kids; (having them with me) makes it extra special."
On the past 10 years at Cal:
"(When I first got here) I didn't think this far ahead. I was just thinking one game at a time. It has gone by quickly. I didn't think about (the record) much until this week when I got asked a lot of questions about it. It made me reflect about way back when, our first year here, the players and coaches that first year. It makes you think of Kyle Boller and Nnamdi Asomugha, and that whole first team that had the best turnaround in college football. There are so many guys, not just the star players, each and every player over the past 10 years who have been on this football team and helped us prepare. When you reflect on that it is pretty emotional."
On playing backup players:
"It was nice seeing everybody get in the game. We were looking to play well enough to get everybody in the game so they could get the experience they need."
On playing at AT&T Park:
"It was odd. I hope next time we come here it is a little more like home-field advantage. It was really quiet out there. We are used to having our student section right behind us where it creates a buzz and energy. It felt really dead out there today."
On the strong start to the season:
"It is huge to start off 3-0, but we all know what is going to be coming at us in conference play. Every week is competitive. We go on the road to Washington, it is tough. Every opponent in the Pac-12 is highly competitive. We didn't play well enough today. We had 10 penalties and a blocked punt for a touchdown. We just need to get better at certain things."
On QB Zach Maynard:
"He still needs to be more consistent. He missed a couple of balls. He got fooled on the interception, thought it was zone and it was man. We just need to be more accurate and consistent. Some receivers made great plays on some balls. Spencer Hagan made a great catch when he was wide open. We had Marvin (Jones) wide open on a deep post and missed him. All those things are things we can improve on."
Zach Maynard, QB
On today's performance:
"We did a good job today as an offense as a whole unit. We have a lot of things we need to work on. We will work on it in practice this upcoming week. We will watch film and see what we did wrong and get ready for next week."
On correcting the mental errors and improving as a unit:
"You have to know what you are doing wrong and learn from it the first time. We have stuff we have to clean up and be more focused."
On your third down efficiency:
"On third down you always have to stay calm and remain poised in the pocket. As an offense, converting on third down is great for us, but we don't want to be put in that situation. Your focus level turns up. You have to know your down and distance always and you have to know where the sticks are whether it is third and long or third and short. You have to get the ball to the guys who make the big plays."
On the receiving unit:
"We have a lot of weapons. Everyone contributes during the course of the game. I don't have a favorite receiver. I get it to a guy who catches the ball and makes a guy miss and heads down field."
Matt Summers-Gavin, RT
On Jeff Tedford's accomplishment:
"I was aware he was in contention to get the most wins and that's great for him. To be up there as the best coach in Cal football history, that is a tremendous honor."
On playing at AT&T Park as a San Francisco native:
"I was born and raised here. I have been too many San Francisco Giants games here since 2000 when it opened. It was an amazing to play on this field. It was a little weird at first playing in dirt and going from dirt to grass, but you get used to it."
Marvin Jones, WR
On playing at AT&T Park:
"It is a great venue and we know it is. It is a pleasure playing here. Back in 2008, I played here in the Emerald Bowl and it was a great experience."
On the game:
"Coming into this game, we had to check who we are as a team. We know we had the potential to win big but we didn't let that make us ease off the button. Obviously, we made mistakes and that is on us. It was a great win overall though."
On Jeff Tedford's accomplishment:
"It was important to us as players. He is our coach and we have been in this program for a while. He is dear to all of our hearts. He is our head coach. He down-played it but I am pretty sure he is excited and really happy. It is well deserving for him."
On the ice bath:
"If you saw him, you could tell he was trying to run away from it but you can't run away from the ice bath. All I saw was him running and I saw other people holding him up."
Kennan Allen, WR
On the offense:
"I feel like we are playing real well right now. We made a couple mistakes and we have to correct them."
"They kept playing football. They never stopped fighting. They took it as they were playing a regular team, no matter what their name is. They came out there and put up a good fight."
Brendan Bigelow, TB
On your first collegiate experience:
"It was pretty good. I really enjoyed it; I had a good time out there. I had no idea how much I would play."
On your knee:
"It is pretty good. I am just taking it one day at a time and making sure everything is good with it. For the most part it is pretty good."
On your first play:
"I was a little nervous but when the game went on, I got pretty comfortable."
On the kickoff return:
"I was really happy to finally get to do something not being able to play for about a year and a half. It was pretty special to get out there and show what I can do."
PRESBYTERIAN HEAD COACH HAROLD NICHOLS
On California's Wide Receivers:
"Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen are two pretty good football players. We had a hard time trying to cover either one of those two guys. We played Wake Forest and Clemson last year, and they have some very talented guys outside, but those two guys are real difference makers. They played into the fourth quarter and made a lot of plays in the second half. They're an awful good football team. Coach Tedford has a really good football team with those two guys out there because they're really special."
On the game:
"Any time you play games like this, obviously, you're outmatched. Your opponent is bigger, faster and stronger. You're looking for improvement from week two to week three. A lot of people asked me during the week: `Is this the biggest game PC has ever played?' I said: `Well, yeah, because it's the next one.' I'll say the same thing next week when we have to go play Furman on the road. I think that it was a great experience for our kids to come out here to a different part of the country, getting to play against one of the best teams in the Pac-12 in California. I think you get to use it as a measuring stick to a certain degree. We'll concentrate on ourselves, try to improve as a football team each week and that's what we tried to do here today."
On Presbyterian's play:
"I don't think we played very well to be honest with you, especially offensively. Part of that credit goes to Cal because they're awful good. But we didn't execute very well offensively. We had some three-and-outs. Our defense was on the field too much. We got some third downs that were third and longs, and they would throw it to Marvin or they would throw it to Keenan and those guys are hard to cover out there in space. So give credit to them, they did a good job, but I think we didn't particularly play very well on the day."
On the trip to San Francisco:
"I have to give some credit to the California Highway Patrol because they did a really good job yesterday of taking us around and showing us San Francisco. We had a little bit of time yesterday after we worked out. We saw some of the local sights here which was a really good experience for our kids. So there was some educational value to it to, other than just football. So hats off to those guys at the California Highway Patrol. They did a great job."
Justin Bethel, CB
On his punt block:
"It was supposed to be a middle return and I had one of the end wings. So I ran down and got a good start off of the ball. The (protection) wall went to the right and the punter didn't go inside the wall, so I just told myself, `I'm going to keep going.' I ran straight at it and looked for it, saw it still rolling around, so I picked it up and ran it in."
On his interception:
"We were in a cover-three look and I was coming down. I saw the quarterback looking down. I was basically staring him down so I just broke on the ball, caught it and ran it in."
On which receiver he was more comfortable covering between Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen:
"I really didn't have a certain man that I had to guard. Whatever the coverage was, I was just out there guarding whoever I had in that coverage. I did go up against both of them a couple of times. Keenan Allen made some amazing catches, Marvin (Jones) too. They're both really great athletes and you've got to give credit to them."
On his first experience to California and flying:
"This is my first trip, it's (also) my first time flying. California is a beautiful place. I saw the Golden Gate Bridge and now have it as a background on my phone now."
On playing in a different weather climate compared to South Carolina:
"The temperature had a nice cool breeze to it. It wasn't really humid. It was a little easier to breathe because it didn't get real hot so that helped."
On facing Pac-12 competition:
"I love facing the best competition I possibly can. It lets you know where you're at as a player and what your real ability is. I really enjoyed it."