Sept. 21, 1999
BERKELEY - Comments from Cal football coach Tom Holmoe from his weekly media luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Cal hosts Arizona State this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
On the past bye week:
"It's good to have those preseason games out of the way and have that bye week. I think it's a real benefit to have that bye week for a couple of reasons. First, we had a couple of injuries so we were able to get a few guys more work, specifically for Matt Beck. We were able to get a couple of guys in there and take a look at them and just be a little bit better prepared going into a game. Secondly, it's our Pac-10 opener against a very good team. I am awfully excited about the prospects of this game for us. We really didn't play very well against Nebraska. We gained a lot of positive things out of the game. In a nutshell, I think there were some guys who grew as a result of that game."
On the start of Pac-10 conference play:
"This is what it is all about now, playing the Pac-10 schedule. Obviously, the Pac-10 has not performed admirably in non-conference games. The focus of our attention is not so much on how the Pac-10 is doing but how the Cal Bears are going to do. So we are just going ahead with this season. We are optimistic about a good start and that's what we are looking to do."
On playing Arizona State:
"I think that we are going to go into this game and do what it takes to win, and if that means that we have to throw a few trick plays out there or do something that we haven't shown, well, we're going to do whatever it takes to win this game."
On starting quarterback duties vs. Arizona State:
"Kyle Boller is going to start the game at the quarterback position. He is going to start because we think he deserves an opportunity to get in there and show what he can do. He has improved a lot from the day we first got him here. He's done some good things in the games and now he's going to have that opportunity to play. It doesn't take anything away from Sam Clemons, but this is Kyle's time to go. I think some of the offensive woes that we've had, especially last week against Nebraska, hopefully we will be able to remedy at home in a big game with a lot of enthusiasm and good team offensive play."
On replacing inside linebacker Matt Beck:
"Juan Jimenez will start. He's done a good job. We feel that last year, before he got hurt, that he was doing a pretty good job. He got hurt early and ended up redshirting all. He's a very smart linebacker. Sometimes when you make a change for a really strong starter, one of the things that you'll lose is the mentality out there, and guys will start going in the wrong places. That is not going to happen to Juan. We feel that he's a very bright player, physically and mentally and he's got tremendous work ethic. He's physical, although he's not big in stature, and he'll come up and hit you. So we're excited about the opportunity to see how he can do in that position. We know we are losing a great player, probably one of our very best, but it's not a dramatic drop-off like we may have experienced in past years with some positions."