Sept. 9, 2003
BERKELEY - Below are selected quotes from head coach Jeff Tedford from his press conference heading into the Cal's game at Utah. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN and can be heard on the radio on KMKY (1310 AM) in the Bay Area.
On Utah's defense
They are a big-man team that likes to get up and challenge you. The use zone pressure and are very aggressive with the blitzes. They are very well coached, get up and run to the ball.
On Cal's offense
I think Reggie (Robertson) is doing a fine job. We haven't been as consistent as we'd like to be. It's not all Reggie. The one thing that comes to mind is last week, we ran the reverse and they're in a safety blitz we've never seen, and they dropped us for a 25-yard loss. That's not something that's on Reggie. For the most part, Reggie has been fairly efficient with what he has done. The interception he threw last week early in the game was because he was hit in the back. We need to be more consistent overall as an offense. The coaches have to put them in a position to succeed
On whether backup Aaron Rodgers will play
We'll see. I hate to lock into that. If the time is right, we'll do it. Last week, it didn't feel right. We were thinking about putting Aaron in, and Reggie threw a touchdown pass and then it was the end so it never worked out.
On Rodgers' progress since arriving in August
He's done an excellent job of learning the system. In the game, changes are made, and if you have a little experience, it helps. New guys - if they don't understand the system and start making adjustment - can have a little trouble. That's the situation were in right now. It's not that Aaron isn't learning because he is extremely intelligent.
How has the team responded after Colorado State?
We've responded well. We had a good practice yesterday. We'll only have two-and-a-half days of practice this week.
Do you expect any changes from Utah due to the Utes' quarterback situation?
I think they're going to run their offense. I don't think they're going to change their offense to fit their quarterback. They have an explosive offense. They like to spread you out in the shotgun. They have a running back that's very good. I'm sure they'll rely on him. We don't know much about their quarterback, to tell you the truth
On what Cal's defense needs to do
We've tried to limit those explosion plays. The game that we won, we did a good job of that. The games that we weren't successful in, we didn't do that. Even last week, our defense did a pretty good job of keeping them out of the end zone. We did give up some big plays, which has an effect on field position and so forth. We're going try and limit them. They are explosive, so they're going to have their plays.
What factors are part of giving up the big plays?
Youth plays a part in it. Maybe guys trying too hard. They're looking to make plays and not doing what they're supposed to be. And I think that's true on both sides of the ball. Focus on your assignment and take care of your job and you'll be all right.