Tom Holmoe's Weekly Press Conference
Oct. 12, 1999
BERKELEY - Comments from Cal head coach Tom Holmoe from his weekly football media luncheon. Cal visits UCLA at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday. The game will be televised regionally on ABC.
Reviewing last week's BYU game:
"Looking at the film, obviously there were a number of things we did quite well. I think the defensive line did a tremendous job attacking their quarterback. I think we did everything we could to attack them, and I was proud of the way they played. We broke down in a couple of areas though. Randy Stewart, our safeties coach, did a little study that showed they had over 100 yards passing on broken plays, where we'd flush (BYU QB Kevin) Feterik out of the pocket and he'd dump the ball off to the tight end or the back. That's not lucky, that's good preparation and execution and it's tough to give up a 100 yards like that."
On the need to improve offensively:
"Looking at the game, there are certain areas on defense that we can improve on, but the main focus still remains on the offense and how we need to continue to get better and better in almost every position, and we will do that this week. We are attempting to improve our offensive production by changing personnel and game-planning for the UCLA game, doing everything we can to try to complement the defense, to be able to keep the defense off the field, moving the chains, and scoring more points."
On the kicking duties:
"Mark Jensen will come into this game as the kicker. He's done a great job kicking off and he had an opportunity to kick a couple of PATs (at BYU) and looked very good and confident. Right now, he gives us a good opportunity to get better in that area."
On special teams:
"The special teams performed well again, with Deltha O'Neal once again leading the way. Give credit to some of the core guys that did a good job inside. Nick Harris is continuing to do a super job and is leading the conference in punting. I feel good about the special teams."
On moving Jemeel Powell and Drae Harris to wide receiver:
"The focus of attention for our team right now is on the offensive side of the ball. Jemeel Powell is going to go fulltime to wide receiver, and Drae Harris is going to move to wide receiver to give us a little more help outside. In doing so, Atari Callen will move up the depth chart at cornerback. We are feeling very confident in his skills, and now he'll have a chance to play more and that will be very good for both him and us. We'll spread the ball around a little bit more and we need to do it better, so if we can get more guys out there the better we'll be on offense."
On LaShaun Ward and the future of the cornerback position:
"LaShaun Ward is the future of our cornerback position at Cal. One of the things that we've been able to do on defense, because of good corner play in the last two years, is play a very aggressive front. If you don't have corners that can play, the defensive style that we have right now could not be run. When Deltha O'Neal leaves next year, you can envision Chidi Iwuoma and LaShaun Ward being able to hold that down and that's a nice transition. We know that LaShaun will be better and better each week and we'll look to him to take that position. Jemeel Powell will definitely come back to the defensive side of the ball in spring football because we always want to have at least three solid corners and we're not going to sacrifice that for our offense."
On looking for winning solutions:
"We have to find solutions, and those solutions might not come this year. The solutions might be part of recruiting. But we are not going to quit. We've got chances. One of these days our QB (Kyle Boller) is going to go back to pass and he's going to hit about eight in a row and we're going to score a couple of touchdowns. When that happens, we're going to wins some games. And it's going to happen. It's just a matter of when it's going to happen, and we're fighting like crazy to make it happen this week. We are not giving up a game, no way."