Oct. 21, 2003
BERKELEY - Below are selected quotes from head coach Jeff Tedford from his press conference heading into Cal's game vs. Arizona. The Bears host the Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. The contest can be heard on KGO Radio (810 AM).
On Arizona's past internal troubles
"I don't see too much turmoil now with the Wildcats. When they came to Berkeley last year, there was a lot of hype and media attention surrounding them. But now it seems like they have a new life, it seems as if they are out there having fun. The way they played against UCLA shows that they are playing well and playing hard."
On creating a pass rush against UA's offensive line
"They have huge offensive linemen, which will make it tough for us to get some people through gaps clean. I don't think we can get to their quarterback with a four-man rush. We are going to have to do some things to create some seams in their line."
On senior DE Monte Parson
"He is a very mentally tough person. I know his background in the military (Navy) contributes a lot to his personality. He is a guy who has been able to persevere through some bad times. Even at the beginning of the season when he struggled a little bit, he was able to work through it and have a great game against UCLA. That performance was a sign of his dedication to the team and family. Last year, he came to Cal and did not play, but he never complained and just worked hard, and now it is good to see him have success."
On sophomore CB Harrison Smith's injured toe
"He should play a lot more at corner this week than last week, along with James Bethea. Harrison could only play special teams last week because most of the running in special teams is straight ahead. At corner, there is a lot more turning, stopping and starting, which adds pressure to the toe."
On team morale and his message to team
"There is no different message than any other week. As for last week, we need to feel good about the positives, but we also have to look at the mistakes we made and learn from them. We are a good football team, which has competed in every game we've played. Five of our last six games have been decided in the last two minutes of the contest. We just need to start out faster. We have outscored our opponent in every quarter except the first this season. We just need to continue to prepare and stay together as a unit.
"My message to the team is don't worry about the big picture, just take it one game at a time. The last thing I am going to do is put pressure on my players, by telling them that they have to win 4 out of 5. I want them to go out there and play relaxed. We can only win one game at a time. Our number goal is to win the battle at the end of each week."
On the kicking game and Tyler Fredrickson's confidence
"I talked to Tyler just to make sure that we were on the same page. I told him that we were confident in his ability and that we just needed to work on focusing more on getting the ball up higher. Confidence comes from previous successes. So we are trying things in practice to rebuild that confidence. It is not that he isn't capable, it is just something we have to work on.
"Through hard work, practice and focus, we will get Tyler to the point where every kick is consistently up. The snaps have not been a problem. Reggie Robertson has done a great job of holding the football. He has very quick hands."
On Arizona's strengths
"They are very physical up front, especially in the middle. Their safeties are really good tacklers and are around the top of the conference in tackles. The Wildcats have some good running backs that can create on their own. I have seen their backs break a lot of tackles and bounce plays outside. I think Clarence Farmer is still one of the better backs in the conference. Nic Costa can really do some damage with his legs. He runs probably a high 4.4 -- he was a sprint champion in the state of Oregon."