Sept. 28, 1999
BERKELEY - Comments from Cal head football coach Tom Holmoe from his weekly press conference:
On traveling to Washington State this week:
"Everybody in the media is reminding me that we haven't won in the state of Washington in 20 years, so I guess I've got to address that. I have no idea why that is the case other than I think we played some pretty good WSU teams. That's the way it is. I'm not superstitious and I don't think there is any mojo or anything on the team, it's just been that they have been pretty good. I think right now, Washington State has a very dangerous offense that has been putting up a lot of big numbers. They are just having a hard time winning games."
On preparing for Washington State:
"Our focus of attention is definitely on Washington State. There is no way, shape, or form are we not going to do everything possible to prepare for this game. They still have some very good athletes. They are giving up points on defense and I don't really see all the reasons why. On the offensive side of the ball, their style is spread-out wide open and they have a fair number of receivers that can catch the ball. They are dangerous enough that you can play them well for a series or two or three and shut them down, and then on one particular play, like we've been prone to, you can give up a big play and it's a touchdown."
On improving as a team:
"We need to concentrate on our own efforts to improve and not so much on (Washington State). I think one of the things that we are going to need as the season progresses is for our younger players, who are playing a larger role, to continue to improve and gain experience quickly. These young guys really have potential to develop through the season and that is what we are hoping for."
On NT Jacob Waasdorp:
"I think that, for one, Jacob Waasdorp has made steady improvement from the first day that he has been here. He gets better and better every game and really he is turning into one of the best linemen in our conference. I really believe that if you look at the tape, game after game after game, he makes plays all over the place. And as far as productivity and the pressure he puts on people, his strength against the run and the pass, I don't think you see guys in the league that are as productive as him. I think he's just getting to the point where he is able to win a large percentage of those one-on-one battles that he's in."