Cal has Words for USC
Coach Tom Holmoe on the USC Game
"When it comes down to playing football, you've got to take away the names and the faces and just get ready to play a good solid game. The emotions are going to take care of themselves. As the game gets closer and closer they will steadily grow and hopefully come to a peak during the game. Until then, we are going to try to maintain a good work ethic in practice throughout the week just like we have up to this point. It's important that we don't get emotionally frayed because we have to have our wits about us for a game like this.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for (USC Coach) John Robinson. I competed against him when he was with the Rams and I'm sure he'll have his team ready to go. Their an 0-2 team right now, but they're good and they've played some very good teams. They're going to be ready to come up here and try to get their season back on track."
Question and answer with coach Holmoe
A: "I'm not really surprised, maybe the numbers are low, but last year they had a very young offensive line. This year with a new offensive coordinator in Hugh Jackson, they are going through a transition period as they try to change their offensive style. But I think its going to take them a little time to put it all together, hopefully more than three weeks. But I don't think there is a question that the line is talented and they have the skill people to produce, is just a matter of time before they get the job done.
Q: "Can you talk a little about the match-up between the Cal wide receivers and the USC cornerbacks?"
A: "USC has a fine corner combination with Kelley and McCutcheon. They're fast, athletic and competitive. I not sure there's a better combination of corners around, but with what Bobby (Shaw) has done in the first two games, it makes for a nice match-up."
Q: "Are you surprised that opponents have tried to cover Bobby one-on-one so far this season?"
A: "One of the problems of facing somebody who's hot, whether its a tailback or a wide receiver, is you don't want to depart too far from what you do. Most people might look at the situation and say 'my goodness, why don't you put two people on him?' But, that would really detract from the rest of your defense. So if it fits in their scheme to do that (double-cover Shaw) than we'll see that. But if it's too much a departure from what you do, then you are taking a significant risk to do that. Just like last week, we spent a lot of time focusing in on Oklahoma's tailback (De'Mond Parker). Because of that we came out of some of the things that we do quite frequently and it hurt us when they went to the passing game. So, you take risks when you change your defense."
Q: "Are you happy with the way your defense is defending the run?"
A: "Yes, although Parker's first run (54 yards) was a little disconcerting. But, overall I was very pleased with the way the defense rallied and especially after that. The run defense has been very good, it's been one of the strengths in the two games we've played so far."
Q: "How is USC's offense different now that Hugh Jackson is the offensive coordinator?"
A: "It's different in that they've implemented the west coast offense. Their passing game is very similar to ours. They traditionally have run out of the I-backs and now the run a lot of split backs or off-set backs. They also run a lot of one back sets, which they some last year. But they've gotten away from the traditional SC attack.
Jerry DeLoach - Defensive End
"This is the Pac-10. Anybody can beat anybody."
On last year's win "It gives you confidence. We expected to win that game. But, this is another game that you have to prepare for."
Justin Flagg - Linebacker
"USC is a good challenge, but I think we are ready for it."
Deltha O'Neil- Tailback
On the keys to the wining the game
A.J. Kunkle - Tight End
Yauger Williams - Guard
Kato Serwanga - Cornerback
Justin Vedder - Quarterback