Kevin Morris' Weekly CAA Teleconference
Oct. 12, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The Colonial Athletic Association had its weekly football teleconference on Monday and as always, UMass head coach Kevin Morris took part and gave his thoughts on a variety of topics. Coach answered questions on Saturday's loss at Delaware, the good play he is getting out of his kicker, and the leadership of Jeromy Miles.
Below is the transcript of Coach Morris' portion of the teleconference.
On the 43-27 loss at Delaware:
We caused a fumble and got an interception and came away with no points on both of those situations right before the half. So all the way into the third quarter we're down 23-6 with 2:00 left in the third, and battling back and forth a little bit but still not really clicking. Then they scored a touchdown with 7:00 left in the third (quarter) and we come back and throw (an interception) and their first play is a touchdown and now it's 37-6, right at the end of the third quarter. We had our work cut out for us, but certainly didn't get it done. Delaware is very strong on both sides of the ball. They played real well offensively and defensively and we did not.
On whether the week off led to the team not being used to game speed:
We tried to address all those issues so we wouldn't come out rusty, so we wouldn't come out not ready to play full speed. You can attribute it to everyone, but the bottom line is we didn't come out to play good solid hard-nosed UMass football when it was all said and done.
On correcting the miscues, including Tony Nelson's fumble:
On the Armando Cuko's kicking:
On if he views the 21-point fourth quarter as his team showing some fight:
Yes, that was exactly what I view it as. I think our team from the beginning (starting with the) K-State game came out and we've been a team that's going to play. But, we didn't execute well for 60 minutes against Delaware, but the game indicates that we play hard and continue to fight. We're not going to give up and that's certainly a characteristic you want in your football team. So we've got that. We're really happy about that, but we really need to work on the flaws. If we're not productive on both sides of the ball and on special teams, we need to have that big play that can change a game. We're emphasizing those things now and will continue to do so.
On Jeromy Miles and his emergence as a leader:
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