Oct. 23, 2012
In Monday morning's MAC Football Coaches Media Teleconference, UMass head coach Charley Molnar discussed the team's performance against Bowling Green and highlighted the coming contest with Vanderbilt.
On the performance of the team in its most recent contest, a 24-0 loss to Bowling Green:
"Our defense really performed very well. In the first half it was 7-0 ball game and even in second half we did a great job of holding Bowling Green out of the endzone for quite a while. Offensively, we just couldn't get anything going and it took the wind out of the defense's sails when they would have a great series, come off the field and the offense just couldn't create any momentum for our football team. I think that really hurt us."
On the play of the defense specifically against Bowling Green:
"That is by far the best we have performed, especially against the run, this year. Our team just seemed to be coming together defensive on the afternoon and I was pleased with the way they played, the enthusiasm they had and their pursuit of the ball. I think the biggest thing was that we eliminated so many of the mental errors that plague young football teams or teams that are starting off with a new coaching staff. It seemed like we were able to move over that hump, so hopefully we can maintain that as we move forward."
On the opportunity to play Vanderbilt on the road this coming weekend
On the status of freshman TE Derek Beck
"Any time you go out-of-conference you are carrying the banner for the MAC and we know we will have a lot of eyes on us with just the fact that we are playing an SEC team that beat Auburn last week is enough to get everybody excited. I know our guys are ready to play football, even after the game [against Bowling Green] I could tell our guys were disappointed but not discouraged. The morale was good - no one likes to lose and we certainly didn't taking losing easy but I think our guys will come back, practice hard and be ready to play."
"He is out today [Monday] and is going to go through some further examinations through the next 24 hours and then we will get the lay of the land with him but hopefully he will only be out until midweek. I don't know if that will be the case or not."
On measuring the status of the program 2/3rds of the way through the season
"I am looking at every game as an opportunity to win. Every game is a teaching moment to teach our guys how to do everything right during the course of the week - how to use their time effectively at practice and off the field. Whenever you play in a bigger venue with a louder crowd that is against you, what you are really doing is preparing your team for the big games you will play as you venture forward. Playing at Vanderbilt is a different kind of pressure, but never-the-less it's an intense setting that will help our guys as they go forward and as we start playing bigger and more meaningful games in the Mid-American Conference where we are competing for an Eastern Division Championship."