Oct. 12, 2000
ON THE LOUISVILLE GAME (Louisville 38, UAB 17 - Oct. 7 in Birmingham) : "We played really hard. That makes it worse for you, because you want better for them (the players). But we just didn't play well. And Louisville played really well, and had great plans. I think they out-coached us. They really exposed our weaknesses on both sides of the ball. And we were not able to adjust like I'd hoped. I think we made some good adjustments as coaches, but the players didn't get them done. So we've got some things to work out on the practice field - or there are some personnel changes that have to be made to take care of that? It's just something that you've got to work out. Louisville did a great job against us, all the way around - coaching and playing - it was by far their best game of the year."
ABOUT NOT SCORING LATE IN THE FIRST HALF VS. LOUISVILLE WHILE IN FIELD GOAL
"We were there (at the Cardinals' 30-yardline) with a minute to go in the half and we called a pass and got it intercepted. We could have probably kicked a field goal and gone in down 17-13. We would have been a whole lot better off. So you second guess yourself on that play call -- and I called that play. We also had a guy wide open for a touchdown and it would have been 17-17 and we let our quarterback get hit as he's letting it go. We have a good field goal kicker (Rhett Gallego), his confidence is way up right now. We need to find a way to keep using him."
DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE HARD TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER SUCH A TOUGH LOSS?:
"I thought Sunday's practice was pretty good, and that's pretty early after the game. We've been pretty good about that. I don't think it had anything to do with being ready to play or not against Louisville. If we weren't ready to play, I'd be a little more concerned. It was just a bad day. We kept playing hard, we didn't get as frustrated as we did in the Chattanooga game when we got behind (UAB trailed 15-7 midway through fourth quarter and came back to win 20-15). We hung in there. I was very proud of them for coming back, it was a great comeback. We were down 17-0 and getting killed, and then we take an 11-play drive and score. I'm not worried about that. I belive they'll come back. I don't think the confidence level is bad, and I think putting Jeff (Aaron) in will give them a boost. "
ON THE CHANGE OF STARTING QUARTERBACKS (Jeff Aaron for Daniel Dixon):
"Well, I think that what we're missing - throw out all the injuries (UAB has had 14 offensive players injured at one time or another since fall practice began) - is throwing the ball. We've been number one in our league in rushing, and in the top 25 in the nation going into last week's game. But we're throwing for 100 yards a game when we're calling 30 passes a game. We'd be better off running the wishbone than doing what we've been doing. I think it got exposed big time last Saturday, what they (Louisville) did was say 'you're not running it inside, we may let you run it a little outside, but you're going to have to throw the ball to beat us.' We couldn't do it, we couldn't make enough plays to win the game throwing the ball. As a matter of fact, we turned it over two big times on the pass - two interceptions that really, really hurt in the first half. We could have gone into the half behind 17-10 at the worst, but 24-10 really put a damper on things, and we came out in the second half and the crowded us even more and we don't make a first down on three straight tries. They scored once in three tries and it's 31-10. Then we were throwing it every down, and we saw what happened - until Jeff went into the game. So I think Jeff deserves that opportunity. If we don't pass it better, we can't win. I'm not saying we've got to throw it more than 30 times a game, but we've got to throw it better when we throw it."
MORE ABOUT AARON:
"He's been our best 'bench' leader. I remember him at LSU, I remember him last week, I know he wants to be out there. He thinks he should be out there, and could make the plays if he was, and yet he's been the most positive, upbeat leader we've had on the sidelines whether it's our defense -- he was one of the guys that started the chant 'defense, defense' when we were at Kansas trying to stop them. He's been a great leader for us even though he hasn't been on the field. I don't forget those things, either. But that's not why he's playing. He's playing because physically, he's done the best job of throwing the ball."
DOES AARON GIVE THE OFFENSE ANOTHER DIMENSION WITH HIS ARM STRENGTH, QUICK
"We've got to get rid of the ball quicker -- we've held it too long. Both of our other quarterbacks (Daniel Dixon, Thomas Cox) have. There's no doubt about that. Jeff gives us the capability of getting the ball down the field. We saw that Saturday (vs. Louisville), his first pass was to a 'second' receiver who was being bumped, and he found him and laid a perfect pass right up the boundary to him (a 43-yard completion to Travis Johnson). He gives us the 'big play' possibility that we haven't gotten enough of."
ABOUT THE MEMPHIS DEFENSE:
"I was leaving the field after the Louisville game thinking 'now we've got to play Memphis.' I knew we had already struggled offensively against Louisville and now we've got to line up and play a team that's better than Louisville -- defensively better, for sure. Nobody's moved the ball on them, so it's a concern. There's no doubt about it. But at the same time, if we just don't turn it over, Louisville wouldn't have scored as many points, either. If Jeff and our running backs will take care of the ball, then it should be a good game. You worry more about a Louisvill blowing you out with the skill guys that they've got, but I don't think that would happen in the Memphis game unless we turn it over alot."
THE BLAZERS RETURN TO THE PRACTICE FIELD WEDNESDAY (10/11) AT 3:00
PM....COACH BROWN WILL PARTICIPATE IN HIS WEDNESDAY EVENING RADIO CALL-IN
SHOW, "INSIDE THE DRAGON'S DEN," FROM 6:00-7:00 PM WEDNESDAY ON WAPI AM
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