Oct. 17, 2012
Press Conference (VMI Game)
The mood in the locker room:
Dominique Whiteside - We are re-grouping on the things that we need to get better at. I think we have proved that we can play with the best teams; there just have been unfortunate ends to the games. There isn't much that we need to change. The chemistry is still getting stronger. You cannot tell in the locker room that we have been on a losing streak.
Facing the easier end of their schedule:
Dominique Whiteside - I wouldn't say we are relieved. VMI is looking for a win just like we are. We have to keep the same intensity going.
About the keys to winning this weekend at VMI:
Dominique Whiteside - We need to keep playing with the intensity that we have been playing with. We have to stick to the plan. Everybody has to be doing their job, and that is what the coaches have been harping on. Do your job and come together.
About the last few games:
Jamey Cheatwood - I think we prepared pretty good seeing how it's a new offense. Had this team played the same four games with another year of preparation, I think we would have had a different outcome. I think we all agree that we were in those games. Its tough, we are on a losing streak right now. We have to fight back and win a game.
Is every game from here on out is a must-win game:
Jamey Cheatwood - Yes, every game from here on out is a must win game. We have to run the table.
Head Coach Joe Moglia - VMI is an important team for us to take seriously for a lot of reasons. We do not have the same record bu they are actually 2-1 at home, and we are 1-2 on the road. They are 1-1 in conference, and we are 0-1 in conference. So, they are ahead of us in some pretty important categories.
I have always had incredible respect for the military academies. They are smart, tough, disciplined kids that don't give up. Anytime you play a team like that makes a really good play or are just having a really strong day, those are all issues. At the end of the day, what we have to be able to do is do a good job and take care of business. It really doesn't matter who you are playing, we want to find competitive advantages that we can execute on. You always want to be able to do that, but, the real key for us is to make sure that we are focused on what we need to do. Our special teams has to win the game.
Our defense has showed incredible improvement from App State to Stony Brook, and it has to continue to show that type of improvement. If they gain real yards on us or if they score we have to be able to make sure they work for that. I think that we have a good offense but that they still need to mature because they still make too many mistakes that hurt us. So, offense needs to learn how to finish. So, if we can focus on the three aspects of our game, do what we need to do, take care of business, and recognize the significance of this challenge I think we are going to be okay.
In terms of VMI, their offense is very effective in terms of running an inside zone. They are effective with that perimeter sweep. Their linebackers and their secondary do a reasonable job at getting to the ball. Again, they move to the ball, and they are a pretty physical team. They are not as big and strong as a Stony Brook or an App State, but they can still play football. From a special teams perspective, they are very aggressive, they don't hesitate to bring six, seven, or eight guys on a punt rush, they don't hesitate to focus on the return, and they do a good job of trying to set up a return by trying to block downfield. Their specialists don't average as much as the teams that we have played up until this point, but they still have decent hang time and those are not easy to return. We know it's an important game for us. It's a game where we have to really focus on what we can do to improve.