Sept. 12, 2010
Quotes From New Mexico Head Coach Michael Locksley
In regards to the defensive and special teams play:
"They converted a couple of third and extra long situations that we have to get better at. We had a lot of young guys that played today. Chance Aven is a young guy, a freshman, and he was out for about 50 plays. He's a true freshman nickel player, and I think that with all the reps the players get they will get better and better."
"Defensively when they're on the field they have to get off, number one, but we also have to help them on special teams and offense and not put them in tough situations."
Regarding Ugo Uzodinma and his ejection:
On if special teams is a concern right now:
"We have to find a way to stop turnovers and find a way to execute better and we also have to find a way to get personnel on the field that can run down and cover kicks."
Assessment of tackling during the game:
On B.R. Holbrook's performance:
"I hate commenting prior to looking at tape, but I think B.R. did some things that were nice in the first half. The interception down in the red zone with the slant route. I wouldn't blame on B.R., I think the receiver kind of gave up on the route, but the bottom line is that he didn't get the `W' and right now I don't think anybody played very well."
On the dropped interception for a sure touchdown by Joe Stoner in the first half
On the mood of the team and his address towards them:
Quotes from Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
"You have to give New Mexico a lot of credit. They line up on the front and move their guys around, they did a lot of what SMU did, gave us problems, but we made enough plays."
"That was pretty much a team win right there because special teams really stepped up for us. I mean that was good as I have seen a special teams group play in a long time. Running back punts, blocking kicks, running back kickoff returns. It was excellent. We needed that."
"We needed confidence in the kicking game but Eric Crawford is doing a great job, a lot of effort. Were getting a lot of effort from our special teams." "(We) took our guys out of situations where they have to play too much one-on-one. They got tired the first half, heck we played 44, 45 plays the first half. We got a lot of room for improvement, but it's a good start."
On if this is what Tech needed on special teams:
"There is so much on defense, but that is what you are supposed to do, give yourself a chance on special teams whenever the chance arrives."
On a solid team effort:
On things to work on for next week:
On the emphasis of special teams during practice last week:
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