Nov. 18, 2008
"I won't take too long talking generally; I'll answer your questions. We went back to work on Sunday getting ready for Vanderbilt. We did use the open week I think very effectively. We took a couple of days to work on fundamentals and also to get some guys time to heal up and get over the nine-game stretch that we had, whether it be physically or getting ourselves in better shape for the last couple of ballgames, which a number of guys needed. Also from an emotional and mental standpoint, (it allowed them) to get over the events of the prior week.
"Sunday would be one of our best practices. We don't particularly practice on Sunday in full gear or anything. We went out in shorts and shoulder pads and had a physical, good practice. I appreciate that from our coaches and our players.
"Regarding Vanderbilt, they're a good football team. Obviously, they played very well against Kentucky, particularly in the first half. Since Bobby (Johnson) has been there, they've done a really good job on defense. They're a defensive football team that's very sound and makes you work at moving the football. Offensively, the quarterback is making plays for them. They've done a good job of using their personnel, particularly when D.J. Moore comes over and gives them some plays from an offensive standpoint. He's certainly one of the best players in our league.
"Our struggles are pretty obvious. You can't just point to the quarterback, everybody wants to do that. That's been one of the areas where we haven't done nearly as well as anybody would like, but we've also had our inconsistencies in a lot of other places, whether it be running the ball, people stacking the line of scrimmage to stop that and making us throw the football and execute in the passing game. Whether it be protection, consistently catching the ball as we should or consistently throwing the ball as we should has been a real struggle for us.
"Our goal this week is to improve the consistency and be efficient. The defense has played well enough to win most of our football games this season. We need to play the kicking game extremely well in this particular ballgame and take the plan that's in place and execute it."