Video: Mike Leach on Monday
FROM PULLMAN — Above is a video of Mike Leach's Monday press conference. We have some additional quotes below.
(Assessment of game film) "Pretty much the same as before. Played real hard, had some opportunities we’d like to polish up on, we’d like to improve. It all starts with good effort and we had good effort and we need to build on it."
(On the running game) "I wasn’t surprised. We had some opportunity to get even more but I think we’ve improved at running back, improved at offensive line and we’ve got a long ways to go."
(On Halliday checking to a run on 4th-and-5) "Yeah, it did surprise me. I do remember scoring a touchdown against Nebraska. Kliff (Kingsbury) checked one and we scored a touchdown against Nebraska one time. And it was up there too. But yeah, it was a really good check and Connor checked it, lined up and assessed the deal, and it was a good check."
"From up top we felt like we had it, too. We felt like we had it, but also knew we had to get I think six yards or so. Felt like it was a good check. Didn’t know that he would do it. Hoped if he saw it and got the right thing he’d do it, but didn’t know if he would. He’s a fairly assertive and courageous guy."
(On Halliday's performance) "I thought it was good other than he can’t let the other team touch the ball. I thought last year he was really explosive but reckless. He’s still really explosive, does a better job running the offensive unit, things like that, but we still need to iron out some things where he tries to make too much happen."
(On the offensive line) "I’d like to think it’ll be improved. We’ve got to steadily get better. We’ve got a few more bodies to work with. We need to improve on that a little bit too. I think Connor did a good job of getting rid of it quick, did a good job of blocking … I think everybody being sharper worked together. I think we can be sharper in some of the games we play up front."
(On Halliday having a longer leash this year) "You’ve got to go out there and play well, but there’s going to be mistakes, and if you don’t work through them or pitch through them, so to speak, you’re not going to get them solved."
(On Daquawn Brown) "He needs to just keep playing. He’s really hungry to play, plays really hard, one thing that’s helped him as a freshman is he’s fearless. A lot of freshmen come in and they tip toe and they’re either afraid to make a mistake or they’re afraid of the guy across from them. Daquawn Brown is not afraid of anything. He’s really excited to play, thinks he should play every snap and just loves the challenge of competition. He’s going to be a really good player. For the time being we just need to improve him and see where he stacks up and see whether he ought to start or whether he ought to play a significant role coming in behind a starter."
(Will he start?) "He’s been right on the brink of it for a while, so he could. We’ll just see what they do. Typically they play more than two anyway, so I’m sure he’ll play."
(On Vince Mayle not playing much) "I don’t think he’s the odd man out. We’re excited about him, we just need to continue to work with him and develop him."
(What does he need to develop?) "Just consistency. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s an explosive guy, needs to get better at catching the ball over his shoulder. The biggest thing’s consistency, but he’s a hard worker and he’s focused and he tries hard, so I think he definitely does some good things and we’re excited about him."
(On handling the road environment at Auburn) "We fared remarkably well, especially when you consider it’s the first game and as many young guys as we have. If we just do what we did last week, it shouldn’t be a problem. It should be easier."
(Does it matter who USC's QB is?) "I don’t think so. They both appear to be kind of similar. I don’t think it does. I think they’re just trying to sort it out but they’re similar guys."
(On Marqise Lee) "You’ve got to keep an eye on him. He’s pretty good, pretty versatile, real explosive. He’s one of those guys that even covered will catch some balls."