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Mountain West Press Conference Quotes From Week Two

Here are quotes from some of the Mountain West coaches from their weekly press conferences. Not every school has a transcript or embedable video, so those schools will have a link to their press conference video.

Colorado State

On injured players: Myke Sisson fractured an ankle so he is definitely out. Austin Gillmore and Jake Levin we're still examining so we'll know more as the week goes on. Scott Carter, I believe will be out this game. Derek Good came out for a little, he's fine; he will play.

On losing Sisson: I feel sorry for Myke because he's worked so hard and has been so productive. Particularly this year, not just what he does on the field but what he does off the field. He's just been such a big part of our program. He's going to continue to help us and depending on his recovery there's an outside chance we get him back this season. You just feel for him; a tremendous character kid as well as a good player.

On a potential sixth year for Sisson: I'd have to look into that further. On first examination he will not be eligible for a sixth year. Both years that you don't play have to be because of injury.

On Sisson's fractured ankle: It's anywhere from six, eight to ten weeks depending on what exactly happened. They put a plate and a screw in there and they're not all exactly the same; some guys come back quicker than other guys. It's a little premature to be talking about how many weeks. I know he's had the surgery and will start rehabbing.

On how Sisson can still help the Rams: Just his presence out on the practice field and in the locker room is huge. I know he will come through in a big way in that regard.

On what concerns him most about Colorado: Number one, their defense is very complex. I've known Greg Brown for quite a while; he's done a great job everywhere he's been. They're very pressure oriented; they do a nice job. It's obviously very different than what we've faced in the first two weeks; that's a concern. I appreciate the way they play offensively. I like the way they line up and try to establish the run game. They've got a good back. They've got ways to move the football. They're a good football team. Despite their record they've played some very good football and we need to obviously have a great week of practice to have any chance.

On Colorado's Paul Richardson: He is an elite receiver there's no question about that; he's got all the tools.

On whether CSU matches up specific cornerbacks to certain receivers: We can. We haven't to date but we can. Obviously it's still mid-day Monday; we're still doing out game plan. He got loose in that game and kind of changed the whole game in the second half. We'd like to keep that in front of us if we can.

New Mexico (Video only).

San Diego State

On not having to play a triple-option offense for the first time this season: We've been working against a triple-option (offense) for two weeks and now we have a team that's going to come in here and throw it 60 times. We haven't rushed the passer and we haven't covered anybody for 15 or 16 days. It will be interesting to see. (Washington State) is throwing it and catching it well. They're running up and down the field and they're scoring a bunch of points. It's a completely different mentality. Now you're trying to penetrate the line of scrimmage, get up the field, put pressure on the quarterback, trying to cover wide receivers and tackle people in open spaces. It's a big time change. We'll see how we handle the change.

On whether he is concerned with the number of points Washington State is scoring: The number of points doesn't concern me, it's how many they might put up against us. That scares me. I think we will be fine if we can get over triple-option mentality and get back to spread-option mentality. The difference in the two offenses is far as it can be. The differences are unbelievable. The two offenses are completely on opposite ends of the scale.

On what a victory against a Pac-12 school would mean for San Diego State: It would mean we were 3-0 and moving on. I don't buy into any of that, never have and never will. We're Division I and they're Division I. Our league is as good as most BCS leagues. It's a travesty that we don't have an opportunity to play for a national championship. We're in the same division as they are. There isn't a big difference.

On whether he likes the way the schedule is set up: No, going to the east coast two times in your first four games puts you at a huge disadvantage. Playing there isn't the disadvantage (though), it's the week after that's the disadvantage. Just like when you play Hawai'i and I've done this several times, you're not at a disadvantage during the Hawai'i game, you're at a disadvantage the next week.

On Washington State rebuilding its program: The coaching staff and the administration has done a great job building that program from the bottom up. If you look at their roster, it's much older than it was last year and much older than it was the year before. They even put an asterisk by the players who've redshirted. They've been playing with a whole bunch of young players over the last couple of years, which are now at the mature age where they play better. The quarterback is a fifth-year senior, I think there's one sophomore and four redshirt seniors on their offensive line. Their best receivers are juniors or seniors who redshirted. They've done a good job of not panicking because their records haven't been good. They've given the coach a chance to build a program from the bottom up and all of a sudden, they're a whole lot better than everybody expected them to be.


On where his team stands through two games: I think it's going to be one of those years for us. We're young and banged up. Anytime you play Air Force, you're going to have people banged up. It was a very hard-fought ballgame. You're glad to be able to go there and win. I'm very excited with how our offense handled themselves on the road, as far as turnovers, moving the ball and scoring points.

On the defensive improvement he saw from Baylor to Air Force: Defensively, I thought we played with a lot more tenacity. They had four plays where they had 147 yards of their offense. Again, we can't give up big plays. Three of those plays came against our No. 2 squad. It doesn't make a difference, though. You're only one play away from those guys having to play.

On facing ULM Saturday: They're a lot better football team than people give them credit for. They came within a game of going to a bowl game last year. Coach Todd Berry is not a stranger to TCU, having been the head coach at Army and also having competed against us when he was the offensive coordinator at UNLV. He knows a lot about us. We've had to go back and study all the things that he's done before that. I can tell you that he's doing it with a lot better athletes than he had at either of those two places. Defensively, they run around. They're all over the place and cause a lot of problems as far as protection and the run game.

On playing at home for the first time Saturday: I always worry about the first ballgame of the season when we play at home. People are calling my kids on Friday night looking for tickets. Then we're going to play at 1 p.m., and people want to know what they're doing afterwards. Those are all the things that come along with playing a home game. I started talking to them after the ballgame about being able to get focused and play with the same concentration that we had on the road. If you want to be a great football team, you've got to be able to protect your home.

On quarterback Casey Pachall's performance through two games: He's 1-1. I think I helped Andy Dalton because I never tried to make him into a great player or a bad player. All we did was talk about the positive and negatives and about wins. He ended up winning 42 ballgames and Casey has won one. He's got a long way to go from where we are right now to where we need to be. He's handled the offense, looked very composed and done all the things he needs to do. It's just a learning situation right now. Up to this point, he's handled it really well.

UNLV (Video Only)

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