Highlights from Hugh Freeze’s time on the SEC teleconference. …
We’re thrilled to come off a win. We’re a very young football team and have a long way to go, but to see our kids battle for four quarters was very rewarding. We played so many freshmen and young kids, and there was some great individual performances.
We have a great challenge this week with coach (Mike) Price’s group.
On UTEP’s Defense
They look extremely fast and very physical. They had an outstanding plan and were very aggressive, came after Oklahoma. For much of the game they were pretty dominant. I’m sure they’re very pleased with the performance of their defense. They’re phsyical up front and can run on the back end.
On UTEP running game
They were excellent, and then they’re tailback was either overheated or had some type of injury. It went down a little bit when they lost him. I know he’ll be back and ready to go this week. They’re definitley looking to run the football. Their offensive line is big and physical, and they’ve got good runners. They were very impressive on tape.
On Bo Wallace
He spent a year with me at Arkansas State, so he was very familiar with terminology and the things we try to do in this offense. It definitely was an advantage. It was about as good a performance for him in his first game as I could ask for.
On UTEP passing game
We look at all of that. They did struggle some to throw in that game, but they were very effective in running the football, which makes you very nervous. Any time a team can effectively run it on you they have a chance to make big plays in the passing game.
On first game
The win was huge for confidence. Even more important to the fans and people here was that our kids played for four quarters. Even as bad as the second quarter was, our kids responded in the right way. The confidence you can draw from a win and the way we did it, you can’t underestimate what winning does for a program that’s in the state ours is in.