(What have you thought of Bo Wallace?)
“If you take the first half against Boise out I think everybody would say he’s been phenomenal. The second half and the two-and-a-half quarters he played against Vanderbilt were some of the most solid I’ve seen him play. He was pressing in the first half (against Boise) and tried to force some throws downfield. We haven’t changed anything about the way we prepare him, and I hope he will continue to understand that we have a quality defense and that he doesn’t have to force things, that he needs to keep us on schedule, that it’s OK to punt. I hope that’s the mindset he has moving forward. He played very well the last game and in the second half against Boise.
“No question he’s much more mature. He never got rattled or showed any signs of being down. He just wanted to get the next possession going. He handled it well, and our team handled it well. He’s very resilient. To be a quarterback in this league and have some of the tough losses you have some times, to get some of the criticism, you have to be resilient, and he’s very much that.
(After Memphis you have a tough stretch of the schedule coming up. Did you try to break that up a little bit?)
“I don’t have enough power to control the scheduling. If I had a say in it, absolutely it would be broken up some. That’s going to be a murderous stretch to go through with those quality teams. We have to control what we can and that’s preparing to play the best we can. It would be nice if it was broken up some.”
(What do you like about your team after two games?)
“Our team has great chemistry and is very hungry. I love our staff. There are no egos. We wall want to do the best we can in mentoring young men in life and hopefully win some football games along the way.
“We have to work out ways to effectively run the football to be balanced on offense. We have to improve our red zone scoring of touchdowns, and on defense we have to make sure we’re not giving up big plays. I think our defense is talented enough that if people have to drive the length of the field consistently on us we’re going to win a lot of those battles.”