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Quotes From New Mexico Head Coach Michael Locksley
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/11/2010

Sept. 11, 2010

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Quotes From New Mexico Head Coach Michael Locksley

In regards to the defensive and special teams play:
"With the amount of turnovers we had this week and last week with special team's mistakes. But it's also their job to get off the field."

"They converted a couple of third and extra long situations that we have to get better at. We had a lot of young guys that played today. Chance Aven is a young guy, a freshman, and he was out for about 50 plays. He's a true freshman nickel player, and I think that with all the reps the players get they will get better and better."

"Defensively when they're on the field they have to get off, number one, but we also have to help them on special teams and offense and not put them in tough situations."

Regarding Ugo Uzodinma and his ejection:
"I sent him in from the sideline as soon as they let me know. I will have to look at the tape, but if he did what they told me he did, as far as the conference goes, I don't know what they will say, but I know that he will not be playing for us for a couple of games."

On if special teams is a concern right now:
"All of our special teams are a concern for me right now, and we have to find a way to get the best personnel on the field. Right now, one of the biggest things that killing us is that we don't have the depth that you would like to have. What that leads to is a lot of our defensive starters playing special teams, when the ball is turned over we have them on the field for short amount of time and when we kickoff we have them running down the field running down balls."

"We have to find a way to stop turnovers and find a way to execute better and we also have to find a way to get personnel on the field that can run down and cover kicks."

Assessment of tackling during the game:
"Until I watch the tape it's hard to say, but I know this, we missed a lot of tackles near the end of the game and early in the second half, but until we watch tape it's very hard to assess."

On B.R. Holbrook's performance:
"I hate commenting prior to looking at tape, but I think B.R. did some things that were nice in the first half. The interception down in the red zone with the slant route. I wouldn't blame on B.R., I think the receiver kind of gave up on the route, but the bottom line is that he didn't get the `W' and right now I don't think anybody played very well."

On the dropped interception for a sure touchdown by Joe Stoner in the first half
"But those are plays that we have to be able to make. Those are momentum changing plays, those are the plays that allow us to take advantage of the situation. People are doing that to us, so we have to find a way to get it done on that side as well."

On the mood of the team and his address towards them:
"I hope they feel sick, I hope they're sick to their stomachs. With players you're like a parent, we are going to continue to coach them, and talking to them but until we learn to play smart football it won't work. Fans speak about not being prepared. But for the last two weeks there wasn't anything out on that field during practice and on tape that they didn't see out on the field today."

Quotes from Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville

Opening Statements
"I'm excited about the second win. We didn't play as good as I think we could have ... we could run the ball a little better."

"You have to give New Mexico a lot of credit. They line up on the front and move their guys around, they did a lot of what SMU did, gave us problems, but we made enough plays."

"That was pretty much a team win right there because special teams really stepped up for us. I mean that was good as I have seen a special teams group play in a long time. Running back punts, blocking kicks, running back kickoff returns. It was excellent. We needed that."

"We needed confidence in the kicking game but Eric Crawford is doing a great job, a lot of effort. Were getting a lot of effort from our special teams."

"(We) took our guys out of situations where they have to play too much one-on-one. They got tired the first half, heck we played 44, 45 plays the first half. We got a lot of room for improvement, but it's a good start."

On if this is what Tech needed on special teams:
"You want your special teams to make big plays. I mean we blocked two punts, (had) very good kickoff return. I thought the field position was just unbelievable for the offense."

"There is so much on defense, but that is what you are supposed to do, give yourself a chance on special teams whenever the chance arrives."

On a solid team effort:
"It was just good to see the entire team functioning together. We're coming together more as a team now then we have had and we got to continue to do that. (It's) very vital next week that all three of the teams do a good job."

On things to work on for next week:
"Fumbles got us pretty good tonight turnovers, we had a few more penalties then we had last week that we have to address going into the game next Saturday."

On the emphasis of special teams during practice last week:
"We take pride in specials teams. We took time to work on it this week probably as much time as we did with offense and defense. We know we got to be good in special teams. That gave us some confidence tonight."

NEW MEXICO PLAYER QUOTES

Quotes from Sophomore LB Joe Stoner

On the dropped interception and if that was indicative of the season:
"Yeah just took my eyes off it and got a little too happy. Saw in the end zone in front of me tried to run before I actually caught the ball all the way."

On how he feels:
"Sick to my stomach, I feel like I'm going to throw up right now. We are not going to get used to losing. That's never anything you want to get used to. We are going to win games. We are going to get this thing turned around on all phases."

On why the mistakes occur during the game:
"Immaturity. You know, stuff goes wrong we kick ourselves more than we should and when stuff goes right we get a little too excited. We just kind of lose our minds a little bit, I guess you could say."

On if the mistakes are taking their toll:
"It takes a lot of gas out, but at the same time that's where our maturity has got to step in. We got to step up as defense, get out there and force them to kick a field, and block their field goal, do to them what they are doing to us basically."

On the team's mental state:
"We are going to be fine. We have 48 hours to think about what we did wrong, come Monday we are going to get it corrected and we are going to get ready for Utah."

On the team's confidence level:
"I really couldn't tell you right now. It's not going to be too high, especially after a loss on your home field. But we have confidence, we know we can do better than what we have been doing these last two weeks."

On what is missing to help the discipline on the field:
"We have to have to more vocal leaders. There are a lot of guys on the team that lead by example. But we need more vocal leaders to pull the younger guys along and to not make stupid mistakes and even some of the older guys on the team, if they make mistakes the leaders on the team have to step in and get them to calm down"

Quotes from sophomore QB B.R. Holbrook

On the game itself and what he thought went wrong:
"You know offensively I thought we played decent, but we had way too many penalties. We took one step forward and two steps back. It just seems like every week there is just something, this week it was definitely penalties. I think if we just eliminated those we would have had a pretty good night."

On rating his performance:
"You know what I really couldn't tell you. We obviously didn't win so I am going to say an `F'. But you know you have to go back and look at the film and see what went wrong. But I really don't know I am going to say an `F' right now."

On correcting the mental mistakes:
"You know it is all in practice. We have to go out and practice the way we play and I mean it all starts on the practice field and we just need to concentrate a little bit more."

On how the team is practicing:
"We thought we had a good week of practice, but it's not good enough and we need to take it to the next level. Elevate practice, the intensity and energy, the focus and the energy just to get it to that game level, just get it back to back to where we need to be"

TEXAS TECH PLAYER QUOTES

Quotes from senior LB Jonathan Brydon

On the first blocked punt:
"First off I just want to thank the Lord and give glory to Him for the opportunity. And second Leonard, our coach Leonard put on a good game plan for this week and Crawford who blocked another one also really put all the pressure on and just opened a hole for me so, you know, it's really the team that really did it."

On the emphasis of special teams in practice:
"Every week we going into it just saying special teams wins the games, especially early on in the season. Every time we go out there, we just have honor in being on the special teams and give it our all."

On being on special teams and making a difference in a game:
"It's pretty cool. When you get on the field you really want to make a difference for your team and help your team out so it feels good to go out there and help us pull out a victory."

Quotes from sophomore DB Will Ford

On the second half defense:
"Second half, I feel like we really came out and executed. We really had sloppy first half but we came out the second half ready to play and put more points on the board and play Red Raider football. And just come out with this `W' because that's what we expect.

On what happened in the second half
"We went a lot of man in the first half and that winded the DBs quite a bit. We came out in the second half and play more zone and that worked a lot."

On the special teams:
"I feel like special teams did a very good part today on this team. They came out and had a couple of blocked kicks that we turned around and scored on in the same drive. That helped quite a bit."

On all three phases of the game working together:
"Yeah we're trying to step it up and play at the level we should be playing. We played a little sloppy in the first half and we really picked it up in the second half and that's how we should be playing every game."

If Texas Tech is ready for Texas:
"I feel like we're ready. We're definitely ready. Hopefully they're ready because we're going to come out and give a good game.

Quotes from senior QB Taylor Potts

On if special teams made things easier tonight:
"That's awesome ... that's a lot of fun. That gets a lot of excitement going on the sideline. Oh man, that's fun for everybody."

On having 21 points on just eight plays (it was actually seven)
"That's a credit to the defense and the special teams, I mean, if it's that easy every time, that's an easy day at the office. Special teams and defense, that's all them. Our job was easy going a few yards at the time, for the defense to hold them like that and the special teams to do what they did, that's huge. That's huge."

On what Tech needed to do heading into the Texas game:
"All we wanted in this game was to get the win, really. We wanted to improve on some things that we felt we made some mistakes on last week. Kind of sharpen everything up like we need to every week so we can build and peak right at the end of the season, so we get better every week"

"You know you want to win every week. Most importantly we wanted to get a win and not make the same mistakes that we did last week. In some areas we possibly did that, you know, I probably did, but we cleaned up some things in certain areas."

On the play of Eric Stephens
"I call him Little Bitty. He don't play little bitty, he plays like a beast out there. It's good having him back there. He always says, `trust me Potts', and I do, every play, every play.

On their execution
"Yeah, I think we cleaned up on some things today that we misfired on last week. That was a goal going in today, along with winning we really wanted to clean up some things. We wanted to play hard, play physical, play hard every single snap but at the same time play disciplined and all your details be correct. I think we did a better job. I feel like we'll keep getting better every single week."

On the Texas game:
"I feel like we're ready. If we're not ready coach will get us ready this week. Coach is doing a good job getting us ready. We're really blessed to have the coaches that we do."

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