Aug. 26, 2003
SENIOR DEFENSIVE END/NOSE TACKLE D.J. Renteria
(On what they expect to accomplish besides a win this first game.)
"We are focusing on momentum. We ended up playing in postseason last year and we are trying to just build on that."
(On playing a team they have never seen before.)
"It is going to be difficult but we have our assignments and as long as we focus on ourselves, we should be okay."
(On the difference having a new defensive coordinator (Osia Lewis).)
"Both coaches are very similar guys, very intense but at the same time can be relaxed. Coach Lewis came in and picked up right where they left off and its been great things so far."
(On who they attribute their defensive achievement like leading the conference in sacks.)
"Coach Long has instilled great characteristics in this team right now. The main thing we focus on is trying to be the most successful team on the field."
(On playing several home conference games)
"It is a great thing down the stretch being able to stay at home and have our great fans supporting us."