Pre Penn State Press Conference - Mohamed Barry

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Pre-Penn State

Linebacker Mohamed Barry
On the Penn State offense
“Playmakers. I would say fast players, very confident players. Not scared to risk it all, because they know 9-times-out-of-10 they will reap the reward of risking it all. So, good players, hard workers, some of the best.”

On the key to finding confidence
“Just believing in the process, if you love this game you’ve just got to believe in the process and understand that if you get your game right and you buy into what the plan is and execute the plan, things will get better. You’ve just got to believe that.”

On the coaches’ message
“The message is clear. That (the Minnesota game) was disappointing and they talked about brotherhood and sticking together and that’s what you’ve got to do when times are like this. But, that was disappointing football by our team and by our players so there’s nothing you can say really.”

On sticking together
“We have a relationship off the field and outside of this complex. We’re friends regardless, but the football aspect, you just have to buy into the plan. You can’t think about what’s going bad because that’s just going to make things worse and I’m not about that and some players are not either.”

On the last couple games
“I’ve learned so much this season that will fuel my fire. With being inexperienced and learning the game while the game is being played is big because we are an inexperienced team. With Tanner (Lee) sitting out a year and coming back, being away from the game and coming back to the game and relearning all the things you can’t learn in practice, that only happen on game days, is a big part of the learning curve for me and maybe for a lot of players. Just learning how to be a better leader, an effective leader and being able to buy in and make sure everyone buys in. If we’re together and everyone buys in, we’re going to be a better team.”

On the challenges
“You forget the challenges of the game when you’re not in the game for a long time in an actual game situation. Things can go good for you and things can go bad for you. Just think about the next play, and don’t dwell on the last play. That’s why the game time experience is so important because of those things. You learn a lot during the game that you can’t learn in practice.”

On the mindset going into Penn State
“You just think about your game. Everyone just has to think that we’re preparing against a good team, we’re going to play a lot of good teams next year and this is an opportunity to gain confidence, to gain something out of that game. We have a chance to gain something out of this game, and if you prepare that way to get your skill sets better and execute the plan then when we play against Penn State, something good is going to happen to a particular person that’s going to help them the next season. That’s the thing, a good play happened that’s going to give him some confidence or next time I’m going to play this play just like that. You learn from bad plays, because you’re like ‘next time, if I’m in this position I’m not going to play this play like that.’ So again, experience. A game to experience and a game to compete. That’s what I’m going to do , and that’s what my teammates are going to do.”

On Chris Weber
“It meant a lot to me, because I told him I wouldn’t care if he started over me because he’s done so much for the program and has been playing with his hair on fire this season, so I respect him as a player. So, he didn’t have to do that. He earned my respect. It speaks volumes of him as a man to understand that you put in the work, you put in the time and you should be rewarded for that.”

On watching film
“I can’t speak for my teammates. I know I have tremendous respect for my teammates and I’m happy with their performance. But for me, I know missing a tackle feels worse, because if you’re in that position, they brought you here to make that tackle. Things like that, that’s the pressure I put on my tackling. Every tackle should be made if you’re in position. And if not, effort by other players should help bring the ball carrier down.”

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