Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Monday, Oct. 29, 2012
Jr., Offensive Lineman, Lakewood, Colo.
On if Michigan State likes to blitz
"I think every team likes to blitz. Michigan State has a solid defense. I think they were ranked number one coming in. They're very solid as a group."
On what he remembers about them from last year
"I just remember they came out very physical. They're a very, very physical team and it was a grind. They came out with a very good plan against us, and I thought we had a pretty good plan against them getting the ball all over the place. I think the coaches are going to come up with a good plan, and we're just going to have to execute. The game's going to come down to execution as far as who executes better than the other team."
On how Michigan's defense ranked from what they've faced and what they'll take from the win
"They're a very physical defense. They're very big up front. We're going to see that again this week. Michigan State's very big up front as well. I think we need to come out and keep punching and keep swinging. It's going to be a fight. It's going to be a fight to the very end, I really believe that. They're fighting for every yard, and we're going to have to fight for every yard. I think it's going to be a good fight on both sides."
On if the defense playing well takes the pressure off of the offense
"I almost think that it adds pressure because we want to play just as well as they are. We don't want to let our defense down. If our defense is going out there to go three-and-out then we don't want to go out there and go three-and-out. Our defense is playing good, so let's go out and keep scoring because they're going to stop them and we're going to get the ball back. That's the way that I look at it personally, is if our defense is playing well then let's not let them down and let's go out and keep scoring."
On this year's team dealing with success compared to previous teams past
"I think we have maturity with a good mix of mature guys and young guys and guys who have played a lot of football. I think we need to keep the program we've got going and just stay the course. Just focus on the process. That's what this season is. The season is a process in itself. I think we just need to stay focused on that and ride out the next four games, and we're in control of our own destiny."
On if he saw what the red zone issue was from the Michigan game
"That's just struggling, as an offense. That's something we have to improve on because field goals aren't going to win championships, touchdowns win championships. We just had some execution errors is what it came down to on all parts. It wasn't one guy or group of guys, it was the whole offense and execution. We just need to execute better."
On how much better Martinez has gotten at managing the tempo of the offense
"Taylor's a phenomenal leader and a phenomenal quarterback, in my opinion. I think he's done a really good job managing the game as far as the tempo goes."