Nebraska Player Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications
Defensive end Jay Moore helped the Blackshirts hold Nicholls State to no passing yards on Saturday.
Defensive end Jay Moore helped the Blackshirts hold Nicholls State to no passing yards on Saturday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska Weekly Press Conference
Pregame vs. USC
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006
Memorial Stadium

Jay Moore
Senior,
Defensive End

On the importance of Nebraska's pass rush
“It’s just like every game.  The pass rush is very important.  With these type of receivers they’ve got, it’s going to be very important that we get to (quarterback John David) Booty as soon as possible.  It’s going to be tough because they’ve got great offensive linemen. Their tackles are really well-coached and they play really well so it’s going to be a challenge.”

On Nebraska's defensive strategy for the game 
“We play pretty basic.  Last week was about as basic as you can get trying to defend the option like that.  So we just like to line them up straight up and get after them.  We don’t feel like we need to do any different to make anything happen so we’ll be pretty basic again this week.”

On preventing cut blocks that nullify the pass rush 
“Watching the offensive line play on film, they don’t cut a lot.  The only time you see them cut on a pass is like quick game.  The only thing you can do on that is play them with your hands.  Just get your hands up as quickly as possible.  Otherwise it’s just straight one-on-one pass rush.”

On the importance of this game in gaining national respect 
“I think anytime you play a team like this, they’re one of top college programs in the country right now, so any time you can play a team of this caliber and have a chance to beat them I think it does wonders for the program.  A lot of people have been saying that we’ve been slacking a little bit, but it would do wonders if we can go in there and cause a little disruption.”

On the atmosphere of such an anticipated contest 
“This type of atmosphere I don’t think we’ve really seen a whole lot of.  I think playing Michigan last year was close.  But I think under these circumstances, with ESPN Gameday there and 90,000 fans there, it’s going to be a real special situation at game time.  It’s going to be fun just to be out there playing knowing that national coverage is there and everyone is watching to see how Nebraska goes up against USC.  We’ll see how we handle it.”

On his confidence in Nebraska's defensive backs against the USC receivers 
“They’ve got some talent, but we’ve got talent, too.  (Cortney) Grixby and Andre (Jones), they’ll be fine.  They’ll have some catches because (Dwayne) Jarrett and (Steve) Smith and (Patrick) Turner, those are all good players.  I feel we have the ability to control them.  We just have to go out and do what we have to do and be disciplined, and I think things will take care of themselves.”

On the advantages of practicing against an offense similar to USC's 
“The offenses are really similar.  We see a lot of the same formations and styles, a lot of the same runs and blocking schemes.  It should help us this weekend.”

On preventing complacency if Nebraska takes an early lead 
“We just have to keep battling.  Don’t get complacent.  I don’t see how anybody can get complacent playing a team like USC.  We just have to keep going out there every play.  Keep battling.  Keep working.  Keep fighting on every play.  You do what you have to do to make the defense work.”

On keeping from being intimidated 
“We have to treat it like any other game.  It’s 11 versus 11 just like any other game.  They’re going to do everything they can to intimidate us, but we’ve got to stay poised, stay calm out there.  The game isn’t won in warm-ups.  So when the ball is kicked all that intimidation stuff goes out the window and you’ve got to really just focus on playing football.”

On how this game might be treated differently than other games on the schedule 
“It’s really no different than any other game.  You want to do well every time you go out there and play. The front four and the linebacker crew are going to go out there and do everything we can to make the defense work this game.  It’s really no different than any other game.  It’s just going out there and hitting all our cues and practicing well.  If we practice well, we should play well and things will take care of themselves.”

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