Defensive End Jay Moore

By NU Athletic Communications
Defensive end Jay Moore helps lead a strong Nebraska front four.
Defensive end Jay Moore helps lead a strong Nebraska front four.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska Weekly Press Conference
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006
Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Neb.
Pre-Big 12 Championship Game

Jay Moore
Senior, Defensive End
On playing against Oklahoma instead of Texas
“I really didn’t care who we played too much.  I was excited to be in the Big 12 Championship Game.  Now that we get to play Oklahoma again for the third straight year in a row, it really couldn’t be any better.”

On the weak points the Nebraska defense needs to improve
“Two things - communicating and tackling.  I think those were blatant things that we need to get better on after watching the Colorado film.  Tackling wasn’t horrendous, but on those big runs, we missed some key tackles.  Communication is another thing we can get better at for this game.”

On the contributing factors to Nebraska’s defensive weaknesses
“I don’t know if the game plan (is hurting us) as far as communicating.  Tackling, we really have to stress it in practice.  We need to focus on wrapping up people.  Obviously not take them to the ground (in practice), but really just wrapping up and being in a good football position.”

On playing in front of a crowd mostly of Nebraska fans in Kansas City
“That’s going to be a great scene to see that, all those people down there, especially in this type of setting in a championship setting.  When you have that many people down there rooting for you, it can do nothing but help you.”

On the confidence of Nebraska
“Our confidence is pretty good.  Everyone understands that we’re a good football team.  Everyone knows what we need to improve on for the next game, so I think that’s good for a team to know what they need to improve on so that they can go into the preparation knowing what you need to work on.”

On Oklahoma’s offense
“I watched them and they’re really physical.  They’re a downhill offense.  They like to get the ball in the running back’s hands and let him get after you with it.  Watching film, all of their backs are physical, fast and strong and they take it right at you, so we definitely have to be ready for a physical game.”

On the championship game meaning more to the seniors
“This is our last Big 12 game and our last chance to make a lasting impression with a championship.  We know what is in store for us if we win this game.  If we win this, we have bigger and better opportunities with the bowl picture.  This is the last opportunity for our seniors to leave with a championship and really get this program where it needs to be.”

On the potential of playing in a BCS bowl game for Nebraska
“It would be great.  You can talk about it a lot, but you can’t really worry about it too much until after Saturday.  I think we don’t need to worry about the Fiesta Bowl or any other bowls.  We just need to worry about Oklahoma right now.”

On this game putting Nebraska back where ‘it belongs’
“I think, if we win Saturday, we’ll be there.  I think we’re close.  I’m a peculiar person.  I like to be the best at things.  I want this team to be right up there.  We’re not going to settle for anything less than a championship.”

On preparing for the potential of OU running back Adrian Peterson playing
“You can’t worry about him playing or not.  You still have two other really good backs.  You just have to worry about what we’re going to do on defense.  You can’t worry about them.  All you can do is worry about what we’re going to do by ourselves.”

On Oklahoma’s straightforward game plan
“They could do something different, but as far as what they’ve done this year, they’re pretty basic.  They try to run right at you.  They mix in a little play-action (passing) in there.  They’re a physical team and they don’t try to do a whole lot, but what they do, they do really well.  We’re just going to have to play really well up front.”

On Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson
“(He’s) another athlete.  It seems like we keep playing these athletic quarterbacks that can run it and throw it.  Again, we’re going to have to be really disciplined up front in containing him and really try to make him one-dimensional, where they can’t just throw the football. That’s definitely challenging again this week.”

On Thompson compared to Colorado’s Bernard Jackson
“He has really similar capabilities.  I think Thompson throws better and has a little better pocket presence back there, but he’s definitely as athletic as (Bernard) Jackson was, so it should be interesting trying to keep a tab on him.”


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