Ben Cotton is a senior lead for NU in 2012
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Tight End Ben Cotton

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
Pre-Arkansas State

Sr. Tight End Ben Cotton
On the mood of the team
“Obviously we let that game slip away, and we all know an inch here and there could have changed the outcome. I am looking forward to see how this team responds, we have put ourselves through adversity in offseason training. I am looking forward to see how we respond.”

On if there is any special meetings for the players with player leaders
“I think a lot of it was an unsaid moment, especially after the game. The look in each other’s eyes, is that we are not going to give up on each other, that was a minor setback, and just like Coach Bo said, that was just a minor setback. Everything we want to accomplish is still out there. We are going to learn as much as we can so that does not happen again. Like I said, everything we want is still out there for us to get.”

On offseason examples of adversity that will help the team out
“Paying attention to the little things. We talk about detail by preparation, and little things like conditioning that we do with Coach Dobson, like not having your hand on the line or not finishing on a run or play. Just knowing everyone is held accountable and that is what we learned. When those things happen, how do you respond, and for some of us we have learned how to respond and get better from that. It is really going to help us out moving forward after the loss.”

On the field position and if that wears on the offense
“We don’t point the finger at that, when we get the ball, our responsibility is to move the ball and change the field position, and ultimately score the ball. We put our defense in a lot of bad positions with turnovers and we didn’t keep them off the field so they could re-hydrate and refresh themselves. It was a team loss, we all had our mistakes and we didn’t play to the level we needed to, but I am glad to say there is no finger pointing on this football team.”

On if the team is angry
“Yeah we have a real bad taste in our mouths.”

On the life of a student-athlete, especially after a loss like that
“Sometimes you may hear conversations, but most of the time we have a great student-body and they know we are doing everything we can to perform our best on Saturday. I have never had any bad incidents that have led to any confrontations. I love our student-body, we have the best fans in the country, and one of the best student sections in the country.”


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