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Kyle Whittingham Talks About This Week's Matchup with Cal

Disappointing passing game, special teams issues, problems running the ball. It's like looking in a mirror...

George Frey

It's Tuesday, so we have another set of transcripts from the opponent's weekly press conference. Why doesn't ever publish these?

On the upcoming game against California:

"Going forward, we have Cal coming in here this week. They are a dangerous team that is very talented on both sides of the football. They haven't been able to put it together this season and have had some struggles, much like we have. But make no mistake; they are one of the more talented teams in the conference. It will take our best effort to get the win."
On the place-kicking game:

"It certainly influences our decisions, particularly from about the 36 or 37 to 25 yard line, which may become four-down territory. Inside the 25, we feel we are capable of making kicks inside of that area, even though we missed one Saturday night. [Coleman Petersen] hit it well, it was a good snap, good hold and good protection. [Petersen] struck the ball well, but he just pulled it to the left. At some point during the last five games, we're going to need to call upon our placekickers. We've been working hard every day on it. We've created competition. Nick Marsh has been giving every opportunity, but hasn't been able to beat [Petersen] out. It continues to be a work in progress and has been one of our deficiencies this year. We just have to keep working on it because at some point this year, we're going to need [Petersen] to make a kick to win a game."

On this team's leadership:

"I don't think [we're missing leadership compared to last year.] Tony [Bergstrom] was a great leader for us last year, but we have guys who have filled that role this year. Dave Kruger, Tevita Stevens, Star Lotulelei we have a lot of guys who have stepped up. Lotulelei has been much more vocal this year so I don't sense a lack of leadership at all. That is not an issue. We have guys who make sure things are done right in practice and make sure everything is going right in the weight room."

Onto the links.








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