2017 Football Teleconference Week 9 - Houston Head Coach Major Applewhite
2017-10-24 16:22:28 UTC
Talks about Ed Oliver's mental stability with teams gameplanning for him all the time. Mentions that he had another vicious chop block from Memphis this past week.
Mentions that he doesn't see Oliver get frustrated or down.
Pleased with how Catalon and Birden have run the past few weeks. Thought they were effective against Tulsa even though we weren't getting yards.
Have to get better with protecting the QB. Mentions a key sack against Tulsa and a key sack against Memphis that cost us possessions at key points.
Says Postma did some good things with his feet early and late in the game. Ball security is critical, especially late. Compares to UCLA in a similar situation.
How you finish the fight and we didn't do it? Mentions ball security and discipline.
Asked about USF offense? Physical, good OLine. Athletes are good, physical receiver. Mentions the skill players and Flowers. Keeps mentioning physical.
Asked about how good Houston recruits are; says that if he can get 60-70% of the kids in the area, you've got a good recruiting class.
Good to have a strong opponent like USF after a tough loss to get attention back. No off week in this conference.
2017-10-24 16:37:29 UTC
Proud of his football team. Tested every part of their program and their heart came through.
Offensively, couldn't find rhythm in the first half, but responded in the 2nd half.
Defense played exceptional in the first half; had to fight against two turnovers by the offense in the first half.
Special Teams unit deserves a ton of credit for the return TD and for great coverage against a good return unit.
2nd half, offense calmed down. Longest drive in the 2nd half was 2:30 so very efficient.
Never any panic, even when falling behind.
Handled adversity well: Lost multiple starters on defense and RBs are beat up. No matter what it takes, you have to play with great accountability and physicality.
Lot of close games that they've won by one possession.
Calls Ed Oliver a great player. Fast, physical, uses hands well, plays hard. Effort on how he pursues the football is incredible - can make plays downfield. His passion is something that you can't coach which is what makes him a special player.
2017-10-24 16:45:26 UTC
Houston is a really good football team. Tremendous athletes that are big, athletic and they can run
Not concerned that Flowers efficiency is down this year. They're running the ball well and they are throwing quite a few 50/50 balls.
Flowers makes so many unbelievable plays that sometimes you have to sit back and just say wow.
Game this week is Texas vs. Florida when it comes to the players as both squads recruit similarly in their own states
Doesn't talk about the 30-point streak, just go out and compete and execute. Just win.
No one in the locker room talks about the winning streak or the 30-point streak.
Lot of seniors on the team that helps with the transition and help manage the team. Those guys just want to win.
Team has a target on its back and you don't worry about how much you win by, just play your game.
Missed tackles in the 4th quarter of last week aren't a concern. Not tired, just missed tackles.
Doesn't worry about the scoreboard in regards to the 30 point record.