Practice Day Press Conference
Dec. 18, 2008
Montana Head Coach Bobby Hauck Opening Statement: "Certainly we are pleased to be here. It is great to be back in Chattanooga. When you are here it means good things are happening in the football program. We have had the good fortune in the history of our program to be here many times. Obviously we are hoping we can get our third national championship tomorrow."
"The hospitality has been great and the people here have been awesome. They have treated us very well and we are really excited to play."
On the stonewall defense from Richmond: "It's hard to compare defenses and offenses when you haven't played common opponents. JMU played them, but their offense is so much different from ours. They obviously have a good football team and they are well coached. They definitely know what they are doing on the defensive side of the ball."
On the 41 turnovers created for Richmond D. similar with your created turnovers: "Turnovers will have a direct outcome with who wins. Last week that happened against JMU. Usually the team that creates turnovers generally end up with championships."
On the 2004 team compared to this team: "The two teams are similar in growing up during the season. The 2004 team got extremely hot especially on the offense near the end of the season. That team was more explosive than this team. This team however is more well-rounded in the kicking game, defense and offense."
On the high expectations last season and first round loss, then to this season and the adjustment made after the slow start: "I think we just got better as a team. The team had a willingness to prepare. Our team was young and we just weren't very good team in august but now we have a solid team."
On the CAA compared to Big Sky: "They are a very diverse league just like ours is. We play all types of different schemes in our league, just like the CAA."
On the mental preparation for the game: "If we use the practice we just had as an example then we are ready. We aren't done preparing though until kickoff. Our mantra is that we never stop preparing so we are still preparing for this game. We will keep watching film and getting ready."
Rose Bowl or FCS Championship: "This might not go over real well in this room, but I like bowl games better. The playoffs take a toll on our players physically and they have been a disaster academically as well for us in the past. It is just hard on the players. The Rose Bowl was pretty nice."
On having Tennessee Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher around: "We don't talk football unless I ask. Jeff is a model parent to have around. We usually end up talking about the fishing report in Montana and not football."
Cole Bergquist - Senior - QB On playing against the Richmond defense: "Anytime you go up against a defense like theirs, it is going to be a challenge. This is arguably the best defense we have faced all season but I believe we will be ready for the task ahead of us."
After continuing to win through the playoffs and avenging your only loss of the season to Weber State, how easy has it been to forget those games and move on to the next game? "I do not think it has too tough at all. One of our things has been to celebrate the night of the win and then come in on Sunday night and begin to watch film on our next opponent."
On how have you seen the offense grow as the season has progressed: "We have completely evolved from the 2004 team that won the NCAA Championship. We have become more balanced as a unit and I believe that is being displayed on the field."
Tyler Corwin - Senior - LB On the type of game you prefer to play: "Personally, we prefer the physical game with a fullback and a running back going straight at you. That is definitely a challenge but it something that we really look forward to."
After continuing to win through the playoffs and avenging your only loss of the season to Weber State, how easy has it been to forget those games and move on to the next game? "We have a lot of tradition in our conference so during the season we go against teams that consider us the biggest game of the season. I believe that prepares us for the playoffs because we have to make sure we bring our best to every game."
Colt Anderson - Senior - SS On the type of game you prefer to play: "We wear pads for a reason. This is a game we are looking forward to and we are ready for this type of opportunity."
Mike Ferriter - Senior - WR After continuing to win through the playoffs and avenging your only loss of the season to Weber State, how easy has it been to forget those games and move on to the next game? "We have come a long way. One thing I believe we have done well is everyone knows their role. It took us five or six games but I really think we have found our identity has a unit."