A transcript of Georgia State coach Bill Curry’s press conference today, courtesy of the SID:
On how the team used the off-week…
“What we have to do is obvious and you can’t do it with talk. What we have to do is perform. We’ve been working at that everyday around the clock, learning what it takes to be a disciplined football team at all times. Preparation has been good over the last week that we’ve had. The off-week came at a very fortuitous time for us and we’ve used it well.”
On Murray State…
“Murray State is yet another pass oriented offense that moves like lightening. They snap the ball repeatedly within seconds and force you to deploy in a hurry. The last time we faced that in Houston, we became disoriented and didn’t handle ourselves well. We did not maintain the speed of the game and we will have to do that this time.”
On the team’s progress…
“We must take the next big step in our program and, as I said before, we aren’t going to do that by talking about it. We’ve got to play a balanced football game, offensively and defensively, mount long drives to keep our defense off the field as possible. We know that that is part of our issue, part of our challenge all of the time. We have had surprisingly good preparation and attitude. We want to get back to loving to play football, but with a lot more execution.”
On establishing the running game…
“It’s really been a priority since we got here. A lot of the things we hang our hat on have not developed nearly as quickly as I think they should. Your ability to run the football and stop the run [on defense] are so fundamental and has been a major project that we continue to work on daily.”
On how the team has prepared…
“What we’ve done to ourselves three weeks in a row is not easy to recover from, but we have recovered really well. I’m proud of the guys for that. Having said that, it doesn’t count for anything unless it happens on the field Saturday. The way we’ve prepared is good, but we’ve said that before. We need to go out there and play a football game the way we are capable of playing.”
Senior Linebacker Michael Hall
On the mindset of the defense during the bye week:
“We had a lot of opportunities, given the bye week, to really think about what our season thus far has meant to us and what we wanted to get out of this season. Given the time, we made a personal decision that we weren’t going to lie down and take this. We want to improve and that’s what we decided we want to do. We made a tremendous effort to make sure we showed up for practice. There’s a difference between going to work and going to work.
On the changes he’s seen with the defense from the first game:
“We didn’t go through the motions. We were an excited defense. Sometimes when you’re a little too edgy and excited about what’s going on around you, you tend to lose focus. You have to learn that balance between what is focused play and what is undisciplined play. We’re definitely seeing that balance now.
On Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman:
“We do understand that thus far, he’s had tremendous performances. He will be respected. We’ll respect him just like any other opponent and we’ll do what we’re coached to do.