Quarterback Brandon Doman talks to media at Wednesday's Tucanos BYU Luncheon.
The first Tucanos BYU Coaches Luncheon was held today in the LaVell Edwards Stadium press box. Coach Gary Crowton addressed the media attending the conference in a question and answer session.
Following are some of the questions asked along with Coach Crowton's responses:
Q: Do you feel that you have handled all of the little details you've wanted to handle before the game or do you feel like there are still things you want to work on?
A: I'm always excited coming into a game. We've run this offense everyday against our defense, so the players are very used to running it against our defenses. My biggest concern is running it against Tulane's defense, which is different because their defensive scheme is a lot different than ours. So, we've had a week's preparation and we've taken two days during our camp to work on it. But there are things that you can't foresee. If something happens that's a little different, there is no experience or background with this offense being new. There could be some misunderstandings, so that's the thing I'm looking for.
Q: Do you feel like your quarterbacks are ready to run the offense?
A: They're getting there. I felt like they are starting to get there, especially against our defense. I think they have a good feel for what our plays are, so that's a good sign. Sometimes it just takes a little time. The quarterbacks met with all the skill positions while the coaches were in doing game plans and Brandon and Charlie had them in there going over everything. It was a good session. I feel good about it but it's just one of those things that you never know until the game starts.
Q: Realistically, how well do you expect the offense can run in a first game compared to its potential?
A: If we do what I think we're going to do, we should be prepared for it. It's just an unknown. Their defense last year, they've made some adjustments to it scheme-wise. Strengthening their defense was a big emphasis for them in the off-season. If they do what I think they're going to do, we'll be in good shape. I'm hoping that the way the offense is presented it should be adaptable to different situations.
Q: Everybody, when they come into a new job, it takes a little time getting comfortable. Do you feel comfortable that this is your job now?
A: I do. I feel like it's my job. I really feel like the team has responded well to me. I feel very good about the team. It's still my first year and things are coming up all the time that I have to rethink what I have to do and how we do things is different than when I was with the Bears. It's a new situation for me and I'm making sure I am prepared. I'm trying to get into a routine -- it was hard in the off-season, but with the regular season approaching I'm starting to get the feel of it.
Q: What do you make of the ticket sales?
A: This is Provo and I'm not too worried about it. I've lived here a long time and the tickets will take care of themselves. If we put a quality product out on the field, people will want to come and see it and that's what I'm focusing on.
Q: You talked earlier about establishing a routine, how is your routine coming along?
A: Well, it's my first season and there's a new schedule and I've got to adjust to a new situation. For example I'm used to practice on Monday night but here we have players who are married and I'm trying to make sure they have time for other priorities so sometimes I have to adjust. It's a growing experience.
Q: The first game of the year is such a crapshoot, is there any one thing that jumps out at you as a concern coming into the season?
A: I have my feeling about how good we're going to be coming in and it's very optimistic. But until you actually get into a game situation, it really is an unknown.
Q: Is there anything you have seen in Tulane that you think is going to cause concern for your team?
A: Their offense is really good. I think their offense was third in the nation in passing and I think seventh in total offense. The last three games they scored over 30 points a game. They're doing some things right over there so we have a great respect for them. My biggest concern is that we get stops defensively. We have to make sure we don't give up too many big plays. If they score, we want to make them work their way down the field.
Q: How much do you think Levi Madarieta will play this Saturday?
A: He did pretty good in practice yesterday and I think he'll be able to play well. I feel really confident about Aaron (Francisco). I think he'll be able to play well. Levi will be able to play, but if he gets hurt and has to come out, Aaron will be able to fill in well.