Don Treadwell quotes from Tuesday's football press conference
Listed below are a few
of the most interesting comments from Don Treadwell's first game-week football
press conference of the 2012 season. Enjoy!
- "It's that excitement of the unknown," Treadwell said
referring to what gets him pumped up for the first game of the season.
- "Our non-conference schedule may be one of the toughest we've
ever had in the history of the program," Treadwell said about playing Ohio
State, Boise State and Cincinnati in the first six weeks of the season.
- "The easy way to break Ohio State down is there is no
weakness," Treadwell said. "Basically you are talking about a team that has the
ability to be in the top 10 every year. That's no surprise to any of us. As you
look at them, they are always, up front, they are going to be big. ... They've
got speed, they've got size, probably their defensive backs may look like some
of our linebackers as far as just size and ability. They're strong across the
front. It's a tremendous challenge because this is a tremendous team."
- "That young man they have running the ball at quarterback
is very talented, so you just have to wait, do you want him running against
you or do you want him throwing against you?" Treadwell said about Ohio State
sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller. "As you continue to look at the bigger
picture, it's no different than Army coming in here a year ago. They are going
to run because that's what they do. And that may be what Urban chooses to do
with Braxton. But he is just so dynamic in my opinion it doesn't matter what
they ask him to do because he is just so talented that he can create on
- "This will be kind of an unveiling to still find out who
may be the guy," Treadwell said about the team's running back situation. "At
this point it will be by committee. ... If it takes us to play three guys to make
one great one, then we'll do that."
- "Many of these young men on our team and Ohio State,
number one, have played together, many of them on the same team, and certainly
at worst have played against each other. So you have a lot of neat carryover of
young men that have a little bit of history between them and they are going to
be aware of each other and where they've been and that makes it a fun type of experience
as it is, let alone the fact that obviously you are gong into Ohio State's
stadium and that type of thing," Treadwell said. "So, I think it will be very
special for our Ohio guys as they move forward and probably our older guys
especially because they've been here a number of years and they've seen a lot
of their teammates or guys they've played against play at Ohio State, so I
think it will be very exciting for them."
- "Right now both of them mentally are prepared to be the
kicker," Treadwell said on who will be the starting kicker Saturday (Kaleb
Patterson or Mason Krysinski). "It
may be a game-day call. We'll see how guys do through Thursday. Friday is more
on a walk-through mode. We'll watch pre-game warm up and see how we feel a
young man is and how's he kicking and kind of go from there."
- "It's nice to have a veteran group of players who pretty
much have a strong idea of what needs to be done," Treadwell said.
- "You want to be a balanced team," Treadwell said
about how much he wants to pass and run the ball. "Now does that mean 50-50, it
may not. I think each game presents its own challenge. You kind of have to play
the game as to where you are. ... At the same time you still have to feature your
strength. ... When you look back on us being so top heavy in the passing game
last year, more than not because of necessity, that was our strength and we
were still looking for ourselves in the run game. But now that you've turned
the corner, obviously that's been a focus. Everything does start up front, as I've
said many, many times. We've put a lot of onus on our offensive line. We believe
that they have improved. Number one, just through time and experience. You can't
take that away. You have to play the game to have a chance of earning that experience.
We started two true freshmen last year. We took a little bit of some lumps in
some of those games just being so raw, but again, now they're sophomores."
- "Execute what we believe we are able to do," Treadwell
said about the one thing he would like to see his players do well in the team's
season opener vs. Ohio State. "We are in our program the second year now, so
the anticipation is that our kids are now much more relaxed to just play the
game because a year ago they weren't even sure every play if they were lining
up right. ... Hopefully that will be demonstrated and our kids can just go out
and play the game because they will be confident in what they are expected to