Comments from Navy head football coach Paul Johnson
Navy head football coach Paul Johnson
Oct. 23, 2007
"They are always a good team and I have a lot of respect for Coach Keeler and what he has done there. This year is no exception. They have some good players and they are scoring a lot of points and they aren't giving up much on the other side of the ball. Every time we play them it's a hard fought game and I'm sure this year will be no different. The quarterback is a big guy with a strong arm, they have good receivers and the running back (Cuff) is probably one of the top running backs in that division. He's been there awhile. He played against us the last time we played them and I remember him. They are always going to have good players and they have several players from the surrounding area so any time those kids come back here they usually play well. I know it will be a hard game.
On the difference between the FBS and FCS (I-A and I-AA)
"Ask Michigan how much of a difference there is. There isn't a lot of difference. I coached in that division for five years and we had some really good players. It will be a chance for them to come in and beat an "I-A" team and they will be excited to do that. I know how excited they will be because I've been there. Having coached on that level I have a lot of respect for that level because I know there are a lot of good teams and good players. Delaware has a program that is steeped in tradition and they have had a lot of success."
"He's fine. He practiced today and I assume he will be ready to go."
"He did some good things. He had to come in earlier in the game and it was different than the previous two games he came in. Other than the fumbled snap I thought he did some good things. He didn't throw the ball the way he can, I've seen him throw the ball better, but he moved the team. He can't help that the fullback fumbled the ball or we turned a guy loose and he got hit in the back and fumbled. He never saw the guy. I have a lot of confidence in Jarod. If he has to play we will be fine.
On Wake Forest
"They have a good football team. I knew that going into the game. I don't think their speed hurt us, they just executed better than we did. The quarterback was very efficient and accurate and they didn't drop balls and they made some nice catches. Defensively they ran around pretty good but that wasn't a surprise. I knew they could run."
On the kickoff team
"It's not good. The other team could say the same thing because we had some good returns too. When you back that thing up to the 30-yard line there is a lot of room and when you get in open space and one guy misses a tackle or gets out of his lane it can go for a long way. On the first one we didn't get a real good kick and we had a couple of guys get out of their lane. On the second one we got a guy clipped right in the back and it wasn't called and our contain guy lost leverage. That's the first time he's done that all year. If he stays where he's supposed to be we probably tackle the guy at the 30. At the start of the year the kickoff team was probably our best and most consistent special team."