Comments from Navy head football coach Paul Johnson
Senior fullback Adam Ballard
Nov. 8, 2007
Comments from Navy head football coach Paul Johnson following practice on Wednesday, Nov. 7
On if the team is ready for North Texas
"We aren't ready to play. Today was a little better than yesterday, but it's not what you would like to have."
On if the team has a hangover from the win over Notre Dame
"I don't know if it's that. The weather has been a little cold and we haven't been dialed in and focused like we need to be. If we aren't focused we will get embarrassed on Saturday. We don't have the type of football team that can show up and not be dialed in and have any success. This is a great opportunity for North Texas, because they are getting a team with national name recognition in their own stadium and it's a game that they feel like they match up very well. It's a win-win for them. I'm sure they are salivating to play us after watching our film. You aren't going to get many teams that are nationally recognized that are our size. We aren't taken Darren McFadden and Felix Jones (from Arkansas) in there."
On having a lot of players on the roster from Texas and having a chance to play in front of friends and family
"It is exciting for anybody to get to go home and play, but you have to get yourself ready to play. You don't just show up and say that you are ready to play."
On Adam Ballard
"It would be great for him to have a big game. He has worked hard the last two or three weeks in practice and hopefully he will have a breakout game. I feel good about both Adam and Eric. They are both good players."
On the season to date
"This team has been resilient and they have found ways to win. You could make a case for this team to be 1-8 right now and you could also make a case for them to be 8-1. It's been a crazy year. We haven't had more than one game that we've won comfortably and we've been in every game that we lost more or less.
On Steve Dorman who played in his first ever football game (on any level) on Saturday against Notre Dame
"I just got to thinking about him, because you are trying to find different angles in every area of special teams, and I was thinking of different ways to block a kick and he is 6-8 so I wanted to put him on the PAT/Field goal team and put him and Corey Johnson in there as jumpers to see what they can do. We tried it in practice and it didn't look bad so we tried it in the game. He did a good job, so we will continue to work with him. We won't do it every time."