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Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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Jim Grobe met with the media to preview the Nebraska game

On feelings after the Vanderbilt game:
"I was more upset right after the game than I was by the time I got home. By the time I got home, I started thinking about some of the performances of guys that are going to be around awhile playing for us. It was another competitive football game that we didn't win, and it's unacceptable not to win. Even though we're still playing some guys that need experience, we've got enough talent that we can win. That's what I stressed to the kids after the game."

On the youth of the team:
"The nice thing is the guy that rushed for 250 (yards) is a sophomore and is going to be around for a while. We played a lot of those guys Thursday night, so things are going the way we want them to go, we just want to win more. That's the thing. We're not going to use the excuse we're too young. We are still playing a lot of young guys. At Nebraska, we may start as many as 15 freshmen and sophomores in that game, but we're talented enough to win. We're pressing these guys. Even though we're a pretty youthful team, we're not going to make any excuses and press our guys as hard as we can to win these games."

On Micah Andrews:
"Micah's a guy that really enjoys playing football. He likes the game, he's good in the weight room, takes care of business in the classroom and does all the things we want him to do off the field. In practice, he's a workhorse. He reminds me a lot of Tarence Williams. Tarence had a great work ethic in practice and in the weight room. When it comes to game time, he's a guy that likes to play. He's not just a guy that just practices hard or he's not just a gamer. He pretty much does all the things we want him to do, and as he continues to gain experience, he'll get better."

On scheduling Nebraska and their tradition:
"For me personally as a coach, it's a tough decision to make, but for the players it's not a tough decision. We feel like it's a great opportunity for those guys to go into Lincoln and play a team like the Cornhuskers. We are really excited about doing it. We know we have a great challenge in front of us. It's a tough place to play, and they have great talent. We're going to have to play real, real well, but I think it's something our players and coaches look forward to."

On if the team is experienced enough to win now:
"Realistically, if you look at how many sophomores and freshmen we're putting on the field as starters, you'd say no, but I think we're talented enough to do it. I'm not going to say it will come next year, and I think it very well could happen. We're so close right now to being a good football team. I told our coaches that there is no excuse for us to lose football games with the talent we've got. That doesn't mean we won't get beat by better teams, but we've got enough talent to win. That is what we're going to keep preaching to our players, that we expect to win every time out. No excuses."

On Nebraska:
"I think they're every bit as talented. I think they're having some problems because they're in transition from an option attack to a West Coast offense, and defensively they have great talent and fly around. They're a very aggressive defensive team as you would expect. They're a very, very talented Nebraska football team that's playing a lot of new guys in their program right now and a new system on offense."

On Zac Taylor:
"It probably won't be as strange to me as it is for the players. The players of course spent a lot of time with Zac. It will probably be a bad, bad feeling if they're going up and down the feeling because of Zac. He was backing up Cory Randolph and early in the year we didn't run much option with Cory, because we were afraid if he went down Zac wouldn't be ready to play. By the end of the year we were running quite a bit of option because we felt Zac was capable if Cory went down. We gained a lot of confidence in Zac by the end of the year and we wanted him to stay. It wasn't a situation where we thought Ben Mauk was the next guy and we wanted Zac to move on, we saw a lot of improvement in Zac and thought he could be a good quarterback for us. I think that's exactly what has happened. He went to junior college and matured and got stronger and now he's doing a nice job for Nebraska."

Junior offensive guard Arby Jones

On the frustration of losing tight games:
"It's real tough to realize that were so close so many times. It's real tough mentally to face that fact that we worked so hard and still we end up losing all these close games. We just have to work harder. That's what Coach Grobe has us doing."

On his former roommate and current Nebraska starting quarterback Zac Taylor:
"I talked to him the other day. We both agreed that we can't believe that we're actually playing each other and I'm going to see him when we go up there."

More on Taylor:
"We kept in contact when he was at Butler (County Community College). I went to the national championship up there. I watched his spring game highlights, and he looked pretty good. I mean he looks like a different quarterback, just because they're running a different offense. But he looks real good, and I'm impressed at what he's accomplished.

On Nebraska:
"They look good on film. Their defensive line looks big. Maybe they haven't had the type of success they usually had, but they are still Nebraska. They're playing hard and doing good things. It's going to be a fight."

Senior defensive tackle Goryal Scales

On the frustration of losing tight games:
"I think it has been frustrating to come so close to winning some big games. But we're starting a new season, a new attitude, and hopefully we can change that this year.

On Zac Taylor:
"He's pretty mobile. He can move if he has to. He's definitely not the fastest quarterback we've seen, but he's definitely a threat."

On playing at Nebraska:
"They are a big, powerhouse team. They have a winning tradition there. I enjoy the challenge of big teams like that. It's why I play the game, the chance to play in that environment, to be seen nationally TV, to play to the best of your ability."

Sophomore defensive end Matt Robinson

On the team's pass rush last week:
"Obviously it wasn't very good. Going back to watch film, we had a little more pressure than we thought. Their quarterback was very good at getting the ball out, identifying pressure, where it was coming from and making the play. But that's what you expect from an experienced guy like him. For us, it's going to have to be an attitude change. . I am taking it upon myself personally to go work on that because we can't go on through the season with as many sacks as we had last year. It's just not going to fly. You are definitely going see a change."

On winning close games:
"We remember how to win the close ones, but I think it comes down to when the game is on the line, we can't keep looking for one guy to make the big play. It has to be all 11 guys on the defense, all 11 guys fighting and scuffing to make the big play. We had way too many third down conversions against us with Vanderbilt. We have to be a stingy defense. We have to take those plays away from them and I think we can do that."

Sophomore running back Micah Andrews

On waiting for his turn to shine:
"At times, it's frustrating. You wish you could play now, but it's never an excuse not to work hard, so I attack it with that kind of attitude."

On what he can do for an encore after his 254 yard performance:
"I think we can win for an encore."

On Nebraska:
"That's football country. They have big, strong, fast guys and that doesn't change. I don't think that's every going to change. I've never played Nebraska, so I can't tell you how they used to be I just know how they are now."

On how his style differs from Chris Barclay:
"Chris is very fast, defined, skillful in everything he does. Mine is kind of wild. Everything I do might not look pretty, but I try to get the job done the best I can. Some of things I do might just look ugly."

On the offensive line's performance last Thursday:
"Those guys did a tremendous job just moving the defense out of the way. It made my job very easy."

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