The Athletic Department now posts the Clawson presser video directly onto Youtube, and you can find it by clicking here. In today's presser, the primary visual feature was the woman you see above bouncing in and out of the shot. It got to be funny after a while.
I'm going to start doing slightly shorter reviews of the presser, for two reasons. First, you can watch it, and second, a significant portion of the pressers are the kind of thing you could hear at any presser at any college in the country, in this case punctuated by a fidgetty woman in a purple sweater.
So, I listened and tried to ferret out the interesting bits, leaving the robot responses on the cutting room floor....kinda.
Anyway. A couple housekeeping matters.
First, Ty Pronty is out for the season. That makes it Pronty, Wiley, and Brighton all lost for the season at WR.
Second, Willie Geter is fine, and he hopes Scheidler will play. He has been practicing.
Now, he talked about the OU Bobcats. He was very impressed with their performance at Tennessee where they threw for 300 yards. Theo Scott has won the QB job, and he is an athlete who has developed into a pocket passer. With the spread looks and triple option, OU is a very tough team to prepare for.
They also have good receivers, and Chris Gamble, an excellent runner and kick returner.
On defense, they have 11 Jrs and Srs.
He talked a little bit about Boise, but not much got beyond "we didn't play well."
A lot of talk about the kicking. We have missed 3 of our last 4 FGs, and a number of those have been after long drives. In fact, I think they were all inside 40 where MAC kickers hit 80% last season. Anyway, Coach says "there are only so many kicks you can miss."
Jack Carle had an excellent question...he wondered if anyone in the second half showed something as the reserves were brought in.
Coach Clawson listed:
As for the lower productivity for Freddie, there were plays when Boise was just determined to keep the ball away from Freddie. If he was the only receiver split out, they put him in press coverage with a safety over top. The offensive staff tried moving him around, but they are a good team. Also, that's why you saw Willie Geter in the wildcat...because if Freddie split out he took two guys with him.
A question was asked about Tyler Sheehan. Coach says Tyler is our best QB and "it isn't close." He thought he played well against Troy and Missouri, but forced a couple balls (and one in particular) against Boise.
Finally, on being 1-3 and our opening schedule, Coach said it either makes you or breaks you. You hope to become a mentally tough team, and, of course, he reminded everyone that winning the MAC is our ultimate goal.