Head Coach Bill Lynch's Weekly Press Conference - Sept. 20
Sept. 20, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Bill Lynch met with members of the media on Monday to discuss last week's victory over Western Kentucky and look forward to this week's contest against Akron. He was joined by fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell and sophomore defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr.
The following is a partial transcript of Coach Lynch's press conference.
HEAD COACH Bill Lynch
"I thought overall as a team we were solid. There are things that when you break it down and look at and realize we could do better, and we need to as we go through the year. I thought Ben's play and the play of the wide receivers was really good. From [Damarlo] Belcher to [Tandon] Doss to [Terrance] Turner to Duwyce Wilson - I thought they played very well.
"I thought in the middle part of the game our defense played well. I don't think we started out really well and I don't think we finished the game in the way we would like to. So that is certainly something that we need to work on.
"I thought much like the opener, we were pretty good about not turning the ball over after the second offensive play, we were good with the ball. For the most part, we didn't have too many penalties and our kicking game was solid. Those are all things early in the year that shows itself every Saturday as you watch college football or see the replays. Those situations usually have a lot to do with the game.
"I do think this week is a challenge. Akron is a good football team, they just haven't won. I think that sometimes when you don't get to watch the tape and all you do is read the scores, you get a perception of exactly what a team is all about. But they're a good, solid football team and very well coached. They're starting over with a new staff and that's always a tough situation. Both sides of the ball, though, I like what they're doing.
"We have not played real well against the MAC teams recently and I think our players understand that. Two years ago, when Ball State and Central Michigan came in here and last year we had to force a fumble late in the fourth quarter against Western Michigan, so I have a lot of respect for the MAC schools. Every year they knock off a couple Big Ten teams and they have another opportunity this weekend. We have a lot of respect for them and as most of you know, so many of us are from that conference and understand the competiveness in that league.
"We have our work cut out for us and we must continue to get better. We have to continue to run the football better. I think that is something that is vital and there are times in games when you have to run the ball when they know you are going to run the ball, and that's when you have to be good at it. It's not just a matter of taking what the defense gives you and if they are going to play a lot of coverage then you can run the ball. There are a lot of times in games that the really good football teams can will their way to run the football. And the same way on defense. You have to be able to stop the run in real critical situations in any football game. Those are two things that we will put a lot of emphasis in throughout the week.
"On offense and defense, we still need to get better in third-down conversions. We were much better offensively but when we did get stopped, it was in running situations. Defensively, I think we were 5-of-11 but we have to be better than that as we move forward; same thing in the red zone. We can't settle for field goals and if we do, we have to make those field goals and defensively we have to force field goals - we can't let people score touchdowns.
"There are a lot of areas for improvement and our guys understand that in the way they go about their work, and I'm confident we'll have that kind of week as we get ready. It's good to be back home. I think it will be a great atmosphere at night and I think our students will really respond to that, which makes it a great environment. Having not been home since Sept. 2, it's almost a full month, so we're looking forward to a great crowd and I'm certainly encouraging fans to come out."
On improving the running game:
On whether his trust of Ben's experience leads to passing more on third down:
LARRY BLACK, JR.
On how the defense is coming along:
On returning to the week-by-week grind:
On winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors:
On the game at Akron last year:
On Akron's changes this year:
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