Head Coach Larry Blakeney
On first week of the season
We are closing in on
opener. It's a game that is sort of an unknown. It's certainly a
rivalry game and it's certainly across
conference lines, Sun Belt versus Conference USA. The game means a lot
to us and it means a lot to them, and it means a lot to our
administration and our people and UAB's people.
think we're a better team than we've been. I think we are approaching
readiness, as far as being ready to go in and play hard and hopefully
a flawless game. A game in which we don't have a lot of penalties, a
game where we don't turn it over, and maybe we can get some turnovers,
and our kicking game is solid and sound. All of the things that are
elements, basically the elements are turnovers, one
way or the other. You've got to have a low number of penalties. It's all
about field position.
I expect it to be a hard fought game. It's always been that way. We want
to make sure we don't disappoint anybody, but I'm looking forward to
On approaching an 11:00 a.m. kickoff
think depth could be an issue at 11 o'clock in the morning. We have to
deal with early kicks, we have to deal with late kicks, and we have to
with all kind of kicks. I think we're deeper than we've been; maybe
since a couple of years back. We've got a lot of people playing. We've
got a high number on both sides of the ball that we can put out there.
We do have some guys who are limited to the amount
that we can put them out there. Depth I think will be important to being
On picking up a win to start the 2012 season
a huge target game. It's an in-state rivalry. We certainly need to win
the game to get off to a positive start. Our schedule is tough.
On Troy's 2010 last-second loss at UAB
was one of the toughest losses I've ever been through. We've had some
tough loses since I've been here, but that one was pretty tough. We
dealt with it well. We continued on, even though we lost that game up
there, but we used it. It was a tough, tough ordeal to go through for
me, the players, our coaches and our people. And the game last year was
almost the same.
On QB Corey Robinson and the Troy offense
a guy that we closely scrutinize through practice. Every practice he is
graded and he is a guy that we count on. He knows the offense. He has
a great throwing stroke. He's not going to beat you running, but
hopefully we will have a running attack that will balance us offensively
and help Corey.
On 2012 defense
hard to compare them. We've had some pretty good players here over the
years. When we were good enough to get off the field on defense, there
was always three of four guys over there to make plays for you. We're
young in some areas, but I think we're good enough and deep enough in
the front seven. We are certainly more gifted in the secondary across
the board. It's a matter of executing, getting
the call and getting after it on defense.
Quarterback Corey Robinson
On the opening week of the 2012 season
want to get off to a better start than we did last year. That's what
we've been working for, for the past six or seven months. We're tired of
the same defense, just like they are tired of seeing us every day. I
think we are ready to get up there and play somebody else."
On in-state rivalry
as players try to treat it as any other game. We're trying to treat
each game one step at a time and get as many wins as possible. We always
to get after UAB just like they want to get after us."
On 2010 loss at UAB
"That was a heartbreaker. We ended up going to a bowl game so it worked out."
On 2012 offense and how it has progressed through preseason practice
got a bunch of guys this year who are experienced. We've got some guys
that know the playbook and know where the holes are in the defense. I'm
pretty excited about the guys that I've got this year. The offensive
line has been progressing every day. You've got Kyle Wilborn who is an
experienced veteran up there. I definitely feel like this is going to
be a good offense and we have to go out there
On the 2012 team
definitely feel like we've got a bunch of guys who have the will to win
and want to win really badly. I feel like this year we are going to get