Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly

On Jake Fisher…

“First off the fact that a lineman got into the end zone first is something to talk about. But it does say a lot about Jake and his effort. It says a lot about the effort that we, as a team, pride ourselves on. “

On Marcus Mariota…

“Marcus is not just going to force the ball on one guy and I think you saw him do that today. We like to get the ball out to a lot of guys, and he did that today. But he knows that he can still do better.”

On Dion Jordan…

“He has really developed into a special player. He is a dominant defensive player. The way you see him play on Saturdays is what we see Monday through Friday. He approaches practice every day the same way he approaches a game.”

On the approach to the game…

“Sometimes not playing as fast is our plan. I was proud of our game plan today and how we executed it. We will continue to change it up as we go. It is our weapon, but we don’t always choose to use it as a weapon. This approach works for us, when we need to turn it up we will and when we need to slow it down we will.”

“I thought our effort was great. The energy on the sidelines was great. I was really happy about it.”

On approaching the games to come…

“We need to clean up because we will not survive 12 penalties against anyone coming up.”

“There is a lot to teach off of this game, but it is easier to teach when you’re winning instead of losing.


Tennessee Tech Head Coach Watson Brown

“We did our best. It’s bettersweet because you know coming in that it is going to be a tough road. You don’t ever like to take your team somewhere where you’re just overmatched. But at the same time, I think we get a lot out of it as long as we didn’t have too many injuries. I don’t know the answer to that [the number and extent of injuries] yet. I think you get better from doing this. I really think that we will be a better team from coming up here and taking this home. I’m proud of them [Tennessee Tech]. We put them [the players] through a lot. This stuff means a lot to us.

“I was thinking last night that at the last two jobs I’ve had, that’s eighteen years now, I’ve played forty BCS schools in those eighteen years. And I’m not sure this is the best one played.”

On Oregon...

“They’re that good. They don’t have weaknesses. They’re really fast. They’re much bigger than you think. They’re tall kids. On the defensive line, they’re all 6’ 6” or 6’ 7”. I think the missing piece is their defense. They’re a lot better than people think on defense. They just kill the first couple they play and then they take them all out. We played against their guys a little longer today and even some of the [second line] is really good. Their defense is where people are much better than people think. And their offense is just so fast. They’re so athletic up front, they’re all tall. The little fast guys are behind them and our guys lose them. And when you lose one of those dudes, he pops out all of a sudden and it’s tough.”

“We talk about all their speed and all their skill but I’m not sure their lines are as good as anyone’s on both sides of the ball.”

On Quarterback Darian Stone’s touchdown throw...

“I was proud of him [Quarterback Darian Stone] because he hasn’t played much. I was hoping he would get to play a half today. He goes right out and throws that ball. I think he only had one play that I feel like he didn’t have control over.  I thought he did a good job.”

On future plans...

“Playing hard. Try hard. Trying our best to keep our poise through hostile situations and good players. I don’t think you get better if you don’t sometimes play against people better than you. You have to get up off the ground if you get knocked down, do it again, and learn how to keep playing well even if you are down. There’s a lot of things I think you can get from something like this. It’s bittersweet. You don’t like breaking your players in with a tough loss. You know you’re outmatched when you go out there. But we played a bunch of people. I think we got everyone got in except for maybe a few quarterbacks. I promise you we played seventy guys in the game and that’s good to get that many out there.

“Hopefully we got better from this. We’re now looking ahead to where we hope to be. Hopefully we’re not too wounded and we’ll get better. I don’t think the kids will let this bother their confidence. They knew what they’re going into. We’ll take the positives and go with that. They better be ready because we’re the defending champions. About a week from right now, we’re going to be kicking off. We’ll be ready."


 

#6 RB/WR De’Anthony Thomas

On the game…

“It was a teachable moment but from my standpoint, I just want to get to the finish line just like I do in track.”

“We played pretty good, we can get better though and that is what practice is for, to get better. We will learn from today when we will watch film on Monday.”

On Byron Marshall…

“Byron is going to be a great player at the University of Oregon. It is great to see all of the freshman come in and learn our offensive strategy very fast. It is fun to see them all out there.”


#9 RB Byron Marshall

His mentality going into today’s game…

“I just had to come out and play hard”

On improving…

“I’m more comfortable with the system. The first game coming there was a lot of emotions. “

On the high scoring third quarter…

“We try to have a great first half and go back and finish it.”

 

#96 DE Dion Jordan

On playing Pac-12 Football next week…
“It doesn’t matter who we play. There’s no flipping on and off. You have to come to work every day.”

On improving as a team…

“We got to get better in the red zone.  As individuals you really have to be a competitor.”

On his main focuses…

“Just using my speed and to disrupt things.”

On the freshman players…

“We have a lot of good talent. The freshman--we have to depend on. They really have to get it.”

 

#12 S Brian Jackson

On his goals for games…

“Just to get to the end zone and everything will take care of itself.”

On how he prepares mentally for games…

“I feel like whenever I go out, I’m ready to play. You can’t always control everything. Penalties will happen. Sometimes you need to cut it out.”

On the team’s leaders…

“I find all of us try to be a cohesive unit. I want to be a good role model, but I feel like we all learn from each other.”

On the team’s injuries…

“We’ve been able to bounce back from anything.”

 

#55 OL Hroniss Grasu

On the offense…

“We’re all a very close group and we come together.”

On De’Anthony Thomas…

“He always gives 100% effort. Always trying to give the best effort he can, and I’m happy for him.”

On looking ahead…

“We look at every game the same way. We are focusing on now. We still have to win the day.”

 

#9 Quaterback Tre Lamb

On getting hit...

“I was fine. That’s football. That’s what you do when you play quarterback in a spread offense. You’re going to get hit after you throw, you’re going to get hit while you throw, you’re going to get hit when you are running the ball.”

On Oregon...

“They’re [Oregon] a good football team. They’re fast. They get to the ball quicker than most teams that we play against. But it’s part of the game.”

#14 Defensive Back Austin Tallant

On De'Anthony Thomas...

“You can watch video about him [De’Anthony] all day but it is a whole different game out there. I don’t know if it was the first or second touchdown, the one he fumbled at the end, and I thought we had him. He’s obviously really quick along the sideline. You think you have him and if you are off by anything, he’s gone. “