September 12, 2006

Learning on the fly

From hero to goat. It was a tough weekend for redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy, who experienced his first taste of disappointment as a college player in Saturday's 24-7 loss to Ohio State. Orangebloods.com sat down with McCoy on Monday to get his thoughts on the loss and what went wrong on the offensive side of the ball.

Q: After sitting down and watching the film this weekend, what did you see?

A: Man, we were so close. Watching film, if we had made a couple of blocks here and there, if we catch a few balls and don't make as many mistakes, we're right in there. If we don't turn the ball over, it's a totally different game.

Q: When you watched the film of your interception, what did you think?

A: Stupid. It was just stupid. When I looked at it, that's the first thing that comes to mind. They over-dropped the linebacker and you've got to drop it down to the running back. They hadn't done that very much in the first half and I just took my eyes off the linebacker.

Q: For the maturation of a quarterback, is going through a loss and everything that comes with it important for your overall development? Is this just something that has to come with the territory? How have you handled this?

A: Nobody is hanging their heads. We're going to be right back in the thick of things. We're going to get right back to work. It was the second ball game of the season. The attitude - everyone is fine. Nobody is down. Nobody is going to hang their head. We've got to get back to work and get ready. When we met together yesterday offensively, that was the whole thing. We were this close the whole game, but when you make little mistakes and don't catch any breaks, things don't seem to go your way. We'll be fine. We can get back to work today and we'll be ready to go on Saturday.

Q: The coaches have said that they called nine deep passes on Saturday, but that only two were thrown. Some were obviously checked down to the backs. Can you talk about those plays and why they didn't get thrown? Were they just covered up?

A: Most of them were. In the second half when most of them were called, they were ahead of us, so we obviously had to try to stretch the field a little bit and they did a really good job of dropping all of their linebackers and their secondary, and mixing it up a little bit. It was tough. We ran the ball great in the game. We were this close to making plays the whole night. It just seems like things didn't go our way, but right now we'll put it behind us. We're behind this game. They are a great team and I'm not going to take anything away from them, but we've got to look forward to Rice and look forward to getting better because we're going to be right back in it.

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