Tuesday October 7, 2003FB Focusing on LSU
Ron Zook, head football coach
"As I told the team, we have backed ourselves into a hole. We let one slip away and now we have to go get one. LSU is a very talented team and in a lot of areas one of the best team’s we have played. It will be a great challenge for us and our guys are excited about going out there. Last night's practice was good. I was very impressed and happy with the way our guys practiced."
On the atmosphere at Death Valley:
"The experiences I have had down their have been good. It is a tough place to play. It is a very hostile environment similar to what it was like at Miami this year."
On the challenges No. 6 LSU poses:
"In a lot of areas they are the best team we have faced. They have the best offensive line we have faced with a quarterback [Matt Mauck] who is completing 65 percent of his passes. The also have arguably the best receiver [Michael Clayton] in the league. They are a pressure team and hit [quarterback] David Greene almost every snap when they played Georgia. They are an extremely well coached football team."
Johnny Lamar, corner
On what keeps the team motivated:
"We are playing for each other. The seniors are playing for the younger guys. We are going to try and do our best, not for pride or anything else, but to win."
On the fans:
"All we can do is show by example. You have to do what you have to do to come out with a victory. They are going to believe what they are going to believe in. We have to show them they can believe in us."
Chris Leak, quarterback
On head Coach Ron Zook:
"Coach Zook has always been an energetic guy. He would have the same attitude as he does now if we were 5-0."
On playing in "Death Valley":
"I have never been there before but I know it is an awesome place to be. I have been to a lot of stadiums when I was younger but I have heard it is one of the best places to play in college football."
Reid Fleming, linebacker
On the criticism of head coach Ron Zook:
"We have to do our assignments, whatever they call we've got to execute. It's not always the coach's fault. I put a lot on us. I'm a senior and I know what we have to do. I don't think it's right for everyone to blame him. I feel we practice really well and practice really hard. Nothing has changed since I've been here from Coach Spurrier to Coach Zook. If the players go out there and execute what the coaches call, with the game plan we have, then we have a great chance to win but we haven't been doing that."
"He's competitive. I'm sure he hasn't really thought about pressure. He just wants to go out there and help our team win. He's probably got the same attitude he's had every week. Every game we want to go out and do our best and win the game."