November 19, 2012
Notes from the Memphis Game
Some notes on Saturday's loss to Memphis:
- Coach Garrick McGee blamed himself Monday for the loss, saying he got complacent as a coach. "We won a couple games, and I really do think that I backed off," McGee said Monday. "I thought that things were headed in the right direction and I was starting to see signs of our team coming to life, so I turned down some of the intensity and some of the pressure. Obviously it was a really big mistake on my part, and I think that''s why we got the performance we got. It'll never happen to me again in my career."
- One problem, McGee noted, was overconfidence. "We felt pretty confident coming into this week," he said. "That led to a lot of people being unprepared. It shouldn't have been that way. We should have taken the same approach as we did against Marshall. We put Marshall on a pedestal and came out confident and ready to practice. We have a lot to prove this week."
- Sophomore tight end Kennard Backman agreed with his coach. "Throughout the week, a lot of us were going through the motions," Backman said. "We had two big wins. We went through the motions this week and it showed on Saturday. We don''t want to get embarrassed again."
- Running back Darrien Reaves ran for more than 400 yards combined in the games against Marshall and Southern Miss, but he was limited to just 38 yards against Memphis. The Memphis defense seemed to be keying on him at times, but Reaves blamed himself for the lack of production. "I didn't play like myself," he said. "I missed some holes and a couple of cuts. They put a lot of guys in the box. Memphis had a great scheme to stop the run. But I should take responsibility for that. We couldn't find a rhythm in any phase of the game."
- Quarterback Austin Brown was limited by a groin injury Saturday, and the injury may slow him down in this week's season finale at UCF. "He has a groin injury that he's dealing and it's affecting his movements," McGee said. "He's not moving as well as we'd like, but he's doing a good job managing the game for us."
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