Pre-game Quotes for the UH vs. Fresno State game

Remembering their game at Bulldog Stadium in 2006, David Farmer said:
“As we were walking up the tunnel to halftime, a little 6-year-old boy walked out of the line and came up to me and said: ‘Hey, No. 48, you (bleepin’) suck!” (HA)

About Fresno State’s fans, Keao Monteilh said:
“They chant somebody’s name, then say, ‘You suck!’ But they can’t pronounce my name. They can never do it.” (HA)

About having their 45-minute walk-through at Bulldog Stadium, Mack said:
“It’s good to get out here. It’s going to be full, but we’ve been in a lot bigger stadiums. There’s going to be a good crowd. It’ll be a good football crowd. It will be exciting.” (HA)

Asked about the importance of the game for their WAC title goal, Mack said:
“We can’t look far ahead. We have to try to win one game a week.” (HA)

Monteilh said that Fresno State:
“has always been a big rival. It’s a big game.” (HA)

About the game, Mack told his players:
“We just need to stay together as a team, and play better than we did last week.” (HA)

About how they modified their offense to take advantage of Inoke’s abilities, Mack said:
“We’re taking advantage of his abilities. That’s what you do as a coach. You find a guy with ability and try to mold it a little bit. We don’t want to leave the run-and-shoot, because we believe in it. But there are some things you can do that are very simple that will complement the run-and-shoot and make us a little more versatile.” (HA)

About the modifications they made to the offense, Rolo said:
“It’s still the run and shoot. I know people get infatuated by the naming of the offense, but, really, a lot of the routes are the same. This was in Mouse’s original playbook.” (HA)

About how they will be a pass-first offense, Mack said:
“we’re an attack offense. We’re going to pass first.” (HA)

Inoke said that his running ability:
“sometimes is a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse.” (HA)

About how he has to check all of his pass options before running, Inoke said:
“It’s almost like Spider-Man has his spider senses. Sometimes, I’ll get these false alarms, these false spider senses, that go off in my mind, that I have to escape (the pocket), but I don’t. I’ll think, ‘Oh, people are collapsing on me,’ when they’re not. I’ll watch it on film later, and I’m like, ‘Hey, I was OK on that one, I didn’t have to scramble around.’ ” (HA)

About how after Inoke overthrew Lane and Pollard on fade routes, Rolo said:
“people have more respect for the strength of his arm.” (HA)

About how their offense revolves around Inoke, Keoni Steinhoff said:
“He’s a playmaker. Coach tells us not to get off our blocks until the play is over. Sometimes we don’t know the play is over until we see (Funaki) run right past you.” (HA)

About the difference between their DEs, DE coach Dave Aranda said:
“John (Fonoti) and Dave (Veikune) are studies in two different things. Dave is very technically sound. We’re trying to get Dave to be more free. John’s just the opposite. John is working on being more technically efficient.” (HA)

About how Ryan Mouton learned to camouflage his blitzes from studying Steeler safety Troy Polamalu, Rich Miano said:
“He’s faster than anybody on the team. He’s as smart or smarter than anybody. His technique is sound.” (HA)

About how Mouton’s speed helps when the QB scrambles to the outside after Mouton blitzes up the middle, Miano said:
“If the quarterback runs outside, you’re in trouble. You’re not in trouble when the guy chasing the quarterback is 4.3. He flushes (the quarterback). He makes the tackle. He’s phenomenally talented. He’s worth the price of admission.” (HA)

Praising long snapper Jake Ingram, Tim Grasso said:
“Jake is the man. He gets the snap off very fast.” (HA)

About how he has to quit thinking ahead and worrying about the long-term impact of each missed FGs, Dan Kelly (1-5 for his last 5 FG attempts) said:
“I’m not going to worry about it anymore. I’m not going to worry about how I’m going to kick in the next game. I’m going to kick it, and move on.” (HA)

About Bear Pascoe’s blocking ability, Miano said:
“He’s nasty. He likes to finish. He mauls people. That’s why he gets the name Bear. He’s not a cub. He’s a big brown bear in the forest that you’re warned about when you go hiking.” (HA)

Asked if Fresno State could take the Warriors lightly, Pat Hill said:
“No way. Doesn’t make any difference. This is a draw-the-line-in-the-sand game, just like UCLA was last week.” (HSB)

Expecting a tough game, especially against UH’s defense, Hill said:
“It was a real tough game for us (at UCLA) and this is going to be a tough football game. Hawaii and Wisconsin are the best two defenses we’ve played and we’ve played some pretty good teams.” (HSB)

About how they will have to adjust to the changes that UH makes in their offense with Inoke, Hill said:
“I don’t know what they’re going to do, but we’ll adjust as the game goes on.” (HSB)

About facing the wild Fresno State crowd, Mack said:
“It’s college football at it’s best with a crowd that’s on you. I think that’s exciting, that gets you jacked up.” (HSB)

About how Fresno State is a physical team on offense, Mack said:
“They’re a physical ballclub. They throw a lot of (offensive) formations at you, but every one of them, they play physical.” (HSB)

About how Fresno State is a physical team on defense, Ron Lee said:
“They’re very physical defensively, they’ve always given us problems.” (HSB)

About how it will be a tough game, Mack said:
“I think we match up with them but it’s going to be a real challenge. They’ve got great crowd support and it’s going to be fun college football.” (HSB)

About the struggles they are having with their new starters on offense, Ron Lee said:
“Colt (Brennan) went through it, Davone (Bess), all of those guys. I think that’s what we’re experiencing now.” (HSB)

About UH’s defense may be the best they have had since he’s been at Fresno State, Hill said:
“Nine seniors and they’re tough and they’ve got a lot pride. It’s the best defense I think Hawaii’s had since I’ve been here.” (HSB)

About Fresno State’s OL, DL coach Ikaika Malloe said:
“You’re talking about 300 or 600 pounds depending on if it’s a single block or a double team. They’re a power team so you’re going to see a lot of double teams on our tackles and them trying to drive them into the ‘backers.” (HSB)


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