Coach Speak: Bill Blankenship

Several weeks ago, starting QB Cody Green injured his knee. Last week vs Tulane, he did not play and Tulsa went with Redshirt Freshman Dane Evans. On Tuesday, Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship indicated he expects Green to "be better" for the UTSA game.

Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship's Quotes from Tuesday's Press Conference

"Coming off of a loss in New Orleans, we were very disappointed. We couldn't seem to get out of our own way. We stepped on ourselves several times with turnovers and penalties. We played well defensively. Never once did I feel like we were going to lose the game. That's what makes it tougher. The defensive unit had an exceptional day. You would think that would be what we need to win. We only gave up one explosive play. One long pass was the only explosive we gave up."

On quarterback Cody Green's status for Saturday:

"Cody, we believe, should be better. He didn't play (at Tulane), so he shouldn't be any worse. His status will be the same as it was last week. If he's healthy and ready to go, he'll be our quarterback. He's got to be near 100 percent to be able to move around and be as active as he needs to be in protecting the football."

On red-shirt freshman quarterback Dane Evans:

"Dane had some really good moments last week, but he had some freshman moments. Those freshman moments typically come because you don't have the experience yet. Experience probably is defined as having bad things happen to you, and you learn from them. Dane will be much better the next time he's on the field."

On the play of the Tulsa defense:

"If you go back and check the quotes, I think I told you that by midseason, I thought we would be a really good defense. Honestly, we knew we had good, young talent. I did not suspect that we would be as beat up as we were and still survive defensively. It's been harder. But I think we have a great group of coaches and (players) who are buying into the system."

On Tulsa's morale:

"Not very good, from a standpoint that there is a frustration, (but) I don't know that I've ever been prouder of they way they responded on Sunday. In one vein, I would tell you that morale is tough right now. In another, the look that I see in their eye – the grit and determination – may be the best since the season started."

On UTSA:

"It's special to me because Larry Coker was my last quarterback coach my senior year here at the University of Tulsa. We began to develop a relationship then that has carried over. I've been a big admirer. He's done a good job of putting that (UTSA) program together. They're very impressive in what they've done (in only three seasons of the program's existence). It will be certainly a tough ballgame for us."

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