Moeller had suffered a similar injury to the chest muscle he tore Saturday previously in his career.
“You just feel terrible about it … We’re going to appeal for a (NCAA) hardship,” Tressel said about Moeller’s potential of earning a rare sixth year of eligibility.
Tight end Jake Stoneburner’s availability for the Buckeyes still is unknown. He suffered an ankle injury in the Eastern Michigan game.
OSU hosts 3-1 Indiana Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes are seeking their 12th straight win, dating back to 2009.
The Hoosiers enter after suffering their first loss this season to Michigan Saturday, 42-35.
It was a bizarre game for IU, who held the ball for nearly 42 of the 60 minutes yet lost.
Senior QB Ben Chappell completed 45 of his 64 pass attempts for 480 yards.
The Indiana offense ranks fourth nationally in passing and is also led by dangerous receiver/returner Tandon Doss.
Tressel could earn his 100th coaching victory Saturday with a win over IU.
He’d become the third fastest Big Ten coach to reach 100 wins, behind Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler.
OSU leads in the all-time series with IU 66-12-5.
POST CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
COACH TRESSEL: I was told this is a different podium and may be a little wobbly, so if I fall into your lap, Rusty, I hope your knee’s okay. Well, it was a Big Ten battle as most of you who were there know. Anytime you travel, take on a team, we’ve got excellent personnel and a lot of passion, which I thought Illinois played with a lot of passion. I thought they did a very nice job preparing for us. They utilized that couple extra practice days to get to know us and I thought they played very, very well.
I thought our guys dug in and fought and played within the confines of the game and the situation which was a little bit of a chess game from a weather standpoint and that type of thing and I thought our guys adjusted and thought our defense showed great poise in the fact that Illinois hit a couple real nice plays on them and also Illinois got a couple — we considered it three sudden change situations where two interceptions and one punt which we were punting out of the end zone and couldn’t get it very far and they got the ball on about the 36 or 38. We considered those three very difficult situations for our defense and I thought they showed great poise and kept minimal points from happening and I thought our guys played 60 minutes against a team that was very physical, and had a chance to see a lot of good video on Sunday and learn a lot of lessons and I was pleased with the fact that the special teams held their own.
Going into the game I thought Illinois’ special teams were outstanding. Their punter is ranked near the top of the country. Their kicker is very, very good. I was glad he was kicking into the wind on that one because it was dead center and they kicked off well and their return game was good and I thought we took a step from a coverage standpoint.
I thought Ben Buchanan, who was our special teams player of the week, did an excellent job. He was asked to punt a number of times into that wind and I thought he kept that nose down and did as well as we could hope. And Drew Basil continues to improve as our kickoff guy. And as the specialists improve, that will allow the coverage to improve, which I think we got a little bit better there. And Jordan Hall and Jamaal Berry, in my mind, continue to grow as dangerous guys back on the returns and that’s a good thing.
So I thought that the fact that we at least fought toe to toe special teams gave us a chance to see who could make more plays on offense or defense. So I thought we made some progress there. I think the other thing that’s important in a game like that is that it’s a real life reality of the difficulty of the Big Ten and it’s going to be that way. It won’t take the exact same form each week because everyone has different things that they do and so forth, but the intent of Big Ten foes’ interest in beating you is real and I thought that our guys got a good taste of that and know we’ve got to get better if we want to contend.
And now we have a chance to come home, play against an Indiana team that they threw it 64 times last week, 98 plays, you know, those receivers are veterans. The quarterback, of course, is a veteran. Their running back does a nice job in protection, and the amount that they run him, he’s very good at it and he’s a good receiver as well.
Defensively they struggled against a very fast, fast offense that Michigan brought at them. And special teams-wise, their return men, they’ve always done a good job on kickoff return against us and Doss is back there again. So we’re looking forward to taking the practice field this afternoon and see if we can get better and see if we can become one of those teams that does well in the Big Ten.
REPORTER: Jim, what’s the status of Terrelle with the quad? What’s he talking to you about?
COACH TRESSEL: Sunday we did a little bit of drills and weight lifting and all that, so we didn’t really test it, per se. Yesterday was our day off and he was in doing his film study and his rehab and all. I would expect every day he’ll get closer to 100%. I don’t know who’s 100% after five games that has as much wear and tear as a guy that has his hands on the ball, but I think he’ll be fine.
REPORTER: Is it a strain or what’s the nature of it?
COACH TRESSEL: That would be as good a word as anything. I don’t really even know.
REPORTER: It’s upper leg?
COACH TRESSEL: Yes.
REPORTER: Do you try to prepare the game plan not knowing or how he’ll be limited mobility-wise because that’s such a big part of his game? Is that going to be kind of hard to monitor?
COACH TRESSEL: Well, I think you always have to have in your bag of tricks things for a strong wind in your face, things for a mobile quarterback, things for a quarterback that’s not as mobile. We kind of went through that last year. Those last three games, we didn’t have the mobility at that position, but we always say that that position first and foremost has to make good decisions, which he won’t be hampered at, at all, and he’s got to keep us from having turnovers. And the decisions have a lot to do with that and we always say that that position has to make big plays.
Now, maybe some of those big plays won’t be done as much with the feet, but we can still do them with the arm. So we’ll go in with the whole gamut like we always do.
REPORTER: Does that type of injury, though, affect his plant leg when he’s trying to throw the ball?
COACH TRESSEL: No, I don’t think so.
REPORTER: Jim, how much a bummer is it to lose Tyler Moeller and just kind of discuss that a little bit and where you go from there so to speak.
COACH TRESSEL: It’s really disappointing because he had the similar injury sometime before his head injury, and then unfortunately during the time he was rehabbing with his head injury, he could not work on anything that would raise his heartbeat and all that, so in essence, he probably spent seven or eight months doing nothing, which did not allow him to rehab, and so he got back and he was giving us 30 plays a game and that type of thing and just caught a guy the wrong way and that not-all-the-way-rehabbed injury just couldn’t handle that and you just feel terrible about it. And from his standpoint specifically, we’re going to appeal for a hardship, and all that takes time and paperwork and documentation and so forth, but you just feel sick for him because you saw the pain he was in last year not being able to help his teammates and now he was, and now he was having fun. So, yeah, it’s very disappointing and obviously it hurts us.
REPORTER: Can you begin that appeal now? I thought you had to wait until the end of the fifth year, but —
COACH TRESSEL: If a person is deemed out for the year and he is done playing, he’s having surgery and all that, you can begin that type of initial paperwork. Now, will it happen fast, I don’t know. Normally if a guy’s in a rehab situation and there’s more games left and, who knows, he might get back, but in this particular case, it’s well-documented he cannot play the rest of the year.
REPORTER: Is Christian Bryant now full speed ahead? How have you approached that aspect?
COACH TRESSEL: Well, the only way we could, which was in the game he was full speed ahead and I thought he did a solid job. He’s got to get better, he knows that. But he really loves football. Without having sat and talked about it yet because we go out this afternoon and everyone gets the reps, but in my mind the three things that can happen, the most logical one is Christian will step in and do a good job. The other thing you always have the opportunity to do is move Jermale back there, because he played nickel there for multiple years, put someone else in at safety, and then the other thing is we get Nate Oliver back, who has been playing that nickel position and he’s been out for a couple weeks and we hope he’s back 100%, we think so, but we need to see it.
REPORTER: That’s kind of a key game for that, these guys may throw it 60 times.
COACH TRESSEL: Huge. Huge. While he got a good baptism Saturday, he’s going to get immersed.
REPORTER: What happened in the fourth quarter when you went to primarily Herron running the ball, did Terrelle tell you he was limited? Did the trainers, doctors, tell you he was limited or did you want to play keep-away with the ball?
COACH TRESSEL: I think you need to take it back to the beginning of the half. We chose to start against the wind, so we wanted to see if we could survive that third quarter, but whatever the results of the third quarter were, we knew we would have the wind in the fourth quarter and do what we have to do. Well, we kind of had begun getting a little bit of momentum and Boom is one of those, if there’s a hole there for two yards, he’s going to get three, so we kind of got that momentum going with the two back looks and Boom carrying the ball and I think if there was a moment where we felt like, hey, we needed to do something movement-wise with Terrelle to make the difference in the game, he would have and we would have, but we just didn’t see the need.
REPORTER: Do you reevaluate Brandon Saine’s role going forward given his performance the last couple weeks or so?
COACH TRESSEL: I think his performance has been solid. He’s gotten four or five touchdowns, does a good job out of the back field. He hasn’t had the running yards. I’m not sure who would have in the situations he just happened to be in, but Brandon Saine adds a dimension of speed and versatility that we have to absolutely use. So have we figured out exactly how to maximize that? Probably not. But that’s what you do during the course of a season, you know, who’s available, who’s healthy, what do they do, how can we — what’s some good match-ups, so I’m sure it will change every week.
REPORTER: Along the lines of what he’s asking, though, in the first half, it was kind of feast or famine, you had the two long runs by Terrelle Pryor, but the other two plays netted 6 yards, and you’ve got to be concerned about that inability to get four yards when you need that four or five yards.
COACH TRESSEL: Had that occurred the entire game, I’m sure that concern would be deeper. I don’t know if you’re in inferring that that’s all about Brandon Saine because that has to do a little bit with what are we asking him to do, what are we calling, how well are we blocking it, and then of course the guy with the ball in hands ultimately gets credited with the yardage or the lack thereof, but, yeah, we couldn’t have won that ball game had we not started running the ball better, especially the nature of that game. That was an old-fashioned Big Ten slugfest.
REPORTER: We talked to a couple guys after the game, they were all bummed out about the way it went in the fourth quarter, did the offensive line have a little bit of a step-back or was it because Illinois was loading up?
COACH TRESSEL: I thought the offensive line had a great challenge. It was kind of like one of those you get into a stalemate and you get into it, and you get into it, fortunately by the fourth quarter we won that stalemate. Probably didn’t win it early. Do they feel good about the fact that we didn’t win it throughout? I would hope that the competitor in all of us, we’d all like everything to work all the time, but you could see them on film. They’re a good football team. Especially in the trenches.
I thought they did a nice job of working the safeties down into the box, both run and pass, they tricked us the one time and robbed that little spot route and it was a similar coverage, though, when we threw the corner route behind it for the touchdown, but they got us the first time with it, and that also allowed them to have those extra guys in the box. That has a little bit to do with where the line goes toward where they work up the linebackers and safeties sometimes, but, no, it was — it was a reality, man, that was a tough one.
REPORTER: A lot of the offensive linemen have said they’ve done things at the line that they didn’t see coming. How do you think this line does as far as recognizing in the game and making adjustments they haven’t seen on film?
COACH TRESSEL: I think they adjust pretty well. The difficult thing you have sometimes when you’re highly prepared is if it isn’t that way, that first little while does surprise you a bit. The key is how do you deal with it down the road. If you have the same mistakes time after time or the same lack of anticipation or whatever, then you’re not going to win. I think this group, they’re a veteran group and the problem you have sometimes is that there’s one more guy there than you have guys to block, yards are going to be very difficult, there’s no question.
REPORTER: Have you seen that more than in past years?
COACH TRESSEL: No. In fact, I’d say this was more of a loaded box than we’ve had, but we haven’t been in the same weather condition either. I mean, no one was going to stand there and throw into that wind and be very successful. In fact, you were hoping people would throw a lot so there would be a lot of second and tens or third and longs, that type of thing, but, no, we’re always going to get loaded boxes until we show that we’re going to threaten them elsewhere, but sometimes the circumstances in a game or the weather condition in a game or whatever, sometimes that box gets loaded up and nothing you can do but fight for every inch and that’s why I thought our guys did a pretty good job. I think we ended up rushing for over 200, if I’m not mistaken, so if you can rush for over 200 yards, you’re going to win most games.
REPORTER: How is Jake Stoneburner coming along?
COACH TRESSEL: We find out today. That’s normally an 8- to 21-day deal. That’s my experience. This weekend would be right around that 14-, 15-day mark. He’s done everything on land linear, but now when he hits someone and has to drive off and all that, that’s what we’ll find out today and tomorrow, probably know the answer to that probably Thursday.
REPORTER: Reid Fragel seems to be stepping in and doing a nice job there, can you discuss his play?
COACH TRESSEL: Reid is young, a good, stable player. He’s got a lot of power. For a six-foot-eight guy, he’s very long, very good knee-banded for a six-foot-eight guy. He’s going to be very good. I think he hung in there. He was at the point of attack a good bit of what we were doing and I think he graded in the 80% range, which wasn’t quite a winning performance, but you certainly aren’t sitting there saying, oh, man, what are we going to do if Reid has to play, because he’s pretty good.
REPORTER: With Terrelle injured, will you do some preparations this week with the back-ups, whether it’s Joe or Kenny, do they get any more reps practice-wise or is that to be determined?
COACH TRESSEL: Probably to be determined depending on what we’re doing. For instance, we do a decent amount early and mid-week against our defense, so there does get to be some thumping and so forth, and if he’s not a hundred percent, we probably wouldn’t thump him in there against our defense, so, therefore, some guys might. If he looks like he’s 90, 100% and is dying to get in there against them, you know, sometimes telling a guy to get out is harder than it is getting them to get in, oh, no, I’m fine, I’m fine, but we’ll see.
REPORTER: Jim, this could be your 100th win, I know how much you love to reflect on things.
COACH TRESSEL: Love it. I’m a reflective guy.
REPORTER: This would put it into lead company. Is this something you would be proud of? I’ve got to try.
COACH TRESSEL: Lori do you — I don’t know, I’d rather have a sixth than a hundred. I guess you can’t have one without the other, so I guess it would be neat, but we would reflect on that for about three minutes and be getting ready for the next game, but as we’ve talked about those things before, I guess I’m getting old, if you stick around long enough, you’re going to get some of those milestones.
REPORTER: But you’re the second winningest head coach in Big Ten football after Joe Paterno.
COACH TRESSEL: The second oldest?
REPORTER: Does that mean something?
COACH TRESSEL: There’s quite a gap, I hope.
REPORTER: Age or wins?
COACH TRESSEL: Both.
REPORTER: Jim, we ask about Jordan Hall every week.
COACH TRESSEL: Yeah, love him.
REPORTER: You said you have faith in him.
COACH TRESSEL: Absolutely.
REPORTER: We haven’t really seen him at tailback.
COACH TRESSEL: That’s true.
REPORTER: I know you want to get your tough guys going and get them enough carries, how do you balance trying to divide up carries and is anything maybe going to change this week when you have capable tailbacks?
COACH TRESSEL: Well, let’s go back to, let’s say three weeks ago. We’ve got a lot of receivers we like to get the football to. We’ve got a quarterback we’d like to run seven to 10 times, and a couple tailbacks who we think are very good. So there just aren’t that many balls left and I guess we could take all those balls this season that we’ve thrown to tight ends and give them to Jordan, then we’d be having the opposite discussion. Are you ever going to — could it change this week that we’re going to give the tight end the ball?
I have one million percent faith in Jordan Hall. He’s going to make a difference this season, he already has. Gosh, his punt and kickoff returns. He is a good runner. I wish we had more balls. That sounds terrible. Man, I am getting old. But you know what I’m saying. I wish we had more carries available, but you’re going to see Jordan Hall.
REPORTER: Is there part of it, do you — is there something to getting a tailback going and you want to get guys some carries, so I guess you — is there a negative to dividing it up?
COACH TRESSEL: You know, there can be. Just like, you were at the game, you could feel that Boom was getting a little — he was just getting a little momentum going and a little energy and electricity and the whole group, and that would be hard, it would be hard to say, Boom, good job, but Jordan really needs to have some at this moment in this particular game, and we try our best to rotate in there and — but I’m with you, I’m a Jordan Hall fan and he’s going to make a difference before this year’s up.
REPORTER: The tailbacks, classic-wise, seem to need to have 10 or 15 carries before they sometimes really get a feel for things. Do you subscribe to that theory at all?
COACH TRESSEL: Not really. We need to get a feel for things when we come out of the locker room. There’s no series to waste getting a feel. The games are just too competitive. I mean, you can find yourself behind by two touchdowns if you’re trying to — I guess the same would be, well, your quarterback needs to throw a bunch more to get a feel. Well, shoot, it’s 14-0 and we’re getting a feel. So I really don’t subscribe to that. I don’t disagree, though, that if I were a back that, oh, yeah, now I see how they’re playing and now I know where I need to cut.
REPORTER: It did seem to benefit Boom, though, in the fourth quarter.
COACH TRESSEL: Oh, yeah, no question. But we’re sitting there having the discussion and, hallelujah, we’re healthy there. We’ve had a lot of questions in this room about why did Craig Krenzel get hit in the head so many times running the ball. Well, we’ve only got one other tailback and he had to run it. It’s a good discussion. It’s a good problem. I love the fact that Jordan Hall is on our team.
REPORTER: It’s only natural that fans look at the ranked teams and they look ahead to the Wisconsin game because that’s going to be a challenge to you. Is there any danger that players are looking at Wisconsin and secondly for the fans, they kind of look at Indiana the way they’ve been a few years as a nonchallenger in the Big Ten, is this typical or is there something different about this team?
COACH TRESSEL: I think the biggest thing that jumps out on you, you don’t even have to watch any films is to see the numbers they’ve been putting up offensively and they’re very capable of outscoring you and I think they are probably, scheme-wise, a little similar to what they’ve done. They haven’t made an overhaul of what they do. Defensively, scheme-wise, they’re pretty much the same, the same type coverage and so forth, a little bit younger, they had those two defensive ends that were stalwarts for a couple years, that I think are both in the NFL right now, so they’re a little bit younger on the edges, but they don’t seem to have changed their philosophy that when he came and then Bill took over, and they’re sitting there at 3-1 and feel as if they should be 4-0 and can’t wait for the next time out. They’ve got good leadership. They’ve got good older guys especially over on that offensive side.
REPORTER: Does it help knowing they’re going to throw the ball two/thirds of the time and when they’re not, they’re not particularly good at running it?
COACH TRESSEL: They’re probably going to be okay at running it simply because you have to give so much attention to the fact that they throw it so well and so often, so I don’t know how many yards they’re interested in running for, but if all of a sudden they see you in a situation where you’re ignoring a run, they won’t mind beating you with a run and that back’s a good one. So you can’t go out — you can look at statistics and say, well, then ignore the run, you can’t go out and put a defense — you can go triple team everybody and leave the ball on the line of scrimmage, they’re going to run, so you have to be prepared for both and the guys up front on defense, while they know they’re going to be needing a lot of rest this week because they’re going to be rushing the passer a bunch, they also know that with that goes the perils of draws and screens and zone read things they do, they run that pistol and they bend it back a little bit, so you have to be run sound. I’ll say this. If Indiana runs extremely well against us, life is going to be real hard because you know they’re going to throw well, so we’ve got to stop the run first no matter how little they run.
REPORTER: What have you seen in your tape study that would allow them to keep almost 42 minutes of possession against Michigan?
COACH TRESSEL: Well, probably the biggest thing against Michigan was Michigan had about three one- or two-play drives, and all of a sudden get the ball back more quickly, but they’re efficient. The quarterback doesn’t make many mistakes. He drops it off, they do a little bit of this, a little bit of that. They don’t sound like they throw deep balls every play, although the only way you’re going to have a chance to beat them is make sure they don’t throw over top of you because if they get the bonus of hitting some homeruns along with their control, but I think their efficiency is what allowed them to do that and the fact that there were some — I think Michigan only had like 50 plays and still had — there were 1142 yards in that game, so that’s part of it.
REPORTER: Jim, you got to watch the defensive tape for Indiana obviously from that game, what’s your impression of Denard Robinson at this point?
COACH TRESSEL: He’s a good player. If he gets a sliver, he’s gone. He’s got great quickness and because he rushed for so many yards leading up to that game they were so loaded with folks making sure that they had an eye on him that people — they got people behind him. And I’m sure if they went back and had to redo that one, they would have stayed a little bit back and given him his 10-yard gains and not let a couple of those — they had like a 70-yarder because they were — and you do. That’s tough duty he’s a good player and he can change the field real fast.
REPORTER: A lot of us got emails the last couple days from the Attorney General’s office bringing up the idea of sports agents again.
COACH TRESSEL: I got the same one.
REPORTER: And I’m just curious if there’s been any update.
COACH TRESSEL: I think Holly had all your emails, though, isn’t she a former media person?
REPORTER: I’m just curious if you had any update. I know you had the discussion earlier in the season with Coach Sabin. Has there been any movement, any progress in what could be done?
COACH TRESSEL: They had a big pow-wow on, I think, the 14th of September with the NFLPA, Rodger Goodell, AFCA, Grant Taft, some current agents. Big group. There were no coaches there because Grant represented us, we were all busy on September 14th, but the report that we as an AFCA board got back from that was that there was good, healthy discussion and that there seems to be a real willingness for the NFLPA, NFL office to try to help our dilemma, because unfortunately our world has been when a kid makes a mistake and he’s given poor advice by someone who doesn’t have his best interest, most of the penalty has gone to the school and not to the kid, not to the agent, not to the NFL, not to the NFLPA. And a lot of innocent people are being punished for the acts of a few.
And so we’re trying to create some ways and there are some ideas out there. When you get that many organizations together who have needs of their own, I don’t want to say agendas, but realities of their own, and not to mention the timing is tough because the NFL and the NFLPA have other discussions, I think, that are front and center, but it seemed to be a good step, and I think there were a couple state attorney generals, not Ohio, but I think Texas and somebody else had a state attorney general there too to talk about how can the state attorney generals help in this, so it won’t be as quick a fix as any of us would like, but I think it’s real.
And I think the fact that it’s in the news, it’s a good thing because now student athletes have seen a whole bunch of suspensions and so forth this year and now they’re seeing it talked about as we’ve got to find a cure for this. You’d hope that that visibility that this subject has will be healthy.
REPORTER: Have you spoken with Cordray and those guys about the crackdown?
COACH TRESSEL: You know, I haven’t.
REPORTER: Would you like to have a discussion like that eventually?
COACH TRESSEL: Maybe eventually, probably not this week. But I think that group has got to be a part of it. But I think Ohio has, for quite some time, I remember being in a meeting early on with Andy Geiger and the state attorney general’s office talking about the fact that you have to be registered in Ohio, which is not the case in every state, but I think more states are getting that way and if you’re an agent that’s not registered in Ohio and you are breaking the rules, talking to a student athlete before it’s allowable, that that’s actually a crime as opposed to breaking an NCAA rule.
REPORTER: Have you seen it to have an effect, though, since that initial meeting?
COACH TRESSEL: Since the September 14 or — since way back?
REPORTER: Yeah, since way back.
COACH TRESSEL: You know, like anything else, I think you get some things on the books and then you’d hope that common sense would reign, but it doesn’t, and abuse brings control, so hopefully there will be a day where every state has those laws, the NFLPA is on board with us as to we’ve got to make sure that the NFL player has got some sanctions. There have been some players that have been ineligible in the NCAA and then there’s been no effect on their draft status, no effect on roster status, no effect on making money in the NFL, so really, what did they lose? They lost their college eligibility, which hurt their college, you know, maybe more than it hurt them. We’ll get there, I think, but it’s hard to legislate morality and that’s — we’re working on — our NCAA book is that thick and just like our laws in the country are that thick but we’ll keep working on it. Back to Indiana. Thanks for bringing that up, Jerrod, I was prepared. Shelly handed it to me as I walked in.
REPORTER: Do you think there’s any danger that players, like fans, might look ahead to Wisconsin?
COACH TRESSEL: No. I think the fact that we played a Big Ten game and our guys see the difference between the nonconference and the Big Ten, just the mentality of the whole thing, which was great for us. We survived it. We didn’t play our best. We didn’t play our worst. We didn’t play our best and our guys would like to get to the point where we play our best, so I think they’ll be ready to go.
REPORTER: A number of your players throughout the year talk about the Jake enhancing the offense and you guys could do more things with him at wide receiver. If you don’t have him, it seems more of a traditional — how does that change your offense?
COACH TRESSEL: You know, I would say this, from a blocking standpoint, I think we’d be fine. From a linear route running standpoint, we’d be fine. I don’t know if some of the movement things and working around defenders in experience of reading coverage and all that, Reid’s got a little ways to go, but from a pure linear standpoint and target and everything else, he’ll be fine. We probably won’t split him out a whole bunch, where we’re not afraid to do that with Jake because he’s had experience out there, but Reid’s been fine. Would I like to have them both back? Absolutely. All right, Natalie?
REPORTER: Just want to ask about award performances after Illinois.
COACH TRESSEL: We had three winning performances on defense and two on offense. Ben Buchanan was our special units player. Boom Herron was our offensive player of the week, and Brian Rolle was defensive. Our Jim Parker offensive lineman of the week was a little unusual, it was Zach Boren, because he was kind of rammed up in there quite often and did a very good job, graded a winning performance.
Our attack force player was Cameron Heyward who was a guy that, he just keeps coming and he’s a great player, but we probably didn’t have as many winning performances and as many outstanding performances as perhaps we do in a decisive victory, but that was a tough one, that was a battle and I’m sure they had a few winning performances too, so it was that kind of game. Lori?
REPORTER: When you have to replace a player in game and it’s unrelated to injury, what are the logistics of that? Are you depending on someone upstairs to tell you, hey, this guy is struggling, does the position coach have a lot of feedback? Just how does that work?
COACH TRESSEL: Yeah, the best view is upstairs. If you’re a position coach downstairs, you try to position yourself so that you can watch your position and if it’s a defensive thing, for instance, and they gash us for a play, so and so is not handling the B gap, you’ve got to talk to them about handling the B gap, widen your linemen or we’ve got to replace them, so it’s probably an exchange between folks upstairs, if they happen to be the position coach, they may say, get so and so out of there, he’s hurting us right now. There are some other positions where there’s a natural rotation that you begin a game rotating a little bit like Boom and Zoom, you begin a game rotating a little bit, then you say, okay, what’s the game call for? And we’re going to get Doug on the phones and he’s going to be whispering about Jordan when we’re having that discussion.
So you have natural discussions that way, but those are the ones you don’t like, say so and so is not doing the job because chances are so and so got all the reps. It’s a little different when Christian got thrown in the game, he had second team reps which might be a third, maybe 40% of the reps, but that’s what you have to do. And the other guys were coaching him up. And I think maybe you’re a little less nervous at that point as a player.
Christian might be more nervous this week that he’s out there saying, oh, look at all these balls are willing by my ear and so forth. But he’s a competitor and he’ll be fine and we’ll get ready.