A happy but not satisfied Jimmy Lake addressed the media Monday during his weekly press conference. Happy because his team is 1-0 in conference play with an overall record of 2-2. Not satisfied because Lake’s expectations for his team to win the Conference are still ahead with continual improvement needed every week.
“Good morning. Well first off, again, just extremely proud of our team. They showed a lot of grit, a lot of perseverance. The things we talk about all the time, this beautiful game of football teaches you so much. It was really rewarding to watch our guy’s grind through a tough game and be able to pull out the victory there at the very end. There were a lot of really exceptional performances in all three phases. And yet, as we watched the film, there’s still a ton to clean up.
There’s still a lot of room for growth, a lot of room for development and improvement. That’s what we did yesterday: we went right back to work. Our guys came out to practice and they’re ready to get better. I love the work ethic of this team, and we’re excited to see us come out tomorrow on our Tuesday practice and see how much better we can get. With that, I’ll take questions.”
On what stood out as far as what needs to be cleaned up:
“What stood out the most? It just comes down to execution against a team that’s also really well coached with really good players who also are trying to compete and win the football game as well. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to our opponent. They did a really nice job of executing things against our offense and our defense and our special teams. But it’s just cleaning up those little details that can push us over the top and making sure we’re winning those battles in all three phases.”
PRAISE FOR DEFENSE AND MISHAEL POWELL
During the press conference, Lake made a point to praise the play of tight end Devin Culp and cornerback Mishael Powell. Both players were given their first Husky starting assignments on Saturday against the Cal Bears. Culp filling in for Cade Otton who was in COVID protocol hauled in five receptions for 81 yards. Powell redshirt freshman walk-on from Odea High School had no problem filling in the big shoes of the injured Trent McDuffie. Powell finished the game with six tackles three of which were solo. While neither player played a perfect game their individual contributions played an integral part in the Huskies winning the game.
A TOUGH OREGON STATE TEAM
After two home games, the Huskies will head South on I-5 to Corvallis and take on a red-hot Oregon State Beavers (3-1, 1-0 ) who is playing its best football anyone can remember.
Oregon State’s offense leads the Pac-12 with a total average of 473.3 yards per game. The Beaver’s 225 rushing yards per game is tops in the Conference 17th nationally. Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week B.J. Baylor is the lynchpin of the Beaver’s highly efficient running game. Lake was asked about Baylor’s effectiveness.
“Well first, what makes him effective is their scheme and their offensive line is blocking really well. They look all in tune. (Offensive line) Coach (Jim) Michalczik who I know he does a fantastic job. And then getting to their runner, I mean he runs hard. He runs hard ,he sees the hole and goes. He played against us last year, but of course Jefferson was the starter. Now he seems bigger. He’s getting more reps with the scheme and the offensive line is really gelling well together. So, this will be another game we have to stop the run, or they’ll just keep handing it off. “