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November 18, 2013

Hawk Talk Recap

The second to lastHawk Talk of the season was held on Monday with Charlie Weis and Bob Davis. Here are some of the highlights.

Weis on the win against West Virginia …

The good part of it was you didn't have to sweat it out at the end of the game. It was okay, lets run this clock out and get it over with. We physically won the game on the line of scrimmage on both sides. The best part and I am not a big happy go lucky guy but to stand back and watch the players intertwine with the student body and see all the smiling faces, that was really uplifting.

Weis on the fans rushing the field …

I tried to stay out of it but we always go over with the students to sing the alma mater and I kind of figured that wasn't going to happen. I was trying to get with the guys to make sure they had their helmets off before the band started playing the alma mater. I found myself in the middle of the pack which might have been a big mistake.

Weis on giving up the first touchdown …

First, after giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown the previous week. Now we win the toss and kick it out of the endzone and I think we are moving in the right direction. Five plays later they score and I am thinking, "Can we start any worse than this?" Fortunately for us we answered right back and everything got settled. Then it was back and forth until we took the lead.

Weis on the KU's offensive game plan against West Virginia …

Our plan was to run it a whole bunch. I saw Carl Peterson before the game and we said hello. He asked me what was going on today and I told him we were going to run it 50 times and I don't know what the stats were but we had to run it over 50 times.

Some of our best drives we ended up not getting points. We had a couple of drives in the 3rd quarter where we ended up driving it and coming up empty. I think that we controlled the clock and the defense after that first drive.

Weis on scrimmaging another school during the preseason if the NCAA rules allowed it …

I think that would be great. I think that if you could scrimmage against somebody geographically. I think it would be great to scrimmage against Missouri at Arrowhead and raise money for charity and give it away to everybody. I think that would be great.

Weis on the offensive line's play against West Virginia …

As a lineman it is great when you can line up and tee off on people. The game we were playing we threw 12 passes in the game. We were going to keep on running it. Fortunately we made enough plays to move the ball. To be honest with you the linemen got better as the game went on. That's not always the case but they got in a groove.

Weis on the emergence of offensive guard Damon Martin …

He is very strong. He is one of the strongest guys we have. I get on him all the time about having an inconsistent motor but lately he has gotten better and better. He started rotating in at left guard and right guard. We put him in there to see what it looked like and it has looked pretty good.

Weis on offensive guard Ngalu Fusimalohi's play this season …

He has been our most consistent player all year. He is a big, physical guy. He is a tough guy. The best part is I love dealing with Polynesian players because they fit into stereotype that is a very positive stereotype. They are all blue collar tough guys, and Ngalu fits that type. He makes the Polynesian community very proud.

Weis on Gavid Howard's leadership at the center position …

They have kind of rallied around him some which has been nice. Gavin is a real smart guy and has been here a long time. He likes to talk a lot of trash on the field, and usually when you are losing you aren't talking very much trash. I think the guys around him like the fact that he is spear heading the charge if you know what I am saying.

Weis on the development of Montell Cozart …

This development has been going on since we got his feet wet against Oklahoma. We had a plan. A lot of times the fans don't exactly know what the plan is. You have to have a plan when you have a freshman and see what you got. First it was nine plays, then 20 plays, then 40 plays. All but 19 plays in the next game, then it was all of them. He knew by Sunday night that he was going to be ready to go. He was more nervous at the beginning of the week then by the time we played the game.

Weis on recruiting athletic quarterbacks …

Everytime you recruit an athletic kid at quarterback people think you are going to move him to wide receiver. I let [Montell] know that he is a quarterback and not a wide receiver. Fortunately it looks like he is going to be a good one.

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