Day Two at Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Dec. 30, 2009


PHOENIX, Ariz. - Wednesday marked TCU's first full day in Arizona as preparations continued for Monday's 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Horned Frog co-offensive coordinators Jarrett Anderson and Justin Fuente, along with quarterback Andy Dalton, offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse,tailback Joseph Turner and wide receiver Jimmy Young began the day by participating in a news conference.

TCU held its first practice in the Valley of the Sun, with a 90-minute afternoon workout at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix.

The Fairmont Scottsdale, the Horned Frogs' headquarters, then hosted a dinner for the players and student support staff.

Below are quotes from Wednesday's news conference.

TCU QB Andy Dalton
On the season...
To go through the whole season healthy has been a blessing. Just to see all of the athletes we have on this team, a bunch of different talent, it's been a fun and exciting year.

On the offense this fall...
Starting this spring, we changed things up a little bit to be more efficient in the passing game. That work in the summer carried into the season. I think we did a pretty good job of it. I think this offense has become really balanced.

About the team's newfound respect after being invited to a BCS bowl...
It's kind of cool to get the recognition. Just to see the way that the Fort Worth area and the city has changed and bought into TCU. You see a lot of people wearing purple now. It's been exciting to see everybody buying into TCU.

On Boise State...
This is going to be a big game for both of us. I'm sure both of our goals going into the season were to get to a BCS game. Now we're here. We have two non-automatic qualifying teams that are both undefeated, it's going to be a lot of fun.

TCU OT Marshall Newhouse
On the Boise State defense...
They're relentless. They play hard. They play physical. They're definitely tough guys. We know we're going to have our hands full.

On playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl...
It's exciting. When we first got here I just kind of had to sit down because I was trying to take it all in at once. It was kind of overwhelming. It's been a blast so far. There's a lot of great stuff to come. I feel blessed and very fortunate to be here. So do the rest of my teammates.

TCU WR Jimmy Young
On playing Boise State for a second-consecutive season...
It feels different because it is the Fiesta Bowl. That's the first difference. There's a lot of hype behind it. It's more important than it was last year. Those are the main differences. It's like a regular game. You have to come out and approach it like a regular game. If you come out and execute we have a good chance of coming out with a win.

About the difference in the offense this fall...
This year we have incorporated a lot more receivers than we did a year ago. We have seven different good receivers. That right there is what I believe is the key to our success on offense this year. We have a very efficient quarterback who distributes the ball well. I feel like we execute better this year.

Οn Andy Dalton this fall...
Everything that he does like his footwork to his leadership has increased greatly over the past year. That is something we needed as far as quarterback play. We're a good cohesive unit.

TCU RB Joseph Turner
About the youth amongst the tailbacks...
I told myself at the beginning of the season that I would be the leader of this group. I wasn't going to let them come in and not work hard because that is not what TCU football is about, especially at the running back position. I tell them every game during pre-game that it's a great honor to be a TCU running back. If you're going to be a running back, you're going to act like a running back. You're going to work hard everyday. You're going to do your job. That's what it is if you are going to play running back at this school, it's hard work. It's not going to be an easy ride. It hasn't been easy for me working through injuries and everything. So we have to work hard everyday.

On playing Boise State for a second-straight year...
I know it's going to be an even better game this year. There is going to be some hard-nose football. There will be some ups and downs. They're not going to step down. We're not going to step down. I think it is going to be a fight to the end. It's just like it was last year, but I think it's going to be an even tougher game for both teams. They're defense is better and our defense is better. They're offense is better. Our offense is better. They play hard on special teams and we play hard on special teams. It's just going to be a dogfight between both teams. You can't back down from it though.

On being undefeated coming into the game...
That's a big factor. That's motivation to practice hard everyday. We're going to try to beat an undefeated team, so hopefully we go undefeated and win this game. Hopefully, we can get that shared national championship.

TCU Co-Offensive Coordinator Justin Fuente
On Andy Dalton's maturation as a quarterback...
If we run 80 plays, there are going to be a couple times where we put Andy in a good situation where he needs to make a play. And there are going to be some times where we put him in a bad situation and he has to make sure that it is not a game-changing play for us. I think through time and through reps, you see him doing a better job of handling those situations.

On Andy Dalton's understanding of the offense...
His knowledge base is so high that he, Coach Anderson and I have a lot of trust in his understanding in what we are trying to accomplish. He has great understanding of what a given play is versus a given defense and trying to accomplish it. When you reach that understanding and trust level like we are talking about, it just goes through the roof and you can talk to him like you would another coach, not as if he was a player.

TCU Co-Offensive Coordinator Jarrett Anderson
On the Boise State defense overall...
At the SMU game, there was a half where we turned the ball over. Boise causes a lot of turnovers. That's what we try to tell our kids that we have to be able to control the football. We can't just turn it over. We had two possessions in-a-row in the SMU game where we had two three-and-outs. It is just one of those things where you can put yourself in a bind offensively and stress your defense. You can't do those things and be able to win football games.

On the Boise State defensive line...
I think they are a more physical group up front. Billy Winn was playing defensive end last year and now they've moved him to defensive tackle, which has given them more athleticism inside. I think their front four is comparable to some of the teams we've played. We went down to Clemson and played them. This is going to be a defensive line that is in that category.

On the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl...
I think both of these teams will be well motivated. I think Boise State will be trying to prove to everybody that they belong and we will be doing the same. I think our kids are looking forward to it.



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