Oregon Football

Mario Cristobal Monday Press Conference

November 25, 2019
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As we put the finishing touches on a tough weekend, Mario Cristobal met with media on Monday. 

Obvious questions about what happened in Tempe and how Oregon recovers from the loss. Up next is the pac-12 season finale with Oregon State in Eugene.

The Ducks had a few injuries to Jake Hanson and CJ Verdell. Mario Cristobal updated the media on those injuries and more in Monday’s session.

You can read the main highlights below or watch the video linked at the bottom.


Opening Statement:

“Tough loss for us on the road. Proud of just the effort to keep us in the game. The ability to stay in the fight and give us a chance to win there at the end of the game. Back to work, we have a lot of good leaders. We have 26 seniors I believe with their chance to play their final game at Autzen this Saturday.”

Injury Front:

“Jaylon Redd is healing up really well. Feel the same way about Jake Hanson. Haki was banged up last week, he did not make the trip. Steven Jones if the opportunity comes up and he needs to play he’ll be ready to play. CJ’s going to be fine as well. He got a little bit dinged up but we feel he’s going to be alright.”

On ‘Distractions’:

“I think you spend the entire season on guard against any distraction. I think the fight against human nature is tireless. It’s endless. This is such a huge rivalry, the fact Oregon State is a really good football team. This is everything you would want especially for your last home game. I think our guys will be dialed and focused.”

On Oregon State:

“They’ve always been a team that has talent. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jonathan Smith. He’s an excellent football mind. I can’t say enough about their defense. Really impressive with the type of energy they’re playing with. They’ve been very disruptive and opportunistic. It’s going to be a tremendous atmosphere and we’re looking forward to Saturday.”

On the mood after the loss:

“We’re continuing to elevate our own expectations for ourselves. After a game like that you’re not going to be happy, you’re going to be down. It should be that way. That’s as quiet as a plane ride as I’ve ever been on. And not by a little. You know what it should be that way. If it wasn’t that way I’d be disappointed and I’d say we got the wrong guys.”

On the Defensive Backs:

“They made some really big plays. And it’s very correctable. It’s a tremendous learning lesson. There’s a lot of pride in our group. We take it as we have to prepare our guys that much better. We feel really confident in our guys back there and that we can correct those things.”

On Seniors Departing:

“No doubt. We view this all as our program. Anyone that touches this program will be a part of this family. Too many people say I and my and that kind of stuff. It is hard. You only have a certain amount of snaps in your career.”

On Herbert Running:

“It’s no secret that we’re not a QB run-driven offense. Also a pretty big reason he’s been upright for 11 games too. He does have the green light to run. We trust him 100-percent to make whatever decision necessary.”

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