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Oregon Players Postgame Presser

January 2, 2021

After suffering a 34-17 loss 5 different players spoke to the media following the conclusion of the game.

Here are the highlights from their pressers. The full videos are linked below.

Verone Mckinley:

On time of possession:

It's always difficult. We want to get off the field, especially on those third downs. We didn't get off the field as much. so It's always tough. They did a great job of really keeping us on our toes and keeping the ball. It was long drives and they did a good job.

On halftime adjustments: 

We made a couple of adjustments and then just understanding that we needed to get off blocks, set edges and tackle. So that really was just the thing. It's about mindset, and we knew what we were getting ourselves into and what type of a game it was going to be. It was going to be a four-quarter game. So we just came out in the second half and made our adjustments and just buckled down.

On special teams:

Man, you just got to bounce back. We can't really dwell on it. That was the main thing. It was always about respond, respond, respond, and get back to zero. It's just another drive, we've got to go back. Whatever it is, it's football. Sometimes bad things happen. So you've just got to be prepared for it. And that's something that -- it wasn't in our favor today, but as a defense, we've got to go back and lock back in.

On Cristobals message post game:

Of course, it was a good football team. Some things we could have done better coaching-wise, player-wise. But then just looking forward to next year, we have a really good team, we have a lot of guys coming back and we've started to build a culture here that means something. And we know games like this are the games you want to be in and we, of course, want to win these games. So just looking forward to back to a fourth-quarter program, getting back to the basics and the fundamentals of things and using this as something we can use in the future, just as basically fuel for the next year and just to keep going and keep getting better.

On if they got worn out as the game went on:

We played well in the second half. I don't think we got worn down, but it was long possessions, and just looking for the call, waiting, they did a good job. They kind of take their time, shift the tight ends, motion here, relooks. So that's the main thing. But I would say we had that second wind, a bunch of guys got a second wind. I thought we played better in the second half, so.

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Kayvon Thibodeaux:

On if time of possession wore the defense down:

I don't know if you would necessarily say wear on us, but there were some plays we left out there that we should have stopped. You know, if you start off and you win the first down, it will be easy to win the next two. But early on, we kind of lost some of the early plays, so they kind of got in a rhythm before we did.

On why it was difficult to get the Iowa State offense out of rhythm:

I don't know. I couldn't really tell you. Their coach has really good scheme. They're well coached, and they just executed. That's the bottom line of it.

On how this game motivates the team moving forward:

Just puts more fuel to the fire. Lot of guys going to go home and take a rest, but when we come back, it's back to the grind.

On the offseason:

Every offseason training is big for the season. So that's probably one of the most important things.

On slowing the run game down:

If you look at the stats and what we did, I feel like we did pretty well. I don't really focus much on who we're playing against. All I seen was a black jersey. I don't really know what his name is. Not saying that he isn't a great back, but we just kind of like to focus on us and look at the things we did wrong and how we can correct those.

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Jordon Scott:

On recording his first sack since his freshman season:

It was pretty exciting, but we didn't get the result we wanted but whatever. I'm happy I got a sack, though.

On reflecting on his career at Oregon:

Oh, man, it seems like it was just yesterday when I got there, you know. No visit, no nothing. Just pulled up. So I feel like I'm pretty happy with my decision and I'm glad I went to Oregon. One of my favorite memories probably would be beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. That's my favorite memory.

On what’s next for him:

I'm going to go back to Florida with my family, celebrate our little New Year's, celebrate Christmas with my family, and then from there, probably two or three days, pick an agent and then from there find out where I'll be training in and all the logistics of that type stuff.

On the overall performance tonight:

I think our overall performance, man, we were just kind of flat as a team. We started getting stops later in the game, but you can't start flat against a team with their -- they're a good team. Can't start flat. And the way we finished wasn't -- so I just think the next season and this offseason for Oregon, I know those guys will be working hard and next season they'll come out and prove what type of team they are and how they want to finish their season.

On struggling to stop them on 3rd and 4th down:

You know, man, Iowa State does a lot of things, motions and stuff like that, and we knew all week, two weeks performing for them that's their X factor in the offenses, all the motions and moving guys around. And they caught us. We give them all the credit for that.

On how difficult this past year was:

2020 was a very hard year for me. I lost my grandma early in the year. I lost my auntie later in the year. My family had a little COVID situation and that was stressing me a little bit. But football kind of allowed me to take my mind off those things and just focus on what I love to do. And I'm just happy we got to play some games. We didn't get a full season in but we made the most of it. Still had a chance, though.

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Mycah Pittman:

On if switching quarterbacks during the game makes it difficult for the wide receivers:

Honestly, I don't think it affects any type of chemistry. Coach [Mario Cristobal] has obviously prepared us and allowed us to be ready for any type of thing that's going on. I love both the quarterbacks, like I said. I have great chemistry with the both of them. And I know it's always a competition, and at the end of the day, we can pull off the win, and that's really all that matters to me right now.

On if with the limited offensive snaps it felt like he had to do more every play:

No, not really. It's just Iowa State, when they got up, they played very conservative and they ran the ball a lot. At the end of the day, that's good coaching on their end. And it's very frustrating to be on the offensive side, see them run out a whole quarter. And it was really -- it is what it is, man. And at the end of the day, they coached very well and they were prepared for us. And we just had turnovers where I feel like it really could have changed the way we really could have came out with that win. But at the end of the day, I'm grateful to be here and I'm blessed to even have the opportunity to speak to you guys.

On having offensive success in the 1st half to not having success in the 2nd half:

Well, I don't really know. I can't really answer that. I feel like we just had designed play calls that were either runs and RPOs, and that's really what our offensive style is. So when the quarterback reads a blitz and safety, then he throws the ball if the safety is not -- it's a whole complicated thing. But at the end of the day, we just ran the ball a little bit more because we felt that was right at that time. And at the end of the day, we stabbed ourselves in the foot a couple of times. So that's all I can really say about that.

On how the experiences in 2020 will help the team in 2021:

I think, honestly, guys are hungry. I can see at the end of this whole game, guys want so much more than just another Pac-12 Championship. I'm just super fired up. We got a lot of experience coming back. We've got very talented freshmen that were unable to play due to injuries and stuff like that. So I'm really excited to see a healthy Oregon and a team that's really fired up and pretty much pissed off about everything that's kind of transpired this whole year. So I'm just very excited to see how everyone handles and how we all come back and come to a team and just be winners basically. I'm really excited for that.

On how difficult this past season was:

It's very difficult. I mean, at any given time, you never know if you're going to play or not play. I mean, this whole 2020 year, now we're in 2021, thank God, but the whole 2020 year is kind of up and down. You never know who's going to be in, who's going to be out. So I mean, I'm just -- like I said, it's a year of very unfortunate things. And at the end of the day, 2020 has taught me a lot. Not everything is going to go your way. So just -- honestly, just understanding how to handle your frustrations is what I've been taught.

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Tyler Shough:

On if he was put in a position to succeed:

I can't answer that question. I just -- trying to control what I can control. Whenever I'm in the games, do my best.

On if he was dissapointed in not playing the full game:

Yeah, of course I'm disappointed. We lost the game. You're always going to be disappointed when you lose and especially when you come back home. A lot of people came out to watch. I'm definitely sorry for them. But it is what it is when you lose a football game.

On his thought process when Brown and him were splitting snaps:

I'm just trying to control what I can. Essentially trying to control what I can control. Just know that when I'm in the game, I'll do the best I can to put the team in the best position to win. It's not up to me who plays but I can just control what I can control and work my best.

On if it’s drive to drive they’re telling him who’s going to play or if it’s known pregame:

It was mainly drive to drive. We had somewhat of an idea just because we were splitting reps a little bit to create some competition and get some different looks. But wasn't sure what was going to happen. Obviously didn't know what was going to happen but just did the best with what I could.

On his mindset heading into the offseason:

I'd say it's the same as every offseason. I've got to keep getting better. There's a whole lot to learn from them, from this year.

There's a lot of good stuff that we put on today. There's a whole category that we haven't tapped into as far as myself, me personally, I know what it takes now to get to that next level. I've kind of got my feet wet, as you say, and this team is hungry for more. I'm hungrier than ever. This is only going to motivate me to be better.

On playing in his hometown:

It means everything. Just the opportunity is such a blessing to come down here, play in front of your family. The result is not what we wanted. Definitely hurts a lot. But appreciate you, Greg, and definitely what we work for and still have to get better.

On if he’s committed to sticking with the program:

Of course. I'm going to take what's right in front of me and keep working hard. There's obviously no decision that's being made. I'm going to control what I can control and work hard the entire offseason. I'm going to keep proving myself. It seems like a lot of people are going to keep doubting me, and I'm going to keep showing them what I can do and keep proving myself right, because I know my abilities and I know I can help and do for this team. I think that it is going to show, and I know it will show.

On how important this offseason is:

t's going to be everything. I'm going to completely invest myself into this offseason as far as mental, physical, and spiritual. Because like I said before, I know what it takes and I know how much farther I have to go, and how we have to go as a team. So it's only beginning, for sure.

On if he said anything to Brock Purdy:

Of course. I told him he played a heck of a game and they executed well on all sides of the ball. I told him I would see him soon in the off-season. We always train. He's a great dude and he has a great family.

On if he’s been part of a program with a platooning quarterback system:

Yeah, because it goes back to high school. I'm no stranger to competing for my job and competing for the team, the team's best interests. Whatever it is, I'm going to answer the call. Obviously, you can make a lot of excuses -- you're not warm, you haven't thrown in a while, it is hard to get into rhythm. But ultimately at the end of the day, when I'm in the game, I'm going to do the best I can to put our team in the best position to win the game. So I know what it takes now, and it is only going to keep getting better.

On if Iowa State did something different in the 2nd half:

No. They played exactly how we expected them to play it. We just didn't execute well and that's what it comes down to.

On Johnny Johnson:

He's probably had the greatest impact on me as far as anybody on this team because of our individual relationship and our work ethic together. The amount of hours we put in this the offseason together after practice, grinding through reps in the film room. He's taught me what it is to be a true pro. I'm extremely thankful to him and I know whatever decision he's going to make will be the best for him and I'm really proud of him.

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