Player Analysis: Wisconsin
 
 
 
Larry Caper scored two touchdowns at Notre Dame.
 
Larry Caper scored two touchdowns at Notre Dame.
 
 

Sept. 23, 2009

Player Interviews

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Members of the Michigan State football team met with the media after Tuesday's practice to talk about this week's Big Ten opener at Wisconsin. The Spartans and Badgers will meet Saturday at 12 p.m. in Camp Randall Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Junior linebacker Greg Jones

On how the defense will improve this week for the Wisconsin game...
All we have to do it remain confident, stay together and get our chemistry back up. A lot of guys' confidence got a little bruised last week. But that is the best thing about us, we are a team and we are going to stay together through the tough times.

On what starting the Big Ten Conference means to him...
Everybody is 0-0, and that is the advantage we have. We are looking forward to it and just taking it one step at a time.

On what it is like to play such a physical team like the Badgers...
We are very similar teams. There are a lot of tough guys in the front and a lot of hard-nosed guys in the back end just going at it. It is going to be a physical game all four quarters, but that is the way it is going to be.

Senior wide receiver Blair White

On moving on from the Notre Dame game...
I think we have moved on, now we are just focused on Wisconsin. It is disappointing going 1-2 in the first three games, but we'll use that to propel ourselves to start the Big Ten.

On being able to clean the slate going into the Big Ten Conference...
It is nice, because most teams don't have that luxury of saying that they are 1-2 but can still go to the Rose Bowl. It is refreshing knowing that we can still attain our number one goal, which is to go to the Rose Bowl.

On being motivated by almost being 3-0...
Yeah, it's just a few plays here and there. Whether it is making a catch as a receiver or making plays all around. There are a lot of little things that if we do, we are a 3-0 football team.

Freshman running back Larry Caper

On what the offense needs to do to get the ground game where they want it to be...
We just need to pick up from where we left off. We played a good game down at Notre Dame, but now we just need to make sure we are prepared for Wisconsin.

On how physical Wisconsin's defense is...
Our coaches don't need to tell us, we can see how physical they are on film. We are watching the film and getting prepared. We will be physical too.

On getting into a rhythm of the offense...
I'm definitely getting into a rhythm because everything was laid out in training camp. I'm just going to pick up from where I left off, know my assignment and just let my skills go to work.

Sophomore quarterback Kirk Cousins

On the possibility of still going to the Rose Bowl...
We still can go to the Rose Bowl, and we can still go win the Big Ten, but that's not an easy thing and a long ways down the road. We just take it one day at a time, and one week at a time. Who knows what can happen down the stretch. You know, we have our hands full with Wisconsin this week and we had to prepare today and just keep preparing all the way until Saturday. We are excited to be able to wipe the slate clean and we understand that we are close to being a 3-0 football team. So, there is still a lot of belief around here that there is a lot of talent, we aren't panicking at all. We'll just keep pushing and bring our all everyday, and I think we will have a good chance on Saturday.

Freshman linebacker Chris Norman

On feeling comfortable on the field...
After that first starting experience, I think I'm pretty comfortable with the speed of the game. I'm ready to go.

On the coaches' game plan against the physical Badgers...
They have a big offensive line and like to pound the rock, just like we do. So, we just have to play a lot more physical this week.

Red-shirt freshman defensive tackle Jerel Worthy

On what needs to be done to stop the Badger offense...
The first thing is to get off the ball. When the ball snaps I have to be going 110 miles per hour. Also, getting good penetration, being able to take on two guys to free up things for linebackers is critical. I just have to play fast on every down.

On going into the Big Ten opener...
Anything is possible. We are still trying to work to get to the Rose Bowl. We are really trying to get 8-0 in the Big Ten and get out to Pasadena.