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Bye Week Update: Player Quotes
 
 
 
Javon Ringer is up for three national awards: the Doak Walker, the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year.
 
Javon Ringer is up for three national awards: the Doak Walker, the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year.
 
 

Nov. 14, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Several members of the Michigan State football team met with the media after practice Thursday to talk about the bye week and the upcoming game at Penn State Nov. 22.

In other news, Javon Ringer was named one of 15 "Players to Watch" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the fourth-oldest individual college football award in the nation. A list of five finalists will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 11 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.

Ringer, who leads the nation in rushing yards (1,548), carries (353), touchdowns (20) and scoring (120 points), is also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards.

Senior Running Back Javon Ringer
On the personal challenge to get back in the game against Purdue...
Definitely. One, I don't like sitting out and two, it was my last time playing in Spartan Stadium. I wasn't going to let my ankle prevent me from finishing that game. I waited for a little while for the pain to go numb and then taped my ankle. I wanted to run around and savor that last time me being at Spartan Stadium. I was happy that there were still a lot of people still there when I was going around. I wanted to make sure that I said thank you to as many people as I could.

On looking back on your career...
I really don't know how to answer that question. There wasn't an exact thing that I wanted to achieve except that I wanted to win the Big Ten and I did want to play in a January bowl. Thus far things are looking up.

On the bye week...
I'm trying to relax and spend some time in the training room just healing and nixing bruises that we all might have. Other than that just trying to relax and recover.

 

 

On how you feel...
This is the first day that we actually put on pads and did some running since Saturday. So far I'm feeling pretty good. My legs are coming back and everybody is continuing to get better. Since we aren't out hitting it's going to be better that we have these next couple of days off just to get mentally back together and our bodies back together.

Senior Defensive Tackle Justin Kershaw
On the importance of the Penn State game...
This is probably the biggest game I have ever played in. Each game of the season has continually gotten bigger because of the success we have been having. This is a big game and I am looking forward to it.

On preparing for Penn State...
We have been watching them this entire week and as a football team have been studying a lot of guys on the team. It's what we do every week, and I know the coaches are getting us ready like they always do. This extra week is nice too because we have a chance to rest and prepare even more for them.

On the differences between Penn State and the other teams they have played this year...
Penn State is a very good football team, and they run the type of physical plays that a big team like them can run. One thing that impresses me the most is their offensive line and it is probably the best offensive line we have faced this year. They are strong and come off the ball well and are also experienced, so we need to play our best game of the season in that game.

On keeping the focus...
Really I think all you have to say is that we are playing for a championship. We are playing for something special; we are playing for 10 wins, which is something that hasn't happened here in a long time. We just have to continue to prepare and I think come game time everyone is going to be fired up.

On what Coach Dantonio has been stressing this week...
We have had a couple days off where Coach Dantonio kept stressing the importance of this game. Really this game is bigger than anything and is going to affect so many people that watch Spartan football, including the alumni and all the students here. We are playing for something special and we need to keep preparing for this big game.

Senior Quarterback Brian Hoyer
On throwing 61 passes in his last game at Penn State...
I guarantee that we won't throw 61 passes this time. I find it ironic that my Big Ten career started at Penn State and my last start will be at Penn State. I've been in the environment before and I know how crazy it can get at Beaver Stadium. We are preparing ourselves and we know what we are going into.

On playing at Beaver Stadium...
You know how the student section is. I know that they're crazy and how loud the stadium can get. You want to keep yourself out of situations where it's third and long because it's going to get rowdy in there if there is a third and long.

On what it would mean to win at Penn State...
It would be something special. We definitely know what's at stake. I mean to get a Big Ten championship knowing where we've been, what we've gone through, and where we've came from this would be huge especially for the senior class.

Freshman Cornerback Johnny Adams
On the days off...
We're just trying to relax as much as we can and that's a big thing. Just think about all those injuries in the past. We are still focused on football; coming back was good today, we are getting our steps back down before Penn State. So, it's good having this bye week but at the same time it's good that everyone is still focused.

On the team's mind set during their week off...
This week is fun, and it's a little more laid back. I have been having a good time because I have been waiting for this for a while. It is definitely something we needed to give the team a chance to regroup and refocus.

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