Transcript: Fuente Press Conference
Go Tigers!
Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

Nov. 18, 2013

Opening Statement
"I'm pleased with many aspects of last week; our ability to play a game like that in that manner and style and find a way to pull it out in the end. We got big plays from the defense and special teams. We had some timely plays offensively that helped us stretch it out. We have a humongous challenge this week with a very good football team and a very good football program. Coach (Charlie) Strong has an incredible defensive background and that certainly shows. They have some really special skill kids and a fantastic quarterback that can hurt you both running and throwing the ball. I think our kids will look forward to preparing this week."



On Louisville's defense
"They're big, fast and well-coached. They can rush the passer. They have a couple special kids that move around and can really cause you problems. In the back end, they have some special kids back there as well. It's not like one position group or one skill group. I think they play good team defense. That's shown on the scoreboard throughout the season."

On Louisville's junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
"It appears to me that he does a great job operating his line of scrimmage. Obviously, he has good frame and can throw the football, but from a mental aspect he seems to do a pretty good job of getting them in the right place."

On if the team sees this as a rivalry game
"I don't know with where we're at in our program, our kids are really just concerned about ourselves. I know there's a bunch of Memphis people that remember the times when they played, but I'm not sure us worrying about anything other than getting ourselves ready to go play is in the front of our mind."

On Jake Elliott's 56-yard field goal against USF
"I wasn't hesitant on Jake's part. Where we were in the half, our defense had been playing pretty well. My concern was that they had such a strong middle block team. That was my one moment of `do we want to do this because of that'. We went ahead of put them out there. We had to trust our guys to hold them out of there. They certainly came after it hard. It was a pretty cool deal. I was proud of Jake. His demeanor, the way he goes about his business and his competitiveness makes you feel pretty good."

On Louisville being the type of program that he envisions
"They are where we want to be. In my opinion, much in the way we felt about UCF - the type of program when you watch them as a coach, you see a team that can run the ball and throw the ball and plays great defense and is solid on special teams. Those are programs that we aspire to be like."

On the play of the team's defense this season
"I'm pleased that we continue to improve. We're an older group. I think they've done a great job in understanding the scheme and playing together. It speaks volumes to the kids in their ability to taking a scheme, accepting it and seeing the benefits."

Upcoming Game Times & Television

With last week's win, the Tigers improved to 4-6 on the year and 1-4 in American Athletic Conference play. The Tigers, winners of their last two games, continue a two-game road swing Saturday, traveling to No. 21 Louisville. Saturday's game is set for an 11 a.m. Central kickoff and is The American Game of the Week.

The ESPN Regional broadcast will be seen locally on Comcast Cable 30 in most area households as well as available of a variety of other affiliates nationwide as well as online at

Also on Monday, kickoff times for the Tigers' final two games were announced.

The Nov. 30 home game against Temple will kickoff at 11 a.m. Central Time and will be televised by ESPNews.

The Dec. 7 road game at UConn will kickoff at 12 Noon Central/1 p.m. Eastern and will be available on ESPN3 and


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