Mike Riley on the Cougars

2012-10-03T07:00:00Z 2012-10-05T11:09:33Z Mike Riley on the CougarsBy CLIFF KIRKPATRICK, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Check out my Wednesday story in the GT on Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds. The junior has been having a great start to the season, and he’s technically the No. 2 CB behind Jordan Poyer.

Here are coach Mike Riley’s thoughts on Saturday’s opponent, Washington State.

“We are going to see the best special teams unit we’ve faced so far this year. They are good and well-coached on special teams. Their specialists are good and the returners are good. Their systems are sound.”

What about the passing offense?

“They obviously can throw the ball and complete passes. They move the ball and have been very good against good people. It’s going to be one of those games you have to be sound with a lot of pass rush. And you can’t forget about the run. We gave up big runs in the last ballgame. So it’s going to have to be a pretty solid defensive game.”

What’s your take on the defense?

“Defensively, they are very disruptive. And they have one of the best players we’ve seen so far in Travis Long playing. And the rest of the guys play very hard and aggressive.”

Is the game plan to control the clock?

“You play the game you are in. We hope to keep the ball and keep them off the field a little bit. You want to sustain some drives and score in the red zone. That’s the goal of the thing.”

Are you worried about the defensive breakdowns in the second half of the Arizona game?

“We have to tighten a lot of things up. They set us back on our heels with running the ball and screen passes. We have a lot of work to do. You can’t be satisfied.”

What is the challenge covering WR Marquess Wilson?

“He’s been a great player for a long time. He has a big body and he’s a phenomenal deep ball player. You have to do a good job on him all the way around.”

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