Tuesday Media Quotes: Players

Tuesday Media Quotes:  Players

Cameron Goldberg, Thaddeus Lewis and Ayanga Okpokowuruk met the media on Tuesday as part of the weekly press conference.

Cameron Goldberg

On what Duke has to do to build off last week's success:
"I think it's important that we realize that that is just what we were supposed to do and not really concentrate on how we won that game, but what we have to do to beat Navy."

On why the team has improved so much since week one:
"I think we're really just molding as a team right now. We practice really hard every day, and I think the fact that we keep going. There's not really a key to why we won. I think we just put it together last Saturday."

On the development of sophomore quarterback Thaddeus Lewis:
"Thad is just the man. There's nothing else to say about that. He works as hard, if not harder, as any guy on this team. He is just the man, is the only way to put it."

On what the Blue Devils have to do to prepare for Navy:
"I think we've just got to practice like we do every day. Keep going hard, be physical and be prepared to win another game."



Thaddeus Lewis

On what the team tries to do this week to build on last week's success:
"Just put it behind you and get ready for the next week's opponent, which is Navy. Just focus, watch film and prepare ourselves to the best of our ability."

On the reasons for his success in having such a high completion rate against Northwestern:
"Just going out there and playing with confidence. The reason for my success has to do with the offensive line and the wide receivers. The O-line blocked and the wide receivers made plays and caught the ball."

On whether he had any idea about his 15 consecutive completions during the game at one point on Saturday:
"Not at all. You just go out there and play the game and have fun. We don't worry too much about the records. As long as you're having fun and making plays, I guess it speaks for itself."

On what Jomar Wright brings to the Duke offense as an experience wide receiver:
"He brings a lot to the Duke offense. One thing he brings is smarts. He knows how to read the defense and that's what you need in a slot receiver is to take advantage of the linebackers and the zone defenses."

On what factors have contributed to the team showing improvement through the first three weeks of the season:
"Just getting better every week and taking it one opponent at a time. This team has done a great job of that. We know we won the game last week but this week we know we have some things that we can do better against Navy, so we're going to try to do those things better and try to prepare to take on Navy."



Ayanga Okpokowuruk

On what Duke has to do to build off last week's success:
"First of all, even though we won the game, we still could have played a lot better. The score shouldn't have even been that close. We need to execute better and concentrate more on executing our assignments. We need to stay focused and not get carried away with one win."

On getting to the quarterback to force an early throw on the last play against Northwestern:
"It was real satisfying. When that happened, I hit the quarterback and I didn't know what happened. I looked up and then I saw everyone on the field, so I knew we'd won the game. Just knowing that I contributed to the win gives me a satisfying feeling."

On how Duke has improved since week one:
"I think a lot of it has come from us studying hard. A lot of young people have had to play on the defense and for a lot of people, this is their first time actually having a real game experience. After your first few games, you get the jitters out and really study film and work on what you need to work on. The week before [the Northwestern game], I spent so much time watching my technique and looking at what I need to work on. I feel like it really prepared me for the Northwestern game. I was a lot more prepared than I was for the two previous games."

On how senior defensive end Patrick Bailey's dedication affects the team:
"Watching Pat is just something else. Every single play you just see him making a tackle or affecting the play in some way. Even after the game, you watch the film and it's like Pat was all over the field. That makes you want to step your game up. He's putting it all on the line and it makes you want to put it all on the line as well."

On what the Blue Devils have to do to find success against Navy:
"It's all about execution and making sure we have our assignments. We have to make sure every body is concentrating and knows what they're supposed to do. One person messes up, and Navy gashes you. We have to make sure that we're really concentrating on our assignments and know what we have to do for the defensive game plan."

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