The players of the week are receiver Devin Aguilar on offense, end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim who had three sacks on defense and snapper Danny Morovick on special teams.
Honored for their scout team work were receiver Cody Bruns, De'Shon Matthews and Riley Gervais.
Bruns, of course, saw more than service team work, actually getting into the game Saturday in a controversial decision that cost the true freshman a redshirt season.
Coach Tyrone Willingahm said that standard decision-making was applied, deciding that he plays the players that will give the team the best chance to win, and that there is enough season left for Bruns to make an impact.
"Anytime you play a freshman at any point other than the first ballgame it raises eyebrows somewhere," Willingham said. "But I think if you'll go back and look over my career and look over the time that I've been here, we've been very wise in how we've used and utilized our freshmen. I think was still consistent with the guys that we put in on Saturday. There were still, when they went in, eight games that we had remaining. We had injuries that affected their timing going in."
Bruns and tailback Terrance Dailey were the 11th and 12th true freshmen used this season, which is thought to be a school record. And after the game offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said that a 13th – receiver Anthony Boyles – could add to that number.
Willingham said he adheres to a single rule: "Play the best players, and play them when they're ready to play and ready to perform and can help themselves and help the football team."
Regarding widespread reports that Bruns wanted to redshirt, Willingham said, "Let me say it this way, I didn't hear anything about him not wanting that opportunity."
A few other Willingham comments from today's press conference:
On the bye week:
We enter another phase of our season, and that being the second bye week that we're entering to. Our focus as always will be one, to get healthy, two, to improve our football team and work those areas that we think need a lot of improvement, and then make sure we have developed our younger players and keep them progressing and keep them coming forward. The schedule will change a little bit in terms of the structure, but not necessarily in terms of the time that we work. Everything there will be pretty consistent.
On the injury list
In two weeks I'm hopefully that we'll have all of them back. Still the major question mark will be Darin Harris. We don't know what his timetable will be, it could be extended. But other than that I think we'll get most of the guys back. You're talking about Goodwin will come back, you're talking about Nate Williams, who should be able to come back in two weeks. And that's not to say that they'll be 100 percent back, but I think and anticipate that they will be back.
On the play of Ronnie Fouch
I thought Ronnie's play was good and solid. What effected our overall offense more than anything else, and Ronnie included in there, was the fact that we couldn't muster very much of a run game. I though Ronnie hung in there when there was pressure, I thought he made some key throws, and a couple that you just see a guy lob up a couple of balls that probably some people would not even have been creative enough to think about, he put some balls up and let the wind take them and let wind kind of take them and give our receivers a chance to make plays. I thought he had a very solid performance.
On the running game
I thought we lacked a real spark, some real juice, some real energy there, and that's one of the things when we had our quarterback Jake, that he gave us. His ability to get the extra out of a run I thought was there. We didn't get much of that on Saturday even though we did have some good runs.
Willie Griffin opened up the ballgame with a nice run, came back and unfortunately had some fumbles there, so that became an issue with me. Brandon Johnson did some nice things, then you saw a freshman, Terrance Dailey, come in and I thought have a very nice run on a draw-like play and he's starting to show what I think he can do.
On the offensive line
I think we still were OK. I didn't think it was our best performance. We went into the ballgame thinking maybe we could mash and move them a little bit, and as I said it would kind of be our size against their quickness a little bit. I don't think we came out as well as we'd like to.
On the absence of Locker
What it does is it takes away what I call the extra man. When you have a quarterback that has the ability to run the football, it forces the defense to allocate another man to him, which normally most defense don't worry about if the quarterback is a drop-back pass type. So we've got to find a way to eliminate that extra man. And that's always been an issue in modern-day defense, how can you get that extra man out of the box and move him around and do things so that you can have that running game? Because if you don't, then they up with eight guys in the box and you only have seven to block them in many cases.
On his message to recruits
I think that our recruits can see that there is a young football team out there playing and that with some growth it is going to be a much better football team. You see that in our receivers, we're seeing it on defense. We're seeing a lot of young people that are added to the mix of our football team. I believe they have the ability to grow and improve and get better. With that, we have a chance to be a better football team, but the goal for us is not to wait, we've got to do it now.
And a few more from quarterback Ronnie Fouch:
On the stiff Arizona wind
It was pretty tough, so we were using it to our advantage when we had it. We were being safe against the wind, not throwing our deep passes. Once I got out there I wasn't thinking about it as much. I just kind of got used to it during as warm-ups and coach said when I throw the ball keep it low and not let it get caught up in the wind.
On if the Arizona defense changed because Locker was missing
They had a really good defense. They brought multiple blitzes we didn't get a chance to see on film – a lot of them. But they are a really good defense and I can't really tell you if there was a difference.
On having Locker on the sideline
Yeah, he helps me a lot. He knows the plays that we run and we talk about them and talk about the plays that I saw. He helped me out a lot. … We just talked about every series when I'd come off the field he's ask me what I saw and we talked about pretty much all the plays and what we need to do better, what we need to work on. It helped out a lot having him at the game.
On the mood of the team
It's where it should be. People should be upset about the loss, you know, but we've got to put it behind us and I think guys are and we're all looking forward to this bye week and people getting healthy and ready to beat Oregon State. We have a good offense and we have a good team and we all know what we can do, so we're all excited to put this behind us and keep fighting for Oregon State.