Coach Ellerson Monday presser: Stanford

Lost track of how many times Army coach Rich Ellerson said or made reference to the Black Knights, “focusing on  ourselves” and not the matchup against No. 5 Stanford.

“We’ve got to focus on ourselves, and we have to focus on what we are not doing right. Get those things right that we are doing day in and day out, and we’ve been routinely getting right beginning with spring football…

“As I said, we are going to focus on doing things right. Obviously, we are going to have a plan…

“Our effort was not an issue (against Ball State). We were flying around, playing hard and competing, but we were not that poised, competent, focused outfit that we are determined to be.”

Here are some more highlights from Ellerson’s press conference and a few minutes with the media afterward:

Ellerson said…

” I want to see what it looks like when we go out there and try to be our best selves because that wasn’t our best self on Saturday (against Ball State), not even close. That’s what I want to see. I don’t care who shows up for the game on Saturday. We have to be ourselves. We have to run our offense, run our defense and be that poised, present competent outfit on every snap. Then we will see what the scoreboard looks like. It’s going to be tough.”

“I felt like we were in a great place (before Ball State kickoff), I really did. I’m not going to attempt to psychoanalyze my football team, but I think that we get it. We failed to bring those things from the practice environment into the game with us. All I know is that you have to do it right. You have to do it with a tempo. You have to do it all week long. Again, we’ve been doing it that way for months and we haven’t had a ball on the ground in the mesh for weeks, literally weeks. That just makes us crazy.”

“I told the guys yesterday, ‘Our mothers love us, but the only people in the room who think we’ve got a chance in this game are in the room.’ That’s just the way it is. ‘Throw that out, forget about it and let’s try to surprise mom on the next snap.”

“We didn’t get hit with a bucket of cold water, we got hit with a bucket (against Ball State). We need to wake up and play the next play. We need to stop worrying about what people think, or what people are saying, or how important this game is or that game is. You’ve heard me say it a million times, the most important game of the week is this week.”

“Our guys will be excited to go because they get a chance to match up and step up out there with some of the best in the country. If you are a competitor, you want to experience that. You want to find out where the ceiling is.”

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