Jay Urich Media Availability — 10/29/19

Jay Urich Media Availability — 10/29/19


(upbeat music) (rooster crowing) – [Reporter] How much of
a challenge has it been sort of that you moved to wide receiver at the start of the season and seems like, are you still doing some wide receiver? Or you mainly just sticking to quarterback cause of the, all the injury, cause of Jake’s injury and stuff? – Yeah. So right now I’m a quarterback. So I’ll be prepared to play there. You know, I could
probably do receiver but, as of now I’ve been mainly at quarterback. – [Reporter] Does it change
practice dynamics at all for you guys, that your
top two quarterbacks, they’re not injured but
they’re nursing sort of, they’re hurt and they’re nursing you know, the hamstring and the knee. – Doesn’t really change too much. I think practice is practice and the coach’ll do a good job of sort of, setting up practice to
where it runs smoothly no matter, you know, if somebody’s nursing something or not. It’s still pretty smooth. – [Reporter] Jay, looking
at your season this year, would frustration be a term, did it look like you were
going to get a lot of, on the field as wide out, but then kind of had to
move back in the QB room. – Yeah I mean, I wouldn’t say frustration. I think, you know, it
goes back to what I said early in the year you know, just helping the team so, whatever that is, if it’s me not getting as much playing
time, I’m fine with it. You know, whatever, whatever
it takes to help the team, so that’s my mindset still. – [Reporter] People outside
of football program, a lot of the time look
at quarterback situations and they say, “Well if
Ryan’s getting knocked around and maybe have some issues here and there, why isn’t this guys getting a chance? Why is that guy getting a chance?” When you hear that, what is kind of your answer? – I think, I mean, it really depends. It’s all up to the coaches. So I mean, you know you prepare, and you do your best as a player to be able to be the
best guy to be able to you know, when you get your turn, to perform at the best of your ability. But, that’s really sort of not something you can focus on. It’s more of, you
preparing, me preparing for you know, whatever happens. – [Reporter] Is that
important for quarterbacks and the coaches to kind
of have a high level of trust that, all that sort of… Is going to work. They’re going to see your work, they’re going to reward it, they’re going to play the best guy. That kind of stuff? – Yeah. – [Reporter] In terms
of how important it is, that level of trust
between quarterbacks and, cause there’s some situations
where quarterbacks, I don’t think on this team but, well you know say, “That guys playing, well
I should be playing.” And to have everyone
sort of on the same page, trust wise I guess. – Yeah. I think trust is big thing, especially in the quarterback room. You know you have different
guys that really are, you know, it’s a competitive room. So, you want to be able
to trust each other and the coaches trust you so, that’s really a big, really does play into it. – [Reporter] Generally, you don’t think of physical toughness as a
key quarterback trait. But how important is it? – I think it’s very important. Especially in the SEC. You know, you’re getting hit and, you’ve got big guys coming
after you so I mean, Every week we try to, you know, scheme up the protection to where we have the best ability to win. But, sometimes you know, if we’re in a man protection, there might be another guy coming off hot, and you might not see that right away and you have to be able to take that and be able to you know, get up and keep moving on. – [Reporter] Ryan’s been
splashed a few times this year. Have there been any particular hits that you’ve thought…that hurts? – Yeah. – [Reporter] That hurts? – I think the one, there’s been a couple but, I think last game, Tennessee, there’s a couple where, the personal foul and
there’s another one that, where I was like “Wow.” Number 19, at Tennessee,
hit him pretty hard so. – [Reporter] As a quarterback, how much do you understand that, I have to get up and shake this off to sort of, win over my team? That’s a path to do that. – That definitely is, I mean, people always look to
you and that’s what we, Coach Warner always talks about is, you know, whether it’s a, you throw a bad pass,
throw an interception, you know, everybody’s looking at you. And in your mindset, and your physical, you know what you’re doing, your body language. So I mean, shaking that off, or after a big hit you know, getting back up and being fired up and being able to you know, shake it off and go to
the next play, is big. – [Reporter] New to the team, what’s it been like since ya’ll been back in the building? – Yeah I mean it’s, obviously it’s, you know, not ideal to lose and
we don’t like losing. It’s not who we are. But I really feel like
there’s a positive energy coming back, you know, leave Tennessee behind, and Vanderbilt’s a big challenge and, they’re going to be very, very good so, we got to be ready to
put our best foot forward and play another week in the SEC and get a win. – [Reporter] How easy is it to do that, whether it’s coming off
a big win or a loss, to put it in the rear view mirror? – Yeah, I mean I think
it all comes down to, you know, your perspective, I think. I think somewhere in proverbs it says, “Your insight gives you patience.” So I think that’s a big thing that, for me, I personally try to you know, lean into is my insight. My perspective is so big, and that gives me patience to be able to you know, go through the season and not get too down, because you know, it’s a long season and you got to move on and
put that one behind you, and look onto the next game. And that perspective is sort of what we’re rallying around.

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