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Charley Molnar Quotes From Weekly MAC Media Teleconference (Sept. 2)

Charley Molnar spoke with the media during Monday's MAC Coaches Teleconference.


Charley Molnar spoke with the media during Monday's MAC Coaches Teleconference.

Sep 3, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass football head coach Charley Molnar spoke with media members on Monday morning during the MAC Coaches Media Teleconference following the first week of the season. Molnar recapped the Wisconsin game, looked ahead to the Maine game, and shared what he saw as some positive aspects from the Minutemen's play last Saturday.

  • Molnar's Monday Morning Teleconference (Sept. 2)
  • Recapping The Wisconsin Game And Looking Ahead To The Maine Game:
    Looking back at the Wisconsin game, they were a superior football team. I knew that going in and our team knew that going in. We felt like we had to play a near perfect game, and in our sport, it's really, really hard to do with any team, especially a young team, such as ours. Our guys played hard, we were disciplined for the most part, we had some foolish penalties, but our guys were somewhat assignment-sound. We just weren't able to make any plays, and it really cost us at the end.

    As far as looking ahead to Maine, we've watched a lot of video on them over the summer and even over the last 24 hours. It's a well-coached football team - they played really, really hard. I'm sure this game is awfully important to them, and we're going have to bring our very, very best in order to win the game, there's no doubt about it.

    On the challenges Maine presents:
    I think watching their defense, they run a number of different pressures and coverage schemes. So, they keep your quarterback busy all afternoon. I think that they are aggressive on defense with lots of different looks that they like to use. I think it's going be a real challenge for us offensively. As far as their ability to control the football, I think we are going have to make some turnovers, more than we did this past game, in order to upset their rhythm.

     

     

    On Quarterback Mike Wegzyn:
    For the most part, he took what the defense gave him. There were some plays where I think he would've liked to have had them back. There was some tight coverage and he tried to get the ball in there - where he had time and could've moved on to his next receiver. For the most part, he played poised and I thought he took a step up from some other games that he played last year.

    In our running game, we just weren't able to crack a long play. I think our longest was 11 yards but, again, that's a much a testament to Wisconsin's defense. That was really, really, not only a strong defensive line, but really their whole front seven, their safety play, just all around a really well-coached football team, superior in all aspects. I would imagine that they're going make a run at the Big Ten championship and maybe even a BCS game.

    On positives for the defense:
    I think No. 1 is they played awfully hard. I think most teams in the country would have a hard time stopping Wisconsin's run game down-in and down-out. Obviously, we had our hands full. I think they biggest thing is just being gap-sound; guys being in the right place. We had just a few breakdowns and those breakdowns led to some really big runs. It took a lot of wind out of our sails. But, overall, I think our defense has improved. If you looked at the stats, you wouldn't think that. But, in the first half when our guys were fresher and we weren't as worn down by Wisconsin's pure bulk, I thought our defense played fairly well.

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