Sept. 10, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
UMass football head coach Charley Molnar spoke with media members on Monday morning during MAC Coaches Media Teleconference following week two of the season. Molnar recapped the Maine game and previewed what the Minutemen will face against Kansas State this weekend.
Monday also featured a special night for the UMass Football Radio Show which was live from the Hangar Pub & Grill and featured player guests Vincent Westcarr and Joe Colton.
Recapping last Saturday's game vs. Maine:
Looking back at this Saturday, we knew that Maine was going to be a very competitive football team as we looked at their roster and the film. We saw that it was basically a very equal matchup. We started off fast and went right down the field and scored in four plays. We had a lot of confidence and what typically happens with teams who haven't won a lot of football games with a lot of young players is we just had small, individual breakdowns. It certainly hurt us offensively. It could have been anything from an errant throw to a misread by the quarterback to an offensive lineman oversetting on a defensive end. All those small accumulation of errors added up to a very poor offensive performance. Defensively, we played okay. At the end of the game, I think we were a little bit gassed and couldn't get the stop that we needed to get off the field and get the ball back to the offense to give us a chance. As a result, Maine put the game out of reach. It was a hard fought game and I'm proud of the way the team hung in there. I thought we cleaned up some of our penalties; we went down from seven (penalties) to three. We let up one sack late in the game. Overall, it was disappointing and certainly we're regrouping and looking forward to playing Kansas State.
On team's positive play early in the game against Maine:
We have had a couple of interceptions in the first two games. I'm glad about that. Obviously, every defense is trying to accumulate as many turnovers as it can and I think our defense is aggressive. We will continue to try and play the ball in the air and help get the ball for the offense or score on defense. Offensively, we are not very far off. It's only a matter of time before we hit on all cylinders, then we will have an improved product offensively.
On the challenges that Kansas State presents:
If we start with their offense, there are a number of things. Number one, they have great speed at their wide receiver position. It's almost like they are a 4x100 meter relay team when they put four wide receivers out there. These guys can really fly and that in and of itself will be a challenge for us. They also have two quarterbacks who can run the ball effectively. Neither one is Collin Klein, but certainly they are both pretty good. When the sophomore, Daniel Sams comes in, he can really run. You know when he goes in, they are going to do a lot of different things with the read-option and things like that. Defensively, the best way I can say it is they are a very sound, bend, but don't break defense. They make a lot of big plays and they have good speed at the linebacker position. They are also big and strong up front, so they are a typical Big 12 defense. We will certainly have our work cut out for us.
On message to team this week:
First off, it doesn't matter if we are playing Maine, Kansas State, or anybody else; we go into each and every game with the objective to win. Also, each and every player is trying to be a better player this week than they were a week ago. If we can get 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense to be better players, we will be better units and ultimately a better team. Our guys are in a good place and I think it would be real easy to get down, but our guys know their best football is ahead of them. Our trajectory is going up and they really believe that we are not too far off.