Sept. 24, 2012
In Monday morning's MAC Football Coaches Media Teleconference, UMass head coach Charley Molnar looks back at the Miami game, previews the Ohio game at Gillette this Saturday, and speaks about the maturation process of quarterback Mike Wegzyn this season.
On Saturday's 27-16 setback at Miami to open MAC play:
What I saw was a football team that never quit and played hard. We made some mistakes of course along the way like every football team does, but right now we're not good enough to really overcome our mistakes. We've got to work to minimize our penalties, the self-inflicted wounds, minimize our mental errors, continue to play hard and I think good things will start to happen for us.
On playing Ohio after being on the road for three of the first four games:
No doubt and, of course, Ohio offers a ton of competition. They're a really good football team as I've been watching the video over the past 24 hours. I think our guys are anxious to get home, we've only had one home game so far, and we're just really glad to get a chance to play a home game against a quality MAC opponent.
On the scale of the game due to Ohio's success so far this season:
For us, we have to bring our 'A' game every day in order for us to have a chance to win. So our guys know that and our team is excited about playing Ohio University. They know how good Ohio is. I think the Penn State game really was an eye opener for players that don't quite know the Mid-American Conference as well as you know it or I know it. I think that was a great wake up call to our football team that once we get through the pre-season part of our schedule, when we get into the MAC schedule we've got our work cut out for us.
On What makes the Ohio offense and defense so tough:
On the quarterback situation at Ohio:
The way they play, number one, is that they play really hard, and, number two, is they play almost error-free football. And they have a coach who can appreciate that they really, as you watch the video, have a sense of playing very much as a team. Everybody works to be in the right place at the right time; they make very few mental errors. They're just a well-coached, well-disciplined football team right now.
No not at all; regardless of who is in the spot, we're going to prepare the same way. We're carrying about our business and when we get into our work tomorrow and Wednesday, we'll start talking more specifics.
On the maturation of Mike Wegzyn at quarterback during the course of the season:
He's always worked very hard and that's not been a problem with Mike. I think what we're finally seeing in game three and game four is that things are slowing down a bit for him on the field. He's making better decisions; he's staying poised and understanding where he's supposed to go with the ball. He has really only had two really bad decisions where he just tried to force the ball and those were both interceptions. Beyond that he's been good with the ball, understands the throws that he can and can't make, and just continues to get better. Our team is really starting to rally around him.