Charley Molnar Quotes From Weekly MAC Media Teleconference (Sept. 30)

Charley Molnar addressed questions related to the bye week, the team's progression and Bowling Green during the weekly MAC teleconference.

Charley Molnar addressed questions related to the bye week, the team's progression and Bowling Green during the weekly MAC teleconference.

Sept. 30, 2013

University of Massachusetts football head coach Charley Molnar spoke with members of the media during the weekly MAC Teleconference on Monday morning. Molnar discussed the usage of the bye week, the progression of the team from its first year at the FBS level in 2012 until now and his scouting report on Bowling Green.

On how the team used its bye week and the preparations being made to face Bowling Green:
At the beginning of the bye week we had practices and our guys got a lot of meeting time. Also, the most important thing was giving them rest and recovery time from the grind of the season. Toward the end of the week our staff went out recruiting and our focus from that point forward was letting the current players be with the strength coach and let the positional coaches go out and handle the work they needed to do for the class of 2014.

In preparation for Bowling Green, the staff worked over the summer to get a bit of a head start. Last week we put in several days work, picked up there yesterday afternoon and have been full steam ahead preparing to face a strong football team in Bowling Green.

On scouting Bowling Green, offensively and defensively:
Their quarterback is where it begins. The offense goes with him. Matt Johnson is a dual threat quarterback who throws the ball well. His completion percentage is over the top right now at about 67 percent and he has good command of the offense. Rarely do they run a bad play or does he make a mistake. I have not seen every running back from the MAC yet but I can tell you Travis Green is at the top end. The offensive line keeps getting better and I think they have the line exactly where they need it to be.

Defensively, among their starters, their base personnel has seven seniors and four juniors. Who wouldn't want to be in that position? Their team is ready to win and they have played excellent football. They have great momentum with a two-game winning streak and they beat a good team in Akron last week.



On UMass' progress from its first year playing in the Mid-American Conference in 2012 to now:
I'm hoping the team spent a lot of time watching video from last year. We are a whole lot better than we were a year ago. We are excited to go out on the field and show the MAC how our football team has improved.

Comparing Bowling Green's defense from the 2012 season with the current year:
I thought last year it was the best in the league. This is our first opponent from the MAC this season, so this is the first team we have spent a considerable amount of time studying and looking at. I find it hard to believe there is a better defense in the Mid-American Conference. These guys are playing well; they pursue the ball and are sound in reading the gaps. Rarely do they make mistakes and it seems no one is out of position. They do not give up many big plays by making mental errors and they play incredibly hard.

On what Molnar sees in the film of Bowling Green regarding the Falcons ability to grind out wins this season late in the game:
When you have a running game based on Travis Green, a quarterback that can get you into good positions to run and a very capable offensive line it allows you to run the football and to grind down opponents. The fourth quarter is when good, veteran teams take over. Bowling Green is certainly a good team and a veteran one, so they are probably playing right to the style they would choose to if they could script the outcome.

On the team's attitude entering the conference portion of the 2013 schedule:
This is a remarkably resilient group of young men. I said the same thing last year and am still convinced of that. After every loss the players shouldered the blame and put it upon themselves to get better every week. We have improved, though it is not reflected in the win-loss column and that is the way our game is ultimately judged, how successful we are winning and losing.

With a program like ours, which is developing and is so young, being consistent in play is critical for us moving forward. The guys used the off-week to watch film of the season and the first four games and are scratching their heads over some of the mistakes that were made. I believe we can grow over the coming weeks and start to make a move in the Mid-American Conference. That does not mean we are going to win the league and it does not mean we are going to win the MAC East. I believe we are going to play better as the season goes on.

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