June 14, 2008
I’m just so appreciative to be here and to be surrounded by guys like this, by a coaching staff like this and to have an opportunity to do something special. It’s really rewarding to go out into the first pre-season game and put on a performance like we did.
You have to commend the fans. They were ready to cheer us on, regardless of the elements, be it rain, hail, sleet or snow. When you have a situation like that, you can’t do anything but perform your best for the people that support you. It was just an amazing feeling.
We were very prepared and it showed in our play. There were very few mental errors, we communicated well and did everything we needed to do as a defence to be successful. As a team to be successful, we put up points and both sides of the ball had opportunity to rest. It wasn’t like we came off the field and we were rushing back on the field. It was a total team effort and when we have that, we’re going to have success.
I am confident in my abilities and what I am able to bring to the table. It feels good to know that players are confident in me. The defensive players are confident in me, the offensive players are confident. Before the game, Nik and Cope said “you’re here for a reason, do what you do.? It feels good to know that the people on offense and coaches are supporting me. Expectations are high for myself and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Having an opportunity to play against another team is great. We talked about it all week. Our training camp has been tough. Coach Huff is a disciplinarian. He wants everything executed well and we had a tough training camp. It felt good to see results playing against someone else, playing a conference opponent and seeing the results we put on tonight is outstanding. It helps you to prepare for the next week and the following week and the regular season, knowing that we were able to produce. When you’re able to see the results of hard work, it just motivates you work harder.
I would say to the fans: Get ready to prepare yourselves for something special. We have all the components to have a well-oiled machine and we have the head coach to drive that machine. We have coordinators that support our head coach. And as players we have to go out and perform with the tools that our coaches give us through the week. As long as we continue to do that, we will continue to have success.