What was coach Mendenhall referring to about the snacks and music?
We very seldom meet as a defensive staff where there’s not music playing. Usually a mix of old-time classic rock-and-roll. A little Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. I also like some reggae music and island music. As far as the food snacks, it’s usually sunflower seeds and peanuts.
Who is the toughest coach on the defensive staff?
On the field coaching--probably Coach Howell. I think he probably works his guys a little harder than all of us. As far as toughest, I can take any of them. Put me in a room with any of them—just kidding.
What are you looking forward to most about this season?
Just watching our kids perform. It’s so fun to work with them week in and week out. I think back on last season and games like the Boise State game, San Diego State in the bowl game, the Georgia Tech game—those games where we just executed so well and kept opponents from scoring touchdowns, and just watching your kids perform is what we look forward to.
Who’s poised for a break-out year?
I would say Uani Unga. He played quite a bit last year behind Uona Kaveinga
. He got some good reps and playing experience. A lot of people don’t know who he is yet on a wide basis. I feel like he’s going to be one of those guys that will break out and have a great year.