Romney Fuga, a senior defensive lineman for BYU, has never experienced the organized chaos of media day. Fuga is excited about the prospect of media day and independence bringing more national attention to the Cougars.
"This is my first ever media day experience," Fuga said. "I'm excited about this because it will get more people aware of the BYU football program and our independence. I'm hoping that today will get some fans around the country excited about what we can accomplish in the upcoming season. There are a lot of TV stations and reporters here and it feels like a pretty big deal."
Making the transition from a member of the Mountain West Conference to independent changes a lot about the BYU football program. It also alters the mindset of the players as they head into their first season without the goal of winning a conference championship.
"I would say we as a team are more committed than ever before to perform on the field," Fuga said. "We aren't focused on a conference schedule or a conference championship because its more about the national scene. We set the expectations for ourselves and we set them higher than anyone taht watches or follows us. We expect to win and dominate every game and I think we are capable of that."
Fuga, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is excited about the prospect to head to Hawaii to take on the Warriors in the final game of the 2011 season.
"I am looking forward to playing Hawaii because I am polynesian, so it's like playing against your brothers when you play there," Fuga said. "I am also looking forward to traveling to Texas to play the Longhorns. They are one of the biggest teams we play and they have such a great tradition. It will be an exciting game."