What do you expect from the offensive line this year?
“We’re coming in to our second year together and we have a lot more chemistry. We want to come in and beat guys up to win all of our game. We have the guys and the unity to come in and win all of our games.
“This year we don’t want to be timid. We had a lot of guys last year that were just coming in and playing college football for the first time. We’re going to come out, fight and leave it all out on the field.”
What’s the biggest difference for you between last year and this year?
“Being able to prepare myself for games is the biggest difference between my junior and senior years. I know what I’m doing now. I know what I need to focus on now. I’ve been watching film with Coach Tujague and when he shows me things I go out and work on it in practice.”
What do you want your role to be as a senior?
“My mentality coming into the season is getting my guys ready to play, mentally and physically prepared, and having that attitude to beat up any defense we come across.”
What’s it been like to work with Coach Anae and Coach Tujague?
“I love working with them. Those guys are fired up, they're emotional, I feel like they’re just like me when it comes to football. When they show that passion, show determination and they want us to be better it reflects on me and everybody else.”
What have you seen differently from the offensive line?
“I see a big improvement from last year. Last year it was tough for them to jump into a scheme that they never played before. They’re like a whole different offensive line when you compare this year to last year.”
Coach Robert Anae
On changes to offensive line substitutions
“This year we’re going to have a little different dynamic than last. As far as a guy can go with his conditioning level, as dominating as a player as he is and with as sharp as execution as he can give, why take that guy off the field? There are a few guys that have made strides in spring in that direction.”
The offensive lines role in going far
“You have to be able to protect to throw concepts down field 20-some-odd yards. Last year we were good at that, but this next year we should be borderline great. The schemes are familiar and the offensive lineman are a whole year stronger. So when the protection sures up, now those routes get open and the deep ones that take a while. That’s what I’m hoping this offense has that last year’s did not have, that consistent deep threat.”
Coach Garrett Tujague
The impact of the summer workouts on the fall
“The summer is critical to obtaining our goals in the fall. It was awesome for them to get a taste in Spring and do some new things offensively, but they all met individually with us [as coaches] and we listed the things they must accomplish during the Spring and Summer Terms. They’ve done a really good job of meeting those goals so far. We’ve got a ways to go, but I like the progress that’s being made.”
On the new rules for coach interaction in summer
“Being able to keep them in check with the new things we add here and there. Being able to meet with them and go over those things will be huge going into fall camp.”
On players getting more significant playing time than last year
“The greatest thing we have going for us right now is people are fighting for a spot to get on the bus to travel. I think there will be some guys that will be hard to get off the field because of the way that they have been working. They’ve put themselves in a great situation by their offseason training and their habits to get in the film room right now by themselves. Those things are vital and that’s what will keep them on the field.”