No one puts more pressure on himself than Arkansas State Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze.
Freeze's Red Wolves won their seventh straight game Saturday against Louisiana Lafayette 30-21. ASU is currently 8-2 overall and 6-0 in conference play.
"With each win comes more responsibility," Freeze said. "We are embracing that responsibility and taking one game at a time. No one puts more pressure on me than myself. Every time we get another win, I want to figure out how to get the next. I promise you that we aren't satisfied winning just eight games."
Freeze admits that he gets nervous before every football game no matter who it is, that's just his personality. Despite his confidence and swagger he brings to work everyday.
They say that your team takes on their coaches' personality, that definitely appears to be the case here at Arkansas State.
When asked if he gets nervous during a ball game that's a different story.
"No I never get nervous during a ballgame," Freeze said. "I believe in my team and my coaches. I know that we have prepared to the best of our ability and I believe in our players making the plays they need to down the stretch."
Arkansas State jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the second quarter and led Louisiana Lafayette 20-7 at the half.
In the second half Lafayette scored 14 unanswered points, taking the lead with 9:00 minutes left in the third quarter.
You saw no panic in the eyes of the Red Wolf Football player nor the coaching staff.
"We teach them to put that bad play behind them and play the next to the best of your ability," Freeze said. "If you are worried about making a mistake another will occur."
Red Wolf QB Ryan Aplin led Arkansas State back into the endzone on a four yard run with 1:31 left in the third quarter, and never trailed again once taking the lead back 27-21.
Kicker Brian Davis added the winning touches with a 21 field goal with 2:49 minutes remaining in the game.
"I'm really proud of our team," Freeze said. "They never get rattled, they have learned how to win and now expect to win."
When asked about winning game No. 8, Freeze reflected the question as normal.
"It's great to get it, especially for these players that have gone through lean times," Freeze said. "I truly feel blessed to be a part of something very special here. We believe in one another and we are very close as a team. We have each other's back as a team and the team has responded to everything we teach them. I couldn't ask for much more.
While everyone is claiming a part of the Sun Belt Championship with the win, Freeze isn't thinking that way.
"We still have two conference games to play," Freeze said. "We still have a few things on our to do list to cross off. We haven't beat Middle at Middle in sometime. Our ultimate goal is to win the Sun Belt Championship. We control our own destiny, as long as we take care of business, everything else will take care of it's self."
Freeze and his squad picked up one vote last week in the Top 25 Coaches Poll, they received five Sunday afternoon. The Red Wolves are currently ranked NO. 34 in the unofficial BCS Rankings.