Stuckey So Close ...

Wide recever Chansi Stuckey has seen it time after time this season. Just when it seems like he's headed to the endzone for six points, a shoe string tackle prevents him reaching paydirt.

CUTigers.com caught up with Stuckey this week to get his thoughts on that subject, and much more, in this report.

Chansi it seems like game after game you are a fingernail away from scoring a touchdown – happened again several times against N.C. State last Thursday night. How close are you to getting those six points?
Stuckey: It's just like you said – a fingernail away. A couple of little things, if I can get an extra step or an extra inch, I could have been in the endzone multiple times this year. But I guess it's just one of those things that you have to wait and see what happens when it does, you feel good about it.

Are the guys on the team giving you a hard time about that? I sense your frustration out there on the field because you are so close.
Stuckey: (laughing) Yeah, you know they kind of mess with me, but you know it's all in good fun.

Playing Temple this week, a team that is yet to win a football game this year, has it been difficult to maintain your focus?
Stuckey: No, I don't think so. I think everybody knows in order to get where we want to go we've got to take it one game at a time. Temple's the next team on the road, so everybody's pretty much staying focused, and I think we're going to go out there and play a good game.

This team has rebounded remarkably the last two years after somewhat slow starts. Do you get the sense you're kind of in that same mindset now here through the midpoint of the season after really going out and beating N.C. State fairly handily?
Stuckey: Yeah, I think so. You know, we played our best game against N.C. State so far, so I guess we just need to maintain that pace each game. We left a lot of things on the table last Thursday night, but I think we can come back and correct it this weekend, kind of get a little better.

Offensively, do you still feel like this team has some things to prove and is still improving under first-year offensive coordinator Rob Spence?
Stuckey: Yeah, I think so. Just like I was saying, every week we're leaving stuff on the field – plays that could have been made and possibly more points put up. But I think that we're gradually coming into our own with offense right now.

James Davis played a remarkable game against the Wolfpack last Thursday night. Losing him for the game this week, what does that mean for your offense? Who needs to step up and fill his shoes?
Stuckey: James is a really great player; he's playing really good – he was playing really good before he got hurt. I think there's going to have to be a lot of guys on offense – at the receiver spot and at the running back spot… A lot of people are going to have to make plays. It starts at running back with Reggie and Kyle, but I think it's going to be a group effort to compensate for what James Davis…

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