After the exciting win over rival opponent Colorado State this last Saturday, a lot of the quarterback buzz has been centered around starter, Connor Wood, and his exploits in leading the Buff offense to a season opening victory.
We encourage you to check out our stories covering his stellar performance. However, BuffPlayBook also decided to catch up with the true freshman backup Sefo Liufau. Go "Inside" to find out about his thoughts on the victory Saturday, Connor Wood' performance, and his own nascent and promising career.
BuffPlayBook caught up with backup quarterback and true freshman, Liufau, after practice on Tuesday. Although the young talent looked visibly tired from practice, when asked about his first college game experience against rival Colorado State, he couldnt suppress the smiles and excitement.
"There was a lot of excitement from the team and from myself. Going out there in my first college game, even though you're not playing, there is still a lot of excitement."
When asked what was exciting about the experience, Liufau acknowledge the overall atmosphere of the matchup, as well as his routine during the game.
"I'm on the sideline always taking mental reps. Just always trying to be prepared, prepared like the starters."
Liufau was clearly excited about being in such an important role as an incoming freshman, but seemed to have no qualms with the responsibilities that could fall on him.
"We always want Connor [Wood] to be in there because he is the number one, but if he ever goes down, you always have to be ready to go in."
Overall, Liufau seems happy with his current position.
"It feels great. All the hard work paid off coming out early. I'm not the starter, but I can't be ashamed of being number two. Being number two, you always have to be ready, ready like the starters, if not more."
Although the true freshman might have his eyes set on the starting position in the future, he was quick to acknowledge Connor Wood stellar performance against Colorado State.
"He did great. He went through all his reads, made plays, moved his feet when it wasn't there and moved out of the pocket."
Liufau's natural praises most likely stem from the positive relationship that he and Woods have created in this still burgeoning season.
"We have a great relationship. We are always talking outside of practice and meetings, and even out here on the field, you know, always giving each other tips and ideas on what to do."
Liufau admits, however, that it wasn't easy getting to the position that he is in now. When asked about his learning process during fall camp, he had this to say:
"At first it was king of slow, trying to learn the new offense and coverages because they are a lot different than in high school, but as practice came along, everything started to come a lot faster, a lot quicker. It wasn't as hard."
Liufau's ability to learn quickly most likely stemmed from his early start as a high school quarterback at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington. He began starting for his varsity squad his sophomore year and led his school to a 34-5 record throughout his career. He completed 522-838 passes for 7,297 yards and 68 touchdowns. Liufau was also a starter for Bellarmine's varsity basketball team as well.
Other than football, when asked how he was liking Colorado thus far, Liufau couldn't help but smile.
"I love Colorado. I love classes. I love everything here. The only thing I really miss is my family, but I'm not homesick at all."