With 30 consecutive starts at split guard, senior Marwan Hage knows when the CU offensive line is functioning well. Right now, is not one of those times. Hage believes the o-line is still learning to play together and it takes time for the unit to gel.
RK: Marwan, I promise not to dwell on the Washington State game too much.
MH: "Thanks, I appreciate that."
RK: Have you guys put that game behind you or are there still some lingering issues that remain?
MH: "Oh no, we watched the tape from last week, we learned from it, hopefully got better and now this week we have to apply what we learned."
RK: Well, I guess right now is as good as any to get out of the state and play your first road game. Although, it could be an easier task. What are your thoughts about getting out of the state and playing in Florida?
MH: "Well, it's a big game and we are excited to go there and play and perform. It is just a great opportunity against a great team and we will be prepared."
RK: Of course ranked #10, this Florida State team is very talented and they have a lot of weapons on both offense and defense. Looking at the film, what have you learned about the defense?
MH: "They are a typical Florida State defense, a tough and aggressive defense. They are very quick but they always are. We know that they are going to be very aggressive and we will be ready for that. There is really nothing that we saw on the films that we already didn't know about FSU."
RK: The running game has been struggling and so far a bit of a disappointment this season. Of course it takes time for a new offensive line to come together but in your opinion, how are you guys progressing at this point?
MH: "Oh yeah, the more snaps you take, the more progression you make. It is the only way that you can gel as a unit and get the offensive line going. I think we are beginning to understand what we need to work on and what has worked so far this season. This week is just another great test for us and hopefully we will show improvement."
RK: You will be without one of the horses in the backfield as RB Bobby Purify is out with an ankle sprain and Brian Calhoun gets the start. Does that put added pressure on the o-line to get the job done.
MH:" Not really. It was been the theme around here for the past few seasons that if someone goes down then somebody has to step it up. We really have confidence in everybody and Calhoun is as good of a running back as anyone in the nation. We just really need to do what we can up front and we'll see what happens".
RK: Another guy getting an opportunity is Erik Greenburg who comes in for Joel. How has he looked in practice this week and do you need to do anything differently up front with him playing quarterback?
MH: "Not really, we just have to do our job and give him some time. He was fighting for the starting QB position at the beginning of the year and we all know he can do the job. Of course we are going to miss Joel, but again an injury creates an opportunity for someone else."
RK: The schedule has been unforgiving this year, but you have to play a national championship schedule to be considered a contender. This is a great opportunity for the rest of the nation to see what CU is all about. Your thoughts going into the game with Florida State.
MH: "You know, this is why I came to play here. Where else can you in the nation and have the opportunity to play all these great teams week in and week out? It's very good man, as a player, it's a huge challenge and I love the challenge. That's our school, that's our program we'll take on the best."
RK: Thanks Marwan, good luck.