Jonathan Pritchett Interview

"I expect for our team to be serious contenders for the conference title. We have the talent and coaching and I expect this to be a fun and exciting season. Personally I would love to make a positive impact on our team and season." - Jonathan Pritchett

What are your size, speed, strength numbers?
6'4", 245
Bench: 400
Power Clean: 350
Incline: 350
I haven't tested in a while now.
40: 4.7

What are your personal and team expectations for the 2003 season?
I expect for our team to be serious contenders for the conference title. We have the talent and coaching and I expect this to be a fun and exciting season. Personally I would love to make a positive impact on our team and season.

Give us your perspective on the new offense we are running.
The offense is different than what most of us are used to. There are lots of formations and it makes for a lot of big plays. I believe it works well with the personnel that we have right now.

What is your take on the defense following this spring?
The defense is very athletic. Maybe not the largest group but they have good strength and speed. They did well against us this spring. They certainly make us better everyday.

What are some of the changes and adjustments you have had to make with the offensive and defensive changes that have taken place with the new staff?
Unlike last season where the tight end position was more of a conventional TE, now we are lining up more times off the ball like a wing back. We call it a big slot but the responsibilities are pretty similar.

What is your outlook for the 2003 season concerning the C-USA title chase and a chance for a bowl game?
I think we will be in close contention for the title. With our conference having four bowl games tied to it I believe that we will be in one of them. But our goal is still the Liberty.

Tell us a little about your new position coach and new head Coach Briles.
Coach Briles is a great coach and great guy. He is really passionate about what he does and is more involved with our team than other coach I've had. My position coach is Mike Spradlin. He is similar to coach Briles really knows his stuff and I enjoy playing for both of them.

Could you give us your thoughts concerning the C-USA competition and who are the upper echelon teams in 2003.
Besides the Cougars I don't know much about the other teams. I would think that TCU, Southern Miss, and ECU will be solid teams like that always are. I don't think others are giving us much thought but that's fine. We know what we are capable of.

What are your studies and career plans at this time?
Right now I have a degree in finance and accounting. In the fall I will start my MBA. I really do not have anything specific in mind as far as a career. There are many fields in the business world, I'm sure I find one that I enjoy.

What makes you the most proud of your University of Houston?
It is a school with a good history of success is athletics as well as academics.

How and what things changed since you first stepped on campus?
Not much really. They have added a few buildings, they cleaned the place up a little which was nice. Robertson Stadium was renovated after my first year here. That is probably the biggest one.

What would you like to tell CoogFans today?
Thanks for all your support. I'm really excited about this upcoming year and I know you are too, Go Coogs.



It was good catching up with #87 today and having a visit with the senior from Clear Brook. Jonathan has had his share of injuries and hopefully he will be on the field this fall to lend some good senior leadership for his Cougar teammates. I know a lot of us think that Jonathan Pritchett is capable of an all-conference performance this year.

Good luck!

maddog99


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