Bret Meyer Q&A

If you missed the audio earlier this week here's the transcript to read.

Q: Coach talked about everybody needs to improve. What are the things that you think you need to improve on?

Meyer: Just making the plays. I need to be more consistent.

Q: Going into the game there was a lot of expectations about what we would see on the field. Talk about the offensive scheme…the emphasis on the run and when you expect to see a more wide-open offense.

Meyer: I think if you're able to run the ball there's no reason to get away from it. We can be wide open or run the ball…whatever Coach wants to do.

Q: Looking at the play-by-play, on paper it looks like the team did better than the score suggested. How much did the penalties and the turnovers hurt and were those due more to first game jitters or was it still adjusting and buying into the new offense?

Meyer: The interceptions were on me and that was just bad. I was just not taking care of the ball and being smart. I think maybe the penalties were first game jitters and being ancy. That's something that's focus and we have to overcome that.

Q: Do you enjoy playing and doing all of that as much as you did your freshman and sophomore years or were the last couple years rough on you?

Meyer: I enjoyed playing. Obviously towards the end of the year last year it wasn't as much fun as it was when we were winning.

Q: The reason I ask that is that you look at the two quarterbacks going into this game and you're someone that everything you do is scrutinized and Sanders has to almost fight for the attention to get noticed. What do you think is better?

Meyer: He's obviously had a good career. He's a good quarterback. We're not going to overlook him. It would be tough having two good schools in the state.

Q: You don't mind the scrutiny?

Meyer: It comes with the territory. I'm sure there are a lot of people that would like to get their name in the paper or whatever. If it's good, it's good. If it's bad, it's bad. I'm not going to wear it on my sleeves.

Q: How do you see UNI? You know they're a good team from last year. Obviously capable of hanging and winning?

Meyer: Obviously they're a good team. We're not going to take them lightly. No one is this locker room is going to do that. They're a good team and they have a lot of good players. We'll have to play a good game to win.

Q: What did Appalachian State do? Is it a little bit like the football fan at home doing…?

Meyer: They're a good team. I don't know. You watch those guys and wonder how they didn't get picked up by someone else. I don't know. You watch that game and as a fan, it's fun to watch.

Q: Friday after practice and looking at the players, there seems to be a renewed focus. How much does that Kent State loss hurt and what does the team need to do to refocus on the UNI game?

Meyer: That hurt a lot for various reasons. I don't know if you want to call it a wake up call. It's obviously going to make you refocus anytime like that. If anything good comes out of it, you're happy it happened now and not half way through the season. I think guys are definitely refocused and it helped to have the weekend off to reevaluate what you have to do to help this team win.

Q: How did it come about that you and Todd get to roommate and mentor JJ?

Meyer: Well, me and JJ talked about it on his visit. It just worked out that way.

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