Q&A with Byron Leftwich

Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich, in an exclusive interview with Herd Insider, talks about the upcoming '01 season, and particularly, the opener at Florida.

HI: First game of the year is Florida. What's your impressions of the Gators, and Marshall's chances at The Swamp?

BL: Florida's team, they're a very fast team. They're a well-coached team. They have a lot of 'players'. If you look at them, their backups are good. They were high school All-Americans. Our chances? I think we've got a good chance. We can go down there and play with those guys, because we've got high school All-Americans on our team, too. I think we can play with anybody in the country. We just have to wait until September 1 to see how we do.

HI: Will this be the most research you've done on any one team?

BL: Probably. Any time you get to see a team's spring game…they're spring game was on TV…you just watch those guys and try to learn their personnel, try to learn as much as you can about them. It is the first game, and the next game is the most important game. I've got a lot of time to try and figure those guys out, see some things they like to do, and find some weakness in their defense. So, yes, this will be the most I've prepared for a game.

HI: What are the things you like about leading this team, and what are some of the things you didn't like about leading this team through the tough early 2000 season?

BL: I think it's more than I ever wanted it to be. We started off a little slow last year at two and four. Those were growing pains. We had a lot of young guys playing, we had a lot of freshmen and sophomores out there, including myself. I think it was just growing pains, and we've gotten that part of it out of the way. It's just been fun. There's nothing like Saturdays, just being out there in the huddle with those other ten guys, and just being able to have fun and play football.

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