McMeans Discusses the '05 Season

Tyler McMeans is a 6-foot-4, 330-pound senior offensive lineman from Clarion, Pa. He is currently the starting left guard and is excited about the 2005 season.

Personally, how did summer workouts go?

From workouts, I have gotten bigger, stronger, faster. I have learned the game a lot better as far as how it should be played. Mentally I have improved a lot. They say that this game is 95% mental. By watching film and the other guys that have been here have talked to me which has helped me a lot.

What are your thoughts on the offensive line in 2005?

I think our offensive line is so much better this year and not in sense that we had bad players last year. We had a couple of guys that were real experienced and then we had guys like myself with no experience. This year everyone pretty much has the same amount of experience going into the season except for the center.

Despite the recent injuries, what are your thoughts on the competition along the offensive line?

We have a group of guys up there and we'll see what happens from there. I am going to play my butt off and I am going to try to keep my job. That's just how it is here. All you can do is give everything you have.

You primarily played right guard last season, but they have you currently at left guard this fall, does it matter?

It doesn't really matter. They asked if Tony Tella and I were okay with it. I really don't care either way. Whatever gets the job done the best, I am all for it.

What are your thoughts on the 2005 offense?

If you look at our offense we didn't really lose too much. We only got stronger in my own eyes. Both quarterbacks are going to be great—they just need experience just like any other quarterback.

Our running backs are unbelievable starting with Tyrone Moss. And the new guys that came in last year are unbelievably talented.

And I don't think there is any reason the receivers cant be the best receiving corps in the nation. They just have to go out there and prove that.

In just never ends here. We just have to gel together and there shouldn't be anyone that can stop us. We could be so strong in every area of the offense.

What is the overall attitude of this team?

I really believe that people are hungry this year and nobody is going to take anything for granted. The only games I see us losing are the games we beat ourselves.

What are your final thoughts on the 2005 season?

I have confidence in our team this year. I know for the fans, we can talk and talk about it, but we really just have to go out there and win games. That is what we need to go out there and do.

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