Q: How does the injury to Brett Hundley affect things?
RN: Well, it's unfortunate because it looks as if he might miss, you know, the first couple weeks of fall camp, which is when you have the luxury of reps. So, he'll have to do a lot of walk-though stuff, you know, to the extent that he can walk. But the injury is described to me as non-significant other than the fact it has to get repaired and it's not going to be a long time table for him to get back.
Q: When did he get injured?
RN: Near as they can tell, it's probably playing basketball when he went home, which is late June.
Q: Why the lengthy time for the decision? If it's such a simple thing, why was it such a lengthy time before they decided to operate?
RN: Well, because they didn't know. They thought it was just a hyperextension. He had seen a doctor in Arizona and felt that it was just one of those things that needed to be treated with ice. The swelling unfortunately didn't go down so they did the MRI and detected that this was the situation.
Q: Missing a couple of weeks of camp at least, does that really hinder his chances of really seeing some significant time this year?
RN: We'll have to wait and see. Remember now, he did get a lot of reps in spring so we know what he's capable of. Just how quickly he heals will be the more significant question.
Q: When you heard about this did you go, really? After what happened last year …
RN: Maybe with a capital ‘R.' Really? Really? But, as is always the case, we calmed down and we realized, you know, that it'll be fine. We'll work through it.
Q: He is a true freshman. There wasn't a huge chance he was going to come out the gate as the starter …
RN: Well, you never want to say never. You want to be able to see what he can do and how much he took from spring and how far he came along. But, he still is going to be in every meeting, he'll still be learning and I'll find ways to quiz him and make sure that he's learning even though he's not taking the snaps.
Q: You can't police them and tell them not to go to Wooden and not to play basketball. You can't be with them 24/7. So how do you kind if police that?
RN: You just tell guys to be smart. You know, and as you're getting ready for football season, the closer you get to it, the more you probably want to curtail some of those other activities. But, kids are going to be kids, and sometimes coaches are better off not knowing what it is they're doing, whether they're on motorcycles or whether they're on that kind of stuff. We tell them not to, nut they're young people and they're going to do things and I don't it's time for corporal punishment because he was playing basketball.
Q: How does Richard Brehaut's non redshirt season play into how you might use Hundley? Would you protect his redshirt a little more because of the way Brehaut was dealt with?
RN: You know, I'm not overly concerned about the redshirt year as I am concerned about us being the best football team we can be and if I think Brett Hundley can help us be a winning football team, then Brett Hundley needs to play. Now, the only way that would be the case is if he's going to play significant time and, going back to Richard's case, I had no indication as to how that season would go, because Kevin (Prince) was freshman and I had Kevin (Craft), but I'd seen Kevin play the year before, so I still felt like Brehaut may be something special and give us a little jump start at times when we needed it. That's why I did what I did then. Hindsight being 20-20 maybe you sit him that year. But I don't think you worry about that when you're trying to put together a winning football team.''