VIDEO: Hundley on Game Week

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley talks about preparing for Nevada on Saturday, the need to take on more of the offensive responsibility without Franklin, and more...

Brett Hundley talks about preparing for the first game of the season:


On the feeling going into Nevada:
I don't know to be honest. I think last year, I had so much nerves, but this year, I feel so much calmer. Just because I know what the game is like going into it and I feel experienced, in some aspect. I sort of know what to expect, going in there, and be calm, relax and play my game. At the end of the day, I know I have so much more to bring this season, I'm just sort of anticipating that and being able to show it.

On his poise this year being able to cut down sacks:
I think just being able to see if I can trust the protection. Last year, I got thrown into it, and sometimes you have to be thrown into the fire and play. You're taking sacks, and you have to learn from that. You really learn a lot from it. I think just trusting my protection, knowing where I'm going and what I'm going to do.

On how much sacks slow down the offense:
Stuff like that, penalties, sacks, turnovers, stuff like that stalls a fast paced offense. That's why we just can't have that in our offense. You sort of look at it last year, we did a lot of things, and we had sacks, we had penalties, but we were still able to accomplish all those things. This year, as long as we cut all those things down, we can do so much more. When you look at certain games, and they were small things here and there, but 3rd downs and you get a penalty and they get another first down and turn it into points, subtle things like that, really determine games so I think that is going to help us a lot this year.

On the passing game's importance with Johnathan Franklin gone:
I like throwing the ball. If we pass the whole game, I wouldn't mind it. We can go empty the whole game. But at the end of the day, I know running backs and they have to get the love to. They're going to get in there and do their thing. Obviously, the passing game will come up and we'll do more passing, but we have to have a balanced offense and keep the defense on their toes. You have to know who's in the game, but they can all get the job done. You have Manfro, Jordon James, Paul Perkins, all of them are back there doing good things and they're good backs.

On the most important aspect of the backs to Hundley:
Both (running and blocking) are very equal. A lot of times they're on my blindside, so I trust them, I trust them just like my left tackle. I trust them to do their job and to do it well.

On Simon Goines being back:
It was very nice. I was always trust X when Simon was out previously. But obviously, with Simon back in the game and going through what he's doing, he's doing a great job and I feel very safe. I think there is a lot more trust, surely with me and my offensive line and just knowing that I know the things that goes on, I know the protection and the scheme, as well as they do, so we have a lot more trust. I know exactly what the offense is doing, what the offensive line is doing and it creates a better pocket.

On becoming the face of UCLA:
It's just a blessing. I remember talking to Jet after the season. It was weird because if you think about where I was before the season and in 14 and 15 weeks, everything can change. I remember talking to Jet after the Pac-12 Championship Game and just talking to him about where I was until now, you can go from fighting for the starting job to being the face of the program in the matter of 14 weeks. So that's why, these seasons, people don't really understand. That's what we do. Our year round training, this is what it's for. This is the start, this is what we play for, these 16 weeks. 16, 15, we're in the national championship. At the end of the day, it's crazy how much has change, but you have to take it in stride and know it's a bigger and better blessing. I don't' feel any pressure. I never really did as far as the media. I always felt like if I did what I needed to do, everything else would take care of itself.

On if the sacks hurting his rushing yards:
It does kill, knowing there were big rushing yards out there. I have big goals this season, and rushing yards is one of them. But taking those sacks, if you see the numbers without the sacks, and with the sacks, its a lot different. We just can't take the sacks. This year should be a lot better and rushing the ball should be a lot better. I know my backs will be really pissed off at me if I'm the leading rusher but as long as its done, it's done.


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