Colt Brennan: Utah State showed up; they came to play. They really put together a good game plan and we had to handle some things early on. It was 31-13 at halftime, and I got hurt right before the second half. I was going to try to play to start the second half, and they put a brace on me to keep my ankle tight, but when I got out there my ankle started to swell up. The brace was compressing (the ankle) and it hurt really badly, so I came off the field and took the brace off and got retaped. They put the other QB (Tyler Graunke) in, and he ended up driving down the field and scoring. He drove down the next possession and scored again and the coaches said, "Screw it, you're done."
CS: How did you aggravate your ankle?
Brennan: I got it caught underneath me when I got hit. I sprained the exact same spot. In all honesty, it's all right because it isn't a new injury. Today I practiced and ran around. and it wasn't that bad at all.
CS: How tough was it for you to come out of the game, especially when it appeared you were getting back to your normal self?
Brennan: It was tough. Overall, the whole thing is really frustrating. You just want to go back to being normal; getting back to 100 percent and not worrying about anything. It feels like every game I have to overcome adversity. It was just really frustrating to hurt it again and to have to come out. We have a bye week coming up, and I'm really looking forward to practicing all week and going all out on Friday, because I'll be able to rest it up the following week.
CS: When you hurt your aggravated your ankle against Utah State, did you think it was more severe than it was?
Brennan: I didn't really know at first, because when I got hit it was bad. I just felt my ankle get tucked underneath me; I just felt it stretch. I felt a sharp pain and I was able to walk off the field. I've actually done the same thing at practice a couple of times. I've gotten stepped on and leg-whipped. This was a little more severe, but it just so happened I aggravated the injury.
CS: How did your ankle feel the day after the game?
Brennan: It was so swollen the night of the game when I fell asleep, but when I woke up on Sunday morning the swelling went down. I don't know why, it was really weird. I feel a little bit more pain than usual, but it feels like my ankle is starting to come around.
CS: This week at practice, are you going to take as many reps as possible, or are you going to rest it at the beginning of the week and start to throw later in the week?
Brennan: I'm going to throw as much as I can. The one thing I realized in the Idaho game is that I need to make sure that I practice. I'm not the same as I usually am when I don't practice. I want to throw as much as possible, but I've been trying to not move around and test my ankle too much until later this week.
CS: What are your thoughts on still being ranked 16th in the country after some top teams fell this past weekend?
Brennan: It's fine with us, we understand. We haven't hit the tougher part of our schedule yet. We were talking about this today. There's really nothing for us to be bragging about right now. If we go on and continue to win and we don't move up, then we can complain. But right now there isn't much to complain about. We just have to focus on winning. If we just keep winning, and down the road when those top teams filter out, we'll get some respect then.
CS: Talk about this week's game against San Jose State. I'm sure you're going to have a lot of family and friends there, plus your cousin is an assistant coach with the Spartans. How big is this game for you personally?
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Brennan: It's a huge game for me, and it's a huge game for our team. San Jose State has won their last three games. They played some really good teams early on, and now they're starting to get some confidence during this winning streak. We're really excited. Anytime Hawaii is in California we usually get a strong number of people to support us. We were there two years ago, and it was unbelievable. There were probably more Hawaii fans than San Jose State fans there. We're hoping for a strong fan base to show up and support us. Obviously we're really excited to be on ESPN. For me, I'll have so much family and my cousin there. I'm just excited to get out there and play and have a good game.
CS: How difficult do you think it's going to be to have a short week and nurse an injury that may affect your play?
Brennan: I'm sure it will be difficult. It's a part of the game. You get into these situations and you have to fight through it. I think the doctors are going to do a good job, and since I have a bye week after this week, I can really test it and try to do something that I've been limited doing. I am going to try to do some things at practice this week that will give me confidence in my ankle.
CS: Having a short week affects your practice schedule, so how different is your preparation for Friday night?
Brennan: Traveling to Cali isn't that bad, considering we traveled to Idaho, Louisiana, and Vegas. It'll be a lot easier for us, and it's a night game so that will help us out even more. We'll have practice here (Hawaii) on Wednesday morning and leave for Cali right after practice. We enjoy traveling. It's a lot of fun. Getting out of here and being away from the island does help to get the roster down and makes practice purposely driven for the game. When we're on the road, we only have 50 or 60 guys traveling, so it's a lot less distractions. The guys that are there get really focused on the game. I really like the way we've been traveling this year and with only two more games on the road, I'm really excited to leave this week.
CS: What does San Jose State present to you as a defense and what have you seen that you may be able to take advantage of?
Brennan: We kind of have to go off of what they did to us last year. You kind of wonder what they're going to do to us this year. They have some good zone coverages. They're a very sound defense. They fly around the ball. They play with a lot of passion. As far as our offense, there isn't a defense out there we're not looking to take advantage of. This is just another defense that we are looking to make plays against. We just have to do what we do.
CS: San Jose State has a really talented cornerback in Dwight Lowery. What do you know about his game?
Brennan: He's a great cornerback, and he's made a good reputation for himself. Coach Jones has said that he's been struggling a bit this year, so I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Does that mean he's going to be that much more excited to play this game and have one of his best games? Or does that mean he's going to continue to struggle? I'm sure he's going to be excited to play on ESPN, so we'll have to see.
CS: Is there any extra pressure with this game being nationally televised on ESPN?
Brennan: For us there's no pressure. We're excited. We're sick of all these people making comments about us, and they've never seen us play. They're stereotyping us and judging us. We're so excited to get on ESPN and showcase the kind of football team we have. It's tough week in and week out getting ready for teams you're supposed to beat by a wide margin of points. This is a game we can really get up for and get excited about, because we realize the opponent lining up across from us is good enough to give us a game.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his NFL draft analysis on the web and on the radio since 1999.