Camp Report 8: Linebackers
GREELEY, Colo. – On the last day of fall camp, the Northern Colorado football team made the most of its practice, holding a scrimmage during the morning drills. The Bears ran through several situations during the scrimmage drills, including red-zone and endzone to endzone.
The offense had 37 rushing plays for 115 yards and two touchdowns and the quarterbacks were a combined 21-35 for 293 yards and four touchdowns. The defense also amassed five tackles-for-loss, one sack, one interception, three quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
Junior Dylan Orms, the only quarterback of the five on the roster with playing experience, completed three touchdown passes, going 6-for-8 for 131 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Denzel Hutchings. Senior running back Andre Harris also broke free for a 23-yard rushing gain. Defensively, senior cornerback Korey Askew came up with the lone interception of the morning, saving a touchdown with the pick in the endzone.
After the conclusion of practice, senior linebacker Matt King sat down with uncbears.com to discuss his opinions from fall camp.
Q: With three linebackers returning who had starts last year, what was your main focus during camp?
A: Hammering out the details. (John) Eddy’s fairly new, (James) Schrenk’s fairly new so in the springtime we were a little behind but there was a lot of carryover from spring and summer. Coach Deti and Coach Krantz do a great job with us, so just the final details of the game was the big focus.
Q: As a senior, what do you feel the highlight of fall camp was?
A: Probably the new facilities. We were over in Bishop Lehr for 15 months but it’s good for us. It makes us really respect the new place and be humble, that’s at least nice for me to have for one year.
Q: This is usually the last question of the interview, but since you mentioned it, what is your favorite part of the New Butler-Hancock Athletic Center?
A: The locker room obviously. The cold tub (Hydroworx Pool), for my old body it’s really helped me during camp.
Q: You’re one of the top returning tacklers in the Big Sky. How did it make you feel when you weren’t honored by the coaches on the preseason team?
A: I don’t really pay attention to that stuff. I’m just honored to be on this team with all these great guys and that stuff doesn’t mean anything. I try and let my pads do the talking in a sense. The recognition outside this team isn’t important to me and all I care about this year is winning – that’s my main focus.
Q: What are your goals for 2010, both personally and for the team?
A: Personally, it’s to break 100 tackles. I was close last year (91 total tackles) but didn’t get it done. I would like to help this team win as much as it can. For the team, win the Big Sky. We really have no excuses now. We have great talent, we have the best facilities in the Big Sky and we expect to win this year. I think you’re going to see it.
Q: Do you have any games circled on the 2010 schedule?
A: Weber State because it’s the first Big Sky game and that’s really going to be our test to see where we are and Montana because they’re always a premier team. They’ve always been the best and we want to be the best so we really want to give it to them. We’ve got them for Homecoming so it should be exciting.
Q: Do you have any advice for young kids who want to play football?
A: It’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of fun. The camaraderie and the friends you make and the lessons you learn outweigh all the hardships. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made and you get an education on top of it so it’s a win-win.