Monday, October 17, 2011

Quarterback status and other ramblings....

Wrote a story on Matt Christian's status and also Andrew Manley. It looks like Manley will get a medical redshirt this season. For story, click here.

On a side note, Walker said on the Western Athletic Conference media call Monday that he would like to bring Manley to Hawaii this weekend and make the sophomore quarterback an honorary captain. Manley is from Wahiawa, Hawaii.

A few other things of note from Monday's call:

Walker on starting season off with Kenny Turner at H-back before moving him back to running back:
“Our thoughts were trying to get the best guys on the field. At that stage of it Robert Clay had done some good things and we had recruited some good receivers. When Robert went down out mindset was the same. ‘Hey, we've got to get our best guys on the field.’ Kemonte Bateman, who's emerged, Austin Franklin who's starting to emerge. We thought we could get by moving those guys to receiver and moving Kenny back to running back and now we got Robert back so that gives us even more depth.”

Walker on having Turner carry the load against Idaho (29 carries, 171 yards, touchdown):
“It was definitely good against Idaho. I'm not going to say that's going to be the perfect formula week in and week out cause I'm sure we're going to give Robert Clay some carries too to take some of the load off of Kenny. But it was good he was able to carry us on his back a little bit and help us get a W.”

Walker on Hawaii losing on the road to San Jose State last weekend:
“I try not to read into that too much. These are 18, 19, 20-year-old kids, man. You never know what you're going to get. I've said that before. But at the same token, it is a more competitive conference in terms that there's more parity. I know I was talking to Robb Akey after the game, he said himself, ‘anyone can beat anyone in 2011.’ We're just going to prepare and go fight, see where we are in the fourth quarter.”

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