In coach Tony Sanchez’s weekly press conference, he spent the majority of his time talking about last week’s loss to UCLA. After keeping pace with the Bruins for most of the game, the Rebels faltered in the fourth quarter and allowed UCLA to grab a three touchdown lead to take the win 42-21.
One of the major topics brought up were the two interceptions thrown by quarterback Johnny Stanton. In addition to breaking down the picks, coach Sanchez also talked about minor mistakes such as missed assignments and blocks.
The coach also talked about the good things that the Rebels were able to accomplish such as staying in the game until the 4th quarter. Joined by defensive lineman Mike Hughes and running back David Greene, the lineman was asked whether or not he saw a difference between the two half's to which Hughes stated that he felt the defensive line came out in the third quarter with more focus, lamenting the fact that they were able to get a sack on quarterback Josh Rosen.
As for Greene, he was asked about scoring his first career touchdown and if he was still basking in the excitement that comes with it. After giving a brief grin, the running back conceded that he was still enjoying the moment.
With much of the talk revolving around last week’s loss, Sanchez talked about the program’s overall growth and how he felt that the team is showing signs of being a winner, but still needed to work on consistency. When asked about Central Michigan, this week’s opponent, the coached stated that he felt the Chippewas’ offense could possibly give the UNLV defense some fits, but overall, felt the two teams matched up pretty well.
On the injury front, wide receiver Brandon Presley is still out with a foot injury and quarterback Kurt Palandech will once again be the third quarterback as he continues to heal from a shoulder injury.
You can watch the full press conference below: