August 07, 2014
Categories: General News
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference held its annual football media day Wednesday, August 6 at the Courtyard Marriott in Wichita, Kan. All 10 football coaches from the KCAC spent time at the podium discussing each teams’ improvements and challenges for the upcoming 2014 season.
Even with a 10-3 record last season, Bluejays head football coach Mike Gardner spoke about some of the trials and tribulations his team experienced.
“Going through three quarterbacks last year, three punters, seven defensive back combinations, four offensive line combinations and (we) lost the best receiver we had, we really only had three weeks of consistent linebacker health,” Gardner said. “You don’t sit up here as a coach and make excuses about it. You try to figure out ways around things and try to get better.”
This season, the Bluejays lose a strong force in the backfield, running back James Monroe.
“You don’t replace a guy like that. You just hope you can get a couple (guys) that can play similar or as well as he did. His leadership was off the charts as a person and a player.”
Gardner also eluded to the fact that he is going to move some guys around and play them in different positions. With those movements, on both sides of the ball, there are definitely questions to be answered.
“How fast can we adapt to new roles? Who’s going to be the most selfless?” Gardner asked. “We want to be competitive every week. We want to put the best possible group we can on the field. We want to compete and we want to be prepared.”