Mark Farley Aug. 23 interview, UNI Football 1 of 3

Mark Farley Aug. 23 interview, UNI Football 1 of 3


Welcome to Panther Sports
Talk inside the Dome with head football coach Mark
Farley and coach another year feeling pretty good
with what you are seeing out of the guys early
on here in camp? Yeah, we are on schedule
that is the key to camp. On schedule as far as
installation, knowing our football team, and now we
are going to find out once you get to the execution
phase on game day that is where we are going to find
out where we are really at. Let’s go back
a bit further. A good Fall in your
estimation with how things worked out heading
into the Summer? Yeah, I go back to the
Fall and you had the toughest and strongest
schedule but you are a playoff team and did
well in those regards of playing who you played and
then Spring a lot of guys were out in the Spring so
we were probably behind in the Spring. We had 17 guys coming out
of surgeries and injuries and couldn’t
participate in Spring. Had to have a
great Summer. I felt like we gained some
ground in the Summer with the Summer access and
some of the things we are allowed to do now. And I’m really
pleased with camp. Exceptionally
pleased with camp. We have stayed on point. Coaching staff has done a
great job and players have done a great job. It really came together
and got a lot done. I was curious how all that
worked out because coming off the playoffs with
a good season but you graduated some key guys
and at what point do leaders emerge and say
those guys are gone now. It is now time for
me to take over. I think the misconceptions
of leaders that you think it is your turn to be a
leader or someone who is loud is a good leader. I don’t believe that. I really think leaders you
instill the confidence that creates leaders and
you can lead by being quiet or by being vocal
but just because you talk a lot doesn’t make you a
good leader so it is one of those things that make
sure you can do your job and you are responsible
for your segment and others will follow you
which will make you a leader. What do you like about
your offensive line which will be a huge part of
the offense this year? It is big because I feel
good about our offensive line and our defensive
line coming into this season. I think those are our
staples at UNI football and those are our staples
of this football team. You have some options at
QB which is good because you have depth there. What do you like about
your backfield as you also have to replace
both Eli and Marcus? Well, we have 4 choices
at QB and 2 are true freshmen. So I think that puts them
in a tough spot with inexperience. Then we have 2 guys who
have been on our team but no game day experience. I think it is narrowed
down to 2 or 3. We know who the QB is
based on how he has performed. And every year we have
been here we have to play 2 QB’s due to injury at
some time so we better make sure 2 are ready and
that third guy is going to be the backup going into
some game and it might be the biggest game of the
season mid season so we have to treat them all
like starters and get them ready. Sounds great. What about your receivers
as you have some big targets out there. Well, we need big targets
and there are a lot of names there. I told the team throughout
camp it is one thing to have a name and it is
another to be a player with production and you
know the Jalen James, the Jalen Rima, the Isaiah
Weston’s have created a name for themselves
because of their production they have had
on the team but all that matters is what they can
do this year and are they ready to take it
to another level. New quarterbacks like the
tight end position and you like your tight end
this year don’t you? I like Briley Moore as he
is one of the best if not the best tight end in
all of FCS football. So we have a really good
tight end and Tristan Bohr has really developed
himself into a very good tight end so he will be
the 2nd tight end and we are looking for a 3rd
tight end should something happen to those 2. Special teams you feel
pretty good heading into that first game at Iowa
State with Punter and Kicker? I never feel good until I
know what they can do in a game but I am confident
that what came out of camp but Cook as a true
freshman has really done a nice job kicking for
us with consistency throughout camp
and leg strength. Sam Drysdale is coming off
an injury but punting wise is open Kiby is punting
right now as a defensive back punting for us but he
has experience for us and some maturity as well. We have covered the
offense, the special teams, we will be back to
talk defense with head coach Mark Farley as we
get ready for the start of the 2019 football season. Stick around for more
Panther Sports Talk. Last year Rachel Koop
led the Panthers to the Missouri Valley Conference
Championship and NCAA Tournament while earning
first team all-conference honors. Now she is in her senior
year of Volleyball while pursuing a master’s degree
in Postsecondary Education student affairs. Here she is mic’d up at a
Panther Volleyball camp this Summer. We are going to do
everyone’s favorite movement. It is why you wear knee
pads in volleyball. It is diving. The lower you are the less
you have to fall and it won’t hurt. Alright? So, bend low, step,
bump, and slide. Good! Alright, let’s do one more
and see who can slide the farthest. And we are going to step
with the left leg now. Bump it and onto
our hip and slide. What way feels better? Left? That way? OK, now I’m going to
tell you what way to go. Alright, up quick and
to the right again. Oh! Hey, you got
both balls up. Good. You are back! Yeah. I like your bun so cute. It is for Santa. It is a live stream to the
north pole and this is a microphone so he knows
when you don’t say mine when you pass it. Mine. Mine. Don’t pass it like that. So we want the ball at the
net so you can throw it to your partner. Go ahead, make sure you
are calling “mine” really loud. Good throw. Good Job. Nice set. Good. Get those knees low. We want to be
able to move. Left or righty? Couldn’t remember? Good. Good memory. You have to make sure your
partner is looking or you will hit her in the face. There you go. Nice. Right to target. But it was on your wrist. Make sure we are calling
mine really loud and we move our feet to the ball. Good. No, you didn’t call mine
so you are still going to do base release and then
you can go back and she can hit it. Ready. This better be perfect. That was a great bump. But you didn’t call mine. And you hit it way far. Ohh! You want to keep
it on our side. Did you know that four
UNI student athletes were honored as Academic
All-Americans last year? This is an incredible
accomplishment for each student, the athletic
department, and the entire University. Brad Wells has the story. Marcus Weymiller was
named a 1st team Academic All-American by CoSIDA. Weymiller led the Panthers
in rushing yards and touchdowns, has a 3.97 GPA in Public
Administration & Political Science and was awarded
the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Two UNI swimmers were
named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches
Association Honorable Mention Scholar
All-America teams for the second time in
their careers. Katie Taylor, as a junior,
earned MVC Titles in the 200 backstroke and the 200
IM, while having a 3.97 GPA, majoring in Finance. Crystal Florman, a senior,
held a 3.83 GPA as a Leisure, Youth & Human
Services major, and was named the MVC Swimmer of
the Year after claiming conference titles in
three individual events. After a third team honor
in 2018, UNI Track & Field’s Alex Jackson
earned First team Google Cloud Academic All-
-American honors carrying a 4.0 GPA in Biology, and
scored team points at the MVC Championships during
both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Still to come on this
edition of PST, we get a season preview of the
defensive unit for the football team, recap a
fun- -filled 10-day trip to Italy with the men’s
basketball program, and more with Mark Farley. This is PST

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