Mark Farley, UNI Football interview Oct. 12, 2018 (1 of 3)

Mark Farley, UNI Football interview Oct. 12, 2018 (1 of 3)


BRAD: Joined with UNI head football coach Mark Farley after a good showing against top ranked North Dakota State in the UNI- Dome. Final score 56 to 31. And coach, your Panthers really jumped out to a very hot start, North Dakota State then in the end able to own that fourth quarter, but after you look at the film, what’s your overal impression of your entire football performance on Saturday? COACH: Well, with six minutes to go in the the game it’s 35-31. We get possession of the footbal and that was the that drive we didn’t counter, but it was back and forth all day long to that point. Then when we got towards the end there, we went in there to win the football game so we were just doing some things to find a way back into it. But, you know, when you’re looking at six minutes to go, six minutes ten seconds, something like that, and you’re 35-31, playing very good offense, great on special teams, it was we weren’t as efficient on defense as what we needed to be. BRAD: The offense relly had an outstanding performance. Over 450 yards of total offense, a lot of that passing yards, but were you pleased with what you saw to the offense? COACH: I was pleased. We really started off well. We hit the pass to Briley in the third play of the game, got out to a 14-0 start, so we came out well, and then countered well, even to the last two minute drive before half time. So, and then there was one point they got the lead back and re-took the lead. So, I felt offensively the poise, the consistancy, the confidence that you need to play in a game like that, we played in. BRAD: So many of your scoring drives were long sustaining drives where it was plays of seven to thirteen plays in those scoring drives. What’s a key to putting together those big drives? COACH: Well, that’s the players, thats the players with discipline, thats the consistancy that you look for. You’ve got to play at a very high level betweent the whistles, but to sustain a drive with that kind of temperament to it in that kind of game, it really takes a great discipline and a self discipline. BRAD: The offense really had a fantastic performance on third downs in that football game seven of sixteen and I think I have six different wide receivers converting a third down reception offensively. COACH: Yeah, I thought our protection was very good, I thought the receivers made contested catches and that’s what you have to do, I mean that’s what we should do each and every week, that’s what we set our sights on, and that’s what we need to improve coming off that game, we need to improve and get better for this week. BRAD: At half time 24-21 your UNI Panthers led number one North Dakota State. Were you surprised at how high scoring that first half was? COACH: You know, it was. I didn’t expect the scoring the wasy it was going to be. Usually, that’s the final score. And, both offenses played very good, but in today’s football, and the players that are on that football field, there’s a lot of quality and a lot of athletes on that field. BRAD: In the third quarter North Dakota State took their first lead of the football game, your team able to respond though and regain the lead. Do you like how your guys just contintued to fight to the very end? COACH: Well, that’s expected, I mean, it’s not if you like it, we expect that. We expect to finish and that was the only thing going down that last stretch, is they were stronger going down that last six minute stretch than we were. They made a couple plays we needed to make and that was kind of that counterbalance that got us in the end. BRAD: North Dakota State getting that lead in that fourth quarter. Was there anything that you saw defensively? Was it breakdowns or was it just North Dakota Stae calling the right play on a right situtation? COACH: No, there was one play previous to the score change, and there was one play they got us on the play, but other than that it was more somebody didn’t get off a block or we didn’t make an open field tackle, and they made a run. So that’s part of football, that’s why we play the game that’s why we scored 31 points that’s why they got what they got, because you’ve got to have players make plays with the ball in their hands, and that’s what they did. BRAD: Being so close to knocking off number one in the country, what do you hope the guys can learn from this past Saturday? COACH: That we didn’t go in there to get any consolation prize of taking leads and things like that. And, we need to go back and look at that tape, understand what we’re capable of, but also understand what we need to improve on. BRAD: Alright, we’ve got more with UNI head football coach, Mark Farley coming up. We also have a story on UNI senior offensively lineman, Cal Twait, right around the corner, this is Panther Sports Talk. BRAD: Panther fans held their breath as 4 year starter, Cal Twait was slow to get up after a play against North Dakota State. At 6 feet 5 inches, over 300 pounds, he’s been UNI’s lock ’em down left tackle. As we hope this son of a college coach is able to return, Cal is planning for not just a strong finish to his senior season, he’s looking forward to when his time comes to take everything he learns and passes it on to the next generation. Eric Braley with the story. ERIC: He’s UNI’s most experienced offensive lineman. Senior Cal Twait was UNI’s 1st true-freshman to start on the offensive line since the Panthers moved to division 1 in 1981. In his four years, he’s earned multiple all conference honors and was named a captain this season. He’s also in his 4th year as a physical education major, in UNI’s college of education. It’s been a great department for me to be in. I’ve got a lot of great experience here. I’ve worked in elementary schools in Waterloo and Cedar Falls and got a lot of experience already and so I’ll be taking classes all this Fall and hopefully I”ll be trying for a shot at the NFL but if that doesn’t work I’ll be student teaching next Fall. ERIC: Teaching is the family business for the Twait family just as much as coaching is. His grandma Margaret was a middle school teacher for over 30 years, and her husband Duane Twait is a legendary high school football coach who led Emmetsburg to 339 wins and 7 state title. One thing I’ve been hearing from a lot of people is that he was a great football coach but he was a great PE teacher so I think that is very cool that he was able to not just choose being a football coach, he was able to get to the other students in the school and influence a lot of people through his physical education department and my dad was also a business education major so he taught typing and stuff so he’s not a great computer guy but I thought that was funny. But he taught HS for awhile and was a HS coach before going to college. ERIC: While his dad Kevin is in his 19th season at Iowa Central, there’s a new generation of Twait’s preparing to take over the family business. Cal’s brother Kyle Twait is an assistant at Grand View, and Cal is still navigating which level he would like to start coaching once his playing days are over. I definitely want to become, right now I don’t know if I want to be a college coach or HS coach but I defintiely want to coach when I’m older. ERIC: While Cal wraps up his playing career for UNI as a 4 year starter on the offensive line, he’s also getting a jump start to his coaching career…helping guide the entire group of offensive linemen to become better players and to become a cohesive unit. Oh sure, he takes those Freshmen under his wing a little bit. You can hear him in the background coaching them up when he’s not taking reps. He is a great teammate and person and we are better off having him on this football team. BRAD: The Panther football team is on the road Saturday before returning to the UNI-Dome for the homecoming game against South Dakota State, in a 4pm kick. Still to come we’ll preview the road game next on the list for the Panthers, and look at a defensive lineman doing his job up front. And the UNI volleyball team’s setter, it’s Dike New Hartford product Rachel Koop, coming up. The MidWestOne Bank, Where are they now, Panther is Jamar Thompson. A three time All-MVFC pick including a 1st team honor in 2010, Jamar was linebacker for three conference championships and three FCS Playoff appearances. Jamar is in his third year as the Director of Development for UNI Athletics at the UNI Foundation, building relationships and resources to the University of Northern Iowa.

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