Major Applewhite on The Matt Thomas Show - Dec 18


(Patrick) #1

(Patrick) #2
  • Leaving today (Tuesday) for Honolulu after practice yesterday. Long trip
  • Never played a bad bowl game or a bad team in the bowl game
  • Tough on families to see the last game because you usually have to travel far
  • Tedford has turned around Fresno State quickly in his first year
  • FSU has a great defense, lists off stats
  • Losses have come to Alabama, Washington and Boise State…pretty good opponents
  • Spending more time in the offensive game room with Johnson gone
  • Different element to bowl season with signing day on Wednesday
  • Coach Guiton goes upstairs for the game. Receivers have to adjust.
  • No recruiting on and off campus - dead period started Monday. Can only talk on phone
  • No contact while in the air. About the time we land and check-in, kids will be signing.
  • Extremely excited about players coming in. Great guys and parents.
  • Cool part of the business, to be able to sit in the living rooms with the parents and listen to their stories.
  • Positive for the players and coaches to sign early.
  • Better for the next class as the coaches can focus on the next year’s class sooner
  • February signing date still in play.
  • You don’t sign early, are you really committed? We probably need to move on if you aren’t willing to sign early.
  • List off possible reasons why kids wouldn’t sign early. Legitimate reasons would be that kids didn’t really get to play until their senior year and are just now getting noticed.
  • Exciting time with Ed Oliver on the awards circuit. Very humble kid that’s focused. Great to see Houston on the national stage and great to see a Houston kid win awards with UH.
  • Matt mentions that Pezman and he are good friends.
  • No significant injuries going into the bowl game.
  • Will get to tend to a 2 year old on the long flight to Ed. Jokes that he’ll sit him next to Ed Oliver and let them have fun together.