Week #9 OPOTW
QB Tucker Dowden, Missouri
20 of 25 for 325 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 5 carries for 48 yards, 0 TD vs Kentucky
One of the celebrated, great quarterbacks of this current collegiate era, Tucker Dowden won his first Offensive Player of the Week award last week. Unfortunately, he was unable to sit down for an interview, due to a birth in his family! We congratulate Tucker for his great performance, and wish him and his family all the best going forward with their happy bundle of joy!
Week #9 DPOTW
DE Javier Grady, North Texas
3 sacks, 5 tackles vs Florida Atlantic (L)
One of the greatest defenders to ever grace the collegiate stage, Javier Grady wins an unprecedented 4th National Defensive Player of the Week Title for a valient effort in a losing performance against Florida Atlantic. In lieu of Javier's interview, we were able to secure a POTW first, a coach interview with Pizzarolls.
Coach, Javier had 3 sacks in an incredible individual performance, but your Mean Green still lost. What are your thoughts on his showing and the game overall?
I never run out of good things to say about Grady. He's everything you'd want in a defensive captain. His competitiveness is unmatched, his work ethic is strong and his motor is a constant pedal to the floor. I know he is upset we are not at least a 0.500 team this year but he's doing a great job making the rest of the team see we can get back there if we play like winners. His individual performances are outstanding and his team work and leadership skills are growing at a steady rate. Stepping back and looking at the team as a whole, I'm proud knowing we have already broken our single season win record. That floor was low but I hope to continue to raise the ceiling as high as Javier raises his draft stock every week.
Coach, Grady is the second North Texas "superstar", following former Mean Green and current New Orleans Saints receiver Sean Jenkins. What is it about this program that sees generational talents appear every so often?
Grady chose us because of the culture we have here at North Texas. We talked with him back and forth a few times and he said he didn't have to consider options, he was ready to sign.. As for what it is about the program? It's hard to put a finger on one particular standout factor. I would like to think we are starting to see bigger talent show up because they see what's in store for the future of this program and want to be apart of it.
Being a program in the fertile recruiting grounds of Texas, how do you see North Texas doing next season and the years to come?
I think we've have had a great recruiting class so far this year. Texas just breeds football and we're in a very liberal, fun area for students to attend. I don't know if you've ever been to Denton but the culture is fantastic. I couldn't be happier with some of the guys who have already committed with us. I think in three to four years you could see us not only go above 0.500 but start actually challenging Rice and a few other teams for a C-USA title. I have really high expectations for the redshirts this year and even more for the caliber of athletes coming in this recruiting class. I wake up in the middle of the night all the time scrambling for a pen and paper, smartphone, anything i can find to jot down ideas i have about new roles for these kids and new ways to integrate them in with our upperclassmen. Great things are in the mix but right now the spot light is on the Grady Train.
Where do you think Javier Grady is going to stand in the history books, not just in North Texas, but in college football as a whole?
Well, he's up there. Of course I'm going to say he's top of the list. When you feed that kid's ego he leaves whole offensive lines on their backs. He chose CUSA for a number of reasons and he says that he doesn't regret it. I think he would be making the same impact in the SEC and I think the fact that he shows loyalty towards a team that, at this time, is not the most successful, it proves that he will make a monstrous impact for whatever NFLHC team that drafts him in the early first round. Win or lose he just wants to hit Quarterbacks.
Thanks for sitting down with me coach. Before I leave do you have any shout outs or statements to the fans?
Sorry, not really, we've got work to do. Thank you for your time.
Thanks to pizzarolls for the interview this week. Best of luck to all the players in Week 10!
Previous National POTW Award Winners