Kickoff to the 2007 season is just 17 days away! Be sure to follow the Crusaders from an insider's point of view each week in our new series 4 Downs with... In this week's edition, SID Rhett Burns caught up with QB Eric Moeller...
1. NGU was #1 in total offense last season in NCAA II. What must happen for NGU to be on top again this season?
It all starts up front, which not to put any pressure on the big guys, but when they play great then so goes the offense. So if they can continue their success from last year then thereís no reason why we canít be on top again.
2. What has been the biggest surprise of summer practice thus far?
The attitude of all the players. With 5 straight days of record heat, topping around 110 degrees, the intensity and excitement was still prevalent throughout practice.
3. What are the major changes you have seen in NGU football since arriving in 2004?
Swagger. To be a good football team you have to be confident and fearless. For some reason in 2004 we didnít have any of it, possibly because we had 8 starting freshmen on offense or possibly because we still played at a local high school. But the feel of the team now is different. We believe in ourselves, we believe in our coaches, and we believe if we play together we will win.
4. UVA-Wise has come back to defeat NGU the last two years. What are your thoughts going into this yearís game with Wise?
For me, this is the most important game of the season. By no means are they a bad football team, but the last two contests were given away by us in the 4th quarter. I think the majority of our team, including myself, focused on just getting to the end, trying to just finish the game, rather than staying focused on playing the game and dominating the other team. Tiger Woods said recently, "Once I get up by a stroke or two, I donít want to just coast in and win, I want to dominate. I want to be up by 3 strokes, then 6 strokes and so on. I love to dominate." That needs be our focus for the Wise game.