JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 13, 2021) – ETSU football met with the media following Saturday’s dominating home-opening win over UVA Wise, 45-14. ETSU Head Football Coach Randy Sanders was joined at the luncheon by junior running back Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) and redshirt-freshman defensive end Max Evans (Middletown, Ohio).
Below are comments from Coach Sanders, Saylors and Evans:
Head Coach Randy Sanders
What do you take away from the win on Saturday?
“It was good to get the win. I never want to not appreciate wins because you let one get away from you, you learn to really appreciate them when you get them. I thought we did a lot of good things but I also felt we played sloppy. We had too many penalties, too many missed assignments and too many missed tackles. We have to start faster on offense and defense. We have to make a lot of improvement as a football team to accomplish what we want to accomplish.”
Did you see improvement between week one and week two?
“There were areas that improved. Any time that you have a win like that first one, it is hard to get yourself back. We would show our maturity in week two based off how well we responded. It is hard to come off a big win like that and come right back again and play the next week. I thought our performance turned out to be very business-like and workmen-like. We did not have the energy and the emotion that I would like for us to have each week. You have so many guaranteed opportunities and we need to be excited about the nine opportunities that we have left.”
Is there an extra emphasis on this being the last non-conference game before SoCon play?
“I don’t know that there is any extra emphasis. No question that conference play is when everything starts to gear up and the results truly count when it comes time to looking at the playoffs. Every win is going to matter and every game counts. I am not going into this game looking at it as a “tune up”. I am going into this game to see how much better can we get and how much improvement we can make as individuals and as a team.”
Running Back – Jacob Saylors
Are you and Quay always pulling for each other?
“Absolutely! If you see us during the game, every time that one of us makes a big play the other one is usually right there. If we aren’t on the field together, the other one is waiting on the sideline to celebrate with each other. I would agree with Coach Sanders that we complement each other really well.”
How important is the balanced offense as the season progresses?
“In an essence it will be important. Coach Downs, our running backs coach, pushes us each week to become better week-by-week. It is always a goal for our backfield to get better each week. We are lucky to be as deep as we are.”
Defensive End – Max Evans
Where do you feel like the game turned on Saturday?
“Their first drive was an adjustment period. After the interception, we were able to get back into our groove and that is when we got comfortable and just did our thing. We take big pride in our defensive line in being able to stop the run and effect the quarterback. We are pretty happy about the success we have had.”
Do you feel that the defensive line plays with a chip on their shoulders?
“It is one of those things that we have such great defensive backs and linebackers that as long as we can do our job, you have to trust that the other 10 guys will do that as well. The defensive line as a whole plays with a chip on our shoulders because the focus may be on our linebackers and defensive backs. At the end of the day, we are all just happy and blessed to be out there and we are hoping to make a contribution to the defense as well.”
ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today!
For more information on Buccaneer football, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the football page.