fans in the in seats a key to winning, Guy says
TALKIN' MOTIVATION: Football
coach Brent Guy responds to a question from Al Lewis.
/ Photo by Mikaylie Kartchner
By Irene Hannagan
September 8, 2006 | USU football needs its fans in
That's the word from Coach Brent Guy, who spoke with
KVNU's Al Lewis about last Saturday's 38-7 loss to Wyoming.
It's how USU students can help the Aggies win, he said
at the weekly Brent Guy radio show, Thursday night in
the TSC Marketplace.
Guy opened by asking USU students to give their energy
to the team.
"We need the students in the stands,"
The students are the lifeblood of the university and
when they're cheering from the sidelines, distracting
the other team during play calls and just present at
games, it gives the players the motivation to win, he
Most questions at the Coach's Show focused
on what students can do to help the team and how Guy
is keeping his players motivated.
When asked what students can do Guy responded that
distracting hand gestures and shouts for the other team
and cheers for USU are the best help.
"At home it's the energy and excitement,"
he said. "On a road game you're cheering for yourself."
USU students have a chance to give their energy at
Sept. 9 game against the University of Utah.
When asked what his motivation is, guest football
player Leon Jackson III, quarterback and native of Long
Beach, Calif., shared that he is motivated to win by
his mother, who suffers from sickle cell anemia.
"My mom used her situation to shed light on
what I need to work on," said Jackson.
Like their own families, the team has become a family
through camp, practice and workouts in the weight room
at 5 a.m.
"You end up with close friends," said
Teammate Daryl Fields, linebacker and native of Encino,
Calif., joined the discussion before Jackson arrived
and discussed the youthful appearance of this year's
"We're still a young team," he said. "The
more [we] play together the better [we] get."
After a lopsided loss to Wyoming last weekend, Fields
is looking forward to the game against Arkansas Saturday
"[They're] ripe for the taking," said Fields.
Guy had encouraging words for fans when he responded
to the question of how he keeps the team motivated.
"We have to play every game one at a time,"
said Guy, "and fix mistakes Tuesday rather than
The team is focusing on executing and finishing plays
against Arkansas. That was an important factor missing
from Wyoming's game, Jackson explained.
The new Western Athletic Conference (WAC) timing and
clock rules made the plays at Wyoming a little more
difficult, Guy said. Rule changes require the clock
to start anytime a change of possession happens (fumbles
and recoveries) and whenever the toe touches the ball.
Saturday's game against Arkansas may have a familiar
ring to the plays since Arkansas head coach, Houston
Nut, and Guy are former teammates at Oklahoma State
University. They also coached together for five years.
Despite the loss to Wyoming and the power of Arkansas,
Guy is preparing his team for a large crowd and a fast
The Brent Guy radio show is every Thursday from 6
to 7 p.m. Next week's is at the LDS Institute.