Interview with Tight Ends coach Jake Moreland

BS: As a previous tight end, how do you see the role of the tight end in this attack and how a play pass can lead to the big plays?

J.M.: “I think to get your playing pass you have to be able to run the ball. So it all comes down to being able to run the ball. And that’s when our big games happen, or we have a chance to happen. In the tight room, especially in this offense, we’ll take our chances. When we get it. We’ll have the chance to expand the field, maybe get some one-on-one matches with safety or the midfielders, and then the pass to play, that’s going to be our chance to really shine.”

BS: We haven’t seen a lot of Dulcich due to injury, but would you expect his transition to direct action to be so smooth due to the nature of his skill set?

J.M.: “I really do that. He does a great job in meetings, and that’s something I respect a lot. It’d be easy for him to just get paid and say, ‘Oh, I’m hurt,’ and just push the money and go rehab and those kinds of things. But he asks questions. Great. He’s really harmonious, so when he comes back, he shouldn’t skip a beat.”

BS: One of the things I’ve noticed about the coaching staff, especially in the case of an attack, is that there’s a lot of energy and a lot of hugs. How did the players respond to that?

J.M.: “I think they’ve responded really well. It’s okay to show a little emotion and have a little juice when you’re out here. This game is tough enough as it is, but it’s a big thing.” [Offensive Coordinator Justin Outten] It is preaching and that [Head] Fitness Trainer [Nathaniel] Hackett also preaches — attack, defense, special teams, the whole deal — that the more we care about each other, the better our team will be. On offense, we take great pride in the fact that we are all together. Whether a man scores a touchdown or not, the man standing in front of the touchdown – everyone has their different roles. So whoever does a good job at it, we want to make sure everyone gets the accolades for it. And the technical staff is trying to achieve this. I think if the guys can see that we’re having a good time together, it’s okay for them to have a good time together too. We’re still getting our work done and it’s still tough work. It’s still hard work when they get out there. But you can have fun while you do hard things.”

BS: You started your internship at Elmhurst, a Division III school. When you think of that first year or so, what catches your eye right now?

J.M.: “I’m thinking about how far I’ve come. I spent 18 years coaching college football and started in Division Three, trained in Division Two and then got lucky enough to be in Division One level for a number of years. And you know, even being in Colorado – I’ve I spent four years in the Air Force Academy – and being in the Air Force Academy has really helped me as a coach become the best way to communicate the things that need to be communicated to players about their abilities. And then go into the field. I look at everything I’ve done to get to this point, and I’m still You know. That’s the best part. And again, it’s up to our coaching staff as well: This coaching staff allows growth. We’re looking for growth in everyone, not just players, but coaches alike. So it’s really fun to be around those persons”.

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