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September 11, 2013

UNLV Prep: Saylor Lavallii

CMU running back Saylor Lavallii addressed the media this week prior to the trip to UNLV. He talked about being the No. 1 running back and his offensive line's play.



On how the passing game set up the running game:

"You can never be a one-dimensional team. Once we started hooking up with receivers, it started opening up some running lanes for us."

On getting better as the game goes on:

"At halftime, we really came together and said we have to get back on track. We came together as a group. The offensive line, receivers and Cooper, picked it up first and then it was my turn to pick it up. I had to get my share."

On the excitement of being the No. 1 running back:

"What's not to be excited about? I'm glad to have this opportunity and hopefully I can help the team win."

On having a third starting quarterback in three games:

"Cooper and I came in as freshmen together, we roomed together and we are from the same area, so I'm comfortable around 'Coop'."

On what he learned from his first career start?

"You just have to go out there and get a rhythm. We did not get off to the start that we wanted to against UNH and that has to change the rest of the season. We have to come out more aggressive."

On being more confident about this team, being the starter now:

"I don't think it's a confidence role, it's more of a leadership role. I think all the guys in our running back group do a great job back there. I'm just doing my part trying to win football games."

On the offensive line play:

"You will have to ask Coach Cummings that. I just do my job and hit the holes. We had a few cracks against UNH, but we will get that fixed."

On the difference in the offense having Cooper Rush at quarterback, instead of Alex Niznak or Cody Kater:

"I think Cooper ran the spread in high school. He can do it all. I don't really know about the play-calling, I just do what they say and run the play."

On opposing defense looks, with the starting of new quarterbacks:

"Against UNH, they dared us to throw the ball a little bit. But as a running back, we just do our job in the backfield."

On things he can improve on:

"I think [the offense] can improve at everybody being on the same page. There was a short yardage play that I should've scored on, but that was on me, and it won't happen again."

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