FROM SCOTTSDALE -- Here's some of what Huskies quarterback Jeff Lindquist said today after the Huskies practice at Chaparral High School.
(On his 2014 season and learning the new system) “Obviously that first game was great learning, great experience. I got to start. That was awesome. From there it’s really just been a way to learn and get better. even if I’m not playing on Saturday, there are still lots of opportunities to get better and just be the best Jeff that I can be, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”
(What did you learn this year?) “Just getting comfortable with the system has been a big part of it. In games you get to see how plays and stuff actually work out against real defenses, in terms of a game setting. I guess just a lot of watching, a lot of learning. I don’t really have a perfect answer for it, but it’s just been a lot of good experience and good learning.”
(Anything specifically that was difficult to adjust to?) “I don’t think one part in particular. It’s probably just a thing of getting comfortable with it. The whole team has gotten a lot better with that.”
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(On competition for backup QB with Troy Williams) “It’s one of those things, neither of us are selfish people or selfish players, so really, it looks like a competition but we’re just out there trying to help the Huskies win. It’s kind of a cliché answer, but it’s the truth. We’re just out there trying to get a win in the win category. That’s been the main goal the whole time.”
(On having a handful of snaps on offense each game) “They just find ways to use me that can help the team, and I’ve been all for that, because obviously it’s great playing and it’s fun to be out there, and however I can help the team, that’s what I’m going to do.”
(Have you worked on your punting?) “It’s actually kind of a fun joke we have. Cyler, no matter where he kicks the ball, he always gets rolls down to like the 2-yard line. I can kick it perfect and it’ll roll backward 20 yards. So I don’t know how to fix that. It’s not worth spending my time on because it’ll never get fixed.”
(Does it help you to stay engaged knowing you’ll have a package of plays?) “That definitely helps. The goal is even if you don’t have plays specifically for me or for anybody else, you’re still fully in the gameplan. And again, I’ve been getting work on punt and field goal, so that’s kind of been … I’ve still been able to get in the game even if it’s not on offense.”
(Any frustration this season?) “Obviously I’d like to be out there playing every snap, but it’s life and that’s the situation I put myself in. I’m just out here to help the team. Whatever happens, happens. As long as we get wins, that’s what’s important.”
(Work at all on holding for kicks?) “Actually, after a certain point it kind of becomes a natural thing. I had to work on it a lot earlier in the year when I was getting used to it, but now I just usually do it during practice and that’s usually good enough.”