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Q & A with Justin Rainey and Cade Becher

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August 10, 2006 · MT Media Relations

Senior LB Justin Rainey
1. What is the one thing that stands out to you more than anything else from today's practice?

"The defensive line stood out today. They were penetrating the line and they were in the backfield. They made it easy on the linebackers. I really think the entire defense stood out today because we made the offense work a little bit harder and that's why I think coach (Rick Stockstill) stopped practice and started it over. I think he wanted to see how mentally tough the offense was."

2. If you could play any other position on the field, what would it be and why?

"It would probably be running back because that's what I played (at Northwestern High School). I like running the ball, being physical and trying to run over people."

3. What is the best advice you have been given?

"Sometimes I lose my cool and (linebackers coach Art) Kaufman told me to stay focused on my keys and what I'm doing and it will make me a better player. That's the best advice I've had all year."

4. What are your thoughts on the 2006 season?

"I'm happy about the upcoming season. It's a new start for all of us. I think the offense is going to be better and I think the defense will do much better. We have some great coaches. Coach 'Stock' is a great coach and I'm just looking forward to it."

5. Which one of your teammates/coaches do you find to be the most interesting on or off the field and why?

"Probably (defensive lineman) Trevor Jenkins. He's a man of God. He's always positive and trying to push other people. That's one of the things that I try to do. Every time I am around him it helps me, just seeing him do things right."

6. What are some of your hobbies, interests, or hidden talents that someone may not know about?

"During the past couple of months my family moved up here - my wife (Alexis Gilliam) and son (Jayden). I enjoy spending time with my son because it's been about three years since I have been able to raise him. During my off time I spend all the time I can with my son."

Senior OL Cade Becher
1. What is the one thing that stands out to you more than anything else from today's practice?

"I think it's our toughness level. I think there are a few guys that are beat up and just kind of tired and it's weighing on them but this is the time when you figure out who are the men and who are the boys. I think we are playing hard and having fun but we obviously have more work to do."

2. If you could play any other position on the field, what would it be and why?

"That would be fullback because it's intense and violent. I love the skill and all of that with the offensive line but it would be nice to grab a ball and score a touchdown some of these times."

3. What is the best advice you have been given?

"Man up. In America we don't really have a rite of passage into manhood. That's what football is to me personally. That's how I know I am a man. I can come out and bust my tail and I know I'm working hard. That's kind of my rite of passage."

4. What are your thoughts on the 2006 season?

"It's obviously a long season. I just want to have fun and see where we are, kind of a measuring stick as we go."

5. Which one of your teammates do you find to be the most interesting on or off the field and why?

"I would have to say (offensive lineman) Germayle Franklin. He always seems to have an upbeat attitude but he always knows his stuff. He is always focused but there is always a piece of him that is happy. I didn't know you could be serious and happy at the same time. That's something I wish I could understand. It's a trait of his I wish I had."

6. What are some of your hobbies, interests, or hidden talents that someone may not know about?

"I'm a big music buff. I enjoy alternative music. I spend most of my free time listening to stuff most people haven't heard of and kind of call it my own."

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