A Q&A with Joe Craddock

Craddock ready to take leadership role

August 7, 2007 · Russell Luna, GBR

This year you're number one on the depth chart going into fall practice. What goals have you set for yourself this fall?

I want to stay confident and make sure that my team knows I am a leader and they can be behind me no matter what. I don't want to make any mistakes or do anything stupid. My main goal is to take care of the ball and make sure we have possession at the end of the play.

You played two seasons under Clint Marks. What did you learn from Clint and how do you plan to utilize it?

He's a smart quarterback. He made a lot of good decisions. Hopefully, I'll be able to make the same good reads and decisions he made the past few years.

How has G.A. Mangus and Rick Stockstill helped you develop into the quarterback role?

Coach Mangus and Coach Stockstill are two of the best coaches I've ever been around. Coach Mangus is a great quarterbacks coach. He has gotten me in a rhythm that has me better than I have ever been in my life. I feel so confident taking my drop and delivering the football.

You are considered to be more of a dual threat quarterback. What valuable asset do you believe you bring most to the team?

I've always been called a great leader. I believe that is the best aspect of my game. I take pride in being a leader for this team.

How did your knee injury in 2005 and your recent off-season surgery make you a stronger quarterback?

The knee surgery made me believe everyday could be my last day. I want to take advantage of every time I'm out there. The scope humbled me a bit more after winning the job this spring.

Coach Stockstill made the surprising news naming you the starter early in the spring. Are their any added pressures because of this?

It didn't add any pressure at all. I came out this spring wanting to win the job and expecting to win it. If there was any added pressure, I had already put it on myself.

At Briarwood High School, you were known as a "clutch player." How are those experiences going to help you as the starter for the Blue Raiders?

Those experiences helped me out a lot in developing as a quarterback and starting off my career. I was fortunate to be in a position to make plays but my offensive line and receivers played just as big a role as I did. It's a team game and it really does not matter who makes the big play as long as we win.

You gained valuable experience by playing in nine games last season. How does that help ease your confidence, knowing that you have been in pressure packed situations?

They helped me a lot. This year will be a lot better because I'm not completely new, so it gives me an advantage.

How will winning a Sun Belt Conference title and making it to a bowl game last season, help the Blue Raiders in 2007?

It was a great experience. We really bonded as one on a long trip together. I felt that the bonding from last year will really help us play more as a team this season. It's an experience you will never forget.

Since you have faced them everyday, what is your take on the Blue Raider defense this year?

The defense is going to be great. They have depth and they are going to be one of the best defenses in the league this season. When you face a defense like that everyday, you can't help but get better.

What song in your Ipod would surprise people?

"Long haired Country Boy" by the Charlie Daniels Band or "Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams

If you could be a superhero, who would it be and why?
Batman. My mom has a lot of funny tapes of me being Batman when I was a kid.

Which professional sport, besides football, do you enjoy the most?
Baseball and golf have always been passions of mine.

Which do you prefer, Gatorade or water?

What internet web site do you visit everyday?
GoBlueRaiders.com, of course.

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