Feature on RB coach Alex Gerke

Praising coach Gerke, RB Daniel Libre said:
“He’s a tough coach, but that’s why I like him. He really pushes us. We’re in really good shape because of him.” (HA)

About how he demands that his RBs work at a fast pace during position drills and does not allow them to stand in the shade, Gerke said:
“The game is basically by fundamentals. You play the game 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, and everything else falls into place. The mind controls the body. The body doesn’t control the mind. If you want guys to be tough, that’s how you have to work it. You’ve got to put the pedal to the metal every day on top of them.” (HA)

About how this is the first time he’s coached RBs, as he was an OL at Utah and an OL coach before, Gerke said:
“I’ve been a line guy forever.” (HA)

Describing his coaching approach, Gerke said:
“it’s just fundamentals. I’ve never played running back, but if you’ve coached offensive linemen, you understand what those guys have to do to be a good running back.” (HA)

About how Gerke allows open discussions during video sessions, Libre said:
“In meetings, we do that a lot.” (HA)

About how Gerke gets the best out of him, LWJ said:
“He gets me to play harder. He gets that little oomph that you have deep down to come out.” (HA)

HA Note: “Gerke has helped Wright-Jackson, who is 6 feet 1, run with a lower stride. He also has lobbied for more playing time for unheralded Jayson Rego. Against Florida, Rego made two big blocks, including a true pancake play — he flipped over a pass-rusher.”

Praising Rego, Gerke said:
“He’s a tough nut. I’ve said that from day one. I love that kid. I absolutely love him because he’ll give you everything he’s got.” (HA)

About how he was Weber State’s assistant head coach in 2006 and 2007, Gerke said:
“I love (head coach) Ron McBride, and I love those players there like they were my own blood, just like the guys here. No matter where you coach, it’s how you feel.” (HA)

Asked if regrets leaving to coach the Warriors, Gerke said:
“Nope. [This is] a place I felt is one of the top places in the country to coach, if not the best, kind of a Shangri-La thing.” (HA)

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