Updates on the QBs

About the criticism he has been getting as the #1 QB, Inoke said:
“It comes with the territory.” (HA)

About how some fans booed him during the SJSU game, Inoke said:
“I’m harsh on myself, too. I understand where they’re coming from. There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s understandable. Fans will be fans. You can’t be mad at them. They’re fans. That’s what they see. I can see it from their perspective, like, ‘Dang, Inoke, you can’t be doing that. You can’t be turning the ball over. You have to be doing better.’ I understand. You have to stay strong mentally, and try to do what you can.” (HA)

HA Note: “Except for the turnovers — which were a combination of miscommunication, broken routes and, yes, poor throws — Funaki graded well during the game, especially in the first half. Funaki’s improved play and Tyler Graunke’s still-sore right hand led to the coaches’ decision on the starting quarterback for Saturday’s road game against 22nd-ranked Fresno State.”

About how he has to limit bad decisions and turnovers, Inoke said:
“I have to minimize that stuff. Even if someone throws for 400 yards and four touchdowns, the four turnovers are going to kill (the positive plays). Obviously, I didn’t throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns. I accounted for four turnovers. That will kill any offense.” (HA)

About how he expected to get criticism, especially following Colt, Inoke said:
“There’s always going to be negative vibes. Even Colt, who is one of the best to come out of this program, despite doing so well, there were people out there criticizing (him) and stuff. For me, someone who hasn’t even won a game yet, of course I expect a lot of people to be jumping on me. I jump on myself a lot, too. You have to try and clear it. … I try to do the best that my coaches tell me to do.” (HA)

About how he’s going to try to give Alexander and Rausch some practice reps now, Mack said:
“They’re both pure run-and-shoot quarterbacks with strong arms. Just for our future, whether they play this year or not, we need to get them reps.” (HSB)

“We have to make a decision on the two JC guys. Not because we’re playing for next year, but we’ve got to get the guy some reps. They are both pure run-and-shoot quarterbacks with strong arms and just for our future, whether they play this year or not, we need to get them reps.” (HSB)

About how he has gained 15 pounds (he now weighs 200 pounds), Rausch said that it came from:
“just lifting every day and these things.” (HA)

About being named #1 QB during training camp and not getting much playing time during the season, Rausch said:
“You can’t get mad about that. The better player has to play.” (HA)

About not playing since the first game of the season, Alexander said:
“You have to go with it and see what happens.” (HA)

Mack said that their staff felt that Tyler’s throwing hand had healed enough to play against SJSU, but:
“it affects his velocity on the ball and he can’t shake your hand right now. But he’s a competitor and he wants to play, but I think we have to be smart about that.” (HSB)

About how they changed their offense a little to take advantage of Inoke’s strengths, Mack said:
“We did do different things with him. We sprinted him out, we ran option with him. He made a couple of bad decisions on the interceptions, which comes with experience. He needs to keep himself up the entire ballgame, he needs to be a leader. The players love him.” (HSB)


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