To be honest, I'm excited again to be head coach here at Illinois State. There was a time here when I'm not sure I could say I was excited. My tenure here has not been an easy one. I feel we've got new leadership in the department, we've got good direction in the program. I feel that we're going to get a little bit of traction here and really become productive.
In coaching the old adage is you'd really like to come in behind someone they wanted to run out of town on a rail. (The previous staff) came in here and had great success, unprecedented success in the I-AA era. They set that high-water mark, and we fell short of it. That was disappointing to me. I'm sure it was disappointing to the fans and everyone involved in the program here.
It's a tough deal when you've got one quarterback. Brockway has been like one of those mules that carry people in and out of the Grand Canyon. We're working him to death. I'm sure he's tired, but it's been a great spring for him. He's learned a lot and he's really improved. Right now, I think we could win with Kevin Brockway.
I don't know if Luke was nervous, but I was. You have a sophomore quarterback who has never started a college game and the first time he takes the field he's on his own 20-yard line and staring at a very good Big 12 defense. He didn't complete a pass on his first couple of tries, but once he completed one he turned the ball loose with a little more confidence.