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Berhe, Quigley Meet The Media In Vegas

July 22, 2013

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Get Acrobat Reader SDSU Student-Athlete Mountain West Football Media Day Quotes

LAS VEGAS -- Below are quotes from San Diego State Football student-athletes Nat Berhe and Bryce Quigley from Mountain West Conference Media Day.

2013 Mountain West Football Media Day
San Diego State Quotes

Senior defensive back Nat Berhe

On the new spearing rule:
"You're going to play how you're going to play. At this point and this level, you're going to play the same way that you've been taught throughout your career. (The game's) getting a bit more cautious, and I understand that, but a big tackle can change the game. There's nothing you can do about it sometimes. I understand the safety behind it, but you've been training to do something for so long and it's hard to change what you know."

On the cornerback situation after losing two starters:
"You can't replace a guy like Leon (McFadden). He only comes along once in a while and you're lucky if you get him. The younger guys have seen his success and want that success. It's time for them to grow up and this is a good opportunity. They're working hard. They want to get to the level that Leon and Josh (Wade) were at."

On if this year's team can make another jump to the next level:
"I believe it's getting there. We can't dwell on last year's team. This is a new year. This year's team has higher aspirations than last year's team. We want to be playing in a BCS bowl game. We have the talent and confidence and we think we can win every game."

On Utah State and San Jose State joining the league:
"They bring a different type of feel to the league. I haven't played against Utah State since my freshman year and San Jose State beat us last year. It's good for San Diego to add both teams and it's good for our fan base. They're the real deal."

On the win at Boise State last year:
"It was a great game played on a big stage. We had learned a lot from the Nevada game a few weeks before. Coach (Rocky) Long says we do what we do, no matter who we play and we all have that mentality now. (Boise) was a tough place to play, a hostile territory. It was more of a heavyweight fight. We hit them, then they hit us."

On being back in the Mountain West:
"I'm excited and happy to be back. We have new teams like San Jose State and Utah State. Those are great teams. Our league is turning into something big. Our league has gotten so much better. They're all great teams and everyone has a chance to win. This league is starting to become something special.

"We are being looked up to now, too. We want to win our 20th conference championship. Beating these good teams is huge for our program."

On playing against running back Adam Muema in practice:
"(The offense) likes to pound the rock. Day in day out at practice and in games, he's a workhouse. (The defense) probably isn't going to see a running back like him throughout the season."

On always being around the ball and making lots of tackles:
"I've just got a knack for it. Getting to the ball was always tough in high school when I was a cornerback. Playing in the middle of the field now makes things a whole lot easier. I want to thank Coach Long for putting me in this position to play the premier spot on the defense. He says get to the ball and things can happen. I just have a nose for the ball."

Senior offensive lineman Bryce Quigley

On SDSU's blocking scheme changing from last year with a new offensive coordinator:
"It will pretty much be the same. There will be some little tweaks here and there, but it will be pretty consistent to last year."

On personal goals for the 2013 season:
"I definitely want to be on the first team. This offseason I've been working on pass blocking, because when I was tight end I was blocking for the run most of the time. I've improved my pass blocking a lot. I'm excited for the season to start."

On catching a touchdown pass in the spring game:
"It was exciting. I still have the hands working a little bit. My feet don't quite work as fast as they used to be, but I'm all right."

On moving to a two-division league:
"I like it. I like adding San Jose State and Utah State. They're quality teams. I love the championship game, because you really have a winner. Unlike last year, where we had three teams tie, this year there will be a real champion."

On the running game:
"Well it starts with Adam Muema. He's such a great talent. With Adam back there and Chad Young blocking, our job on the offensive line is a lot easier. It's fun watching him work and follow our blocks. He takes off when he runs. Some of the times I don't even know where he's at. When you have a running game like that, that opens up the passing game."

On the team's goals for the 2013 season:
"Winning No. 20, another conference championship. That's the first goal in mind. From there move into the top 25 and play in bigger bowl games. Ultimately that's what we're trying to do. We're getting closer each year. Each year we're improving. Hopefully this year we get into the top 25."