Matt Farniok Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Pre-Northwestern

Matt Farniok
Sophomore, Offensive Lineman
On his performance after watching film
“Honestly, I think we did pretty well, it was just the little things. Like for me, most of my penalties came from me taking too many kicks, not having my eyes on the right spot, it was just those little things… drive killers. You just can’t win with the amount of penalties that we had.”

On if players are thinking about penalties a lot lately because it’s been a recent issue
“No, we want to do our job the best we can. If it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty, but we’re going to move on and we’re going to keep fighting. When it’s a penalty, you can’t change it, it is what it is. Make the next play better.”

On how the team’s rallying back after that loss at Michigan
“We’ve just been doing what we’ve been taught, trusting our technique, really counting on the man to our left, on the man to our right… believing in ourselves, believing in our coaches, and believing in our teammates. I think it’s just… we’re on the right track to where we need to go.”

On how the spirit of things were in today’s practice  
“Really the same as always. This group of guys… it’s a great group of guys, from senior to freshmen. We’ve got the work ethic no matter what happens the day before, the week before. Our main focus is that day, and we’re going to give everything we’ve got, from just effort to technique, we’re going to try to make it as perfect as we can.”

On if it’s frustrating or encouraging to see high numbers for both total offense and penalty yards
“Really it’s both. We’re getting production, but we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re driving the ball down, and then also we’re getting big plays negated because I had a hold. I mean… it’s frustrating. No one wants that. We want it to be perfect. We want to win games playing it simple, but we just kept hurting ourselves in the end to where everything we got moving forward either got brought back or was negated.”

On if it takes time to get used to a new quarterback
“[Freshman quarterback] Adrian [Martinez] is an amazing player… he’s an 18-year-old kid that came in and took the reins of really a good Big Ten offense. The only difference is he’s pretty mobile. He’s definitely a switch up from a pocket passer, and it’s a little more exciting, especially when he decides to scramble, just give him all the time in the world. He’s a young quarterback, we just have to give him as much time as he wants, that’s what it comes down to.”

On if there’s something to do in particular as a lineman when playing with a quarterback like Martinez
“For the most part, the easiest way to negate that is just give him a good pocket. If we open up windows, if we lock our guys down, and he can just sit there all day, then it’ll make our job a lot easier. If he does end up getting flushed out, then it’s just trying to get as close as you can to him and stop the nearest guy from getting close.”

On what Martinez is like in the huddle
“Well, we don’t really huddle, but on the sideline, for an 18-year-old… he’s amazing. He’s a calm guy, he’s never down on himself, he’s always wanting to push it forward. He’s going to be a fantastic player, and even better than what he is now.”

On if Martinez’s leadership role changed since fall camp ended
“He’s gotten a little bit more vocal since he’s getting more comfortable around the guys and more comfortable with the offense. I think he’s also believing in himself more. He’s doing amazing things. He’s getting more comfortable, he’s becoming more confident, he’s just turning into an all-around great leader, great person, and great player.”

On if he can see the big picture of this team
“Honestly, I see what we’re going to be, and I know what we’re going to be, but my main focus is now. I’m not really a guy that’s going to be like: ‘we’re going to get it next week, we’re going to get it tomorrow.’ I want it now. I want it now and that’s my main focus, right here, right now.”

On if the team’s making progress
“They’ve been growing week by week, day by day. They come off the ball harder, they strike harder. Every day they’ve been getting better, from our starters to our twos, to our scout team guys. It’s a team that’s constantly growing, and it’s really encouraging from all-around. Despite our record, people are still coming to work from the top down, and it’s really encouraging.”

On what he knows about Northwestern
“I haven’t gotten too in depth with their scout, I know they’re a little bit bigger on the D-Line side. I’m still pretty basic on what I know about them.”

On his previous experience when playing Northwestern
“They come to work. They’re a team that’s not going to back down. They’re a team that’s going to fight with everything they’ve got, it’s always respectable. I love games like that. I love going against teams that refuse to quit, and will always fight.”

On new guys on the offensive line that are ‘starting to get it'
“Yeah, I’d say there’s a few guys… [redshirt freshman offensive lineman Matt] Sichterman, my backup… he’s grown a tremendous amount. He’s always encouraging. He constantly pushes me to be better and better. [Junior offensive lineman] Christian [Gaylord], he’s always been a solid technique guy. He’s there… he’s going to do what he can the best he can. And then John [Raridon, sophomore offensive lineman], him too. It’s just a sound group of guys that will be always pushing each other, which is always something fun to have.”

On how younger brother and freshman offensive lineman Will Farniok has been adjusting
“I think he’s doing pretty well. I think he’s getting used to guys being a little bit bigger than him now, especially with the twins Carlos and Khalil [Davis, junior defensive linemen], Damian [Jackson, redshirt freshman defensive lineman], I think he’s getting used to kind of having a little bit of a weight disadvantage, especially since he’s younger, but I think he’s doing pretty well when he’s standing on his own.”

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