Show 6, Sept. 20 Panther Sports Talk | Season 14 2019-2020


BRAD: The UNI football team is coming off a bye week, and they get cranked up for another crazy Saturday inside the UNI- -Dome. We talk with Coach Farley about the electric plays in their last win and what it will take for another W. We preview this year’s UNI Hall of Fame class, that gets inducted this week. We spotlight an edge rusher having a big impact just 2 games in, and we show you a senior defensive specialist on the volleyball team. Joined with UNI head football coach Mark Farley. The Panthers coming off a bye week. A week ago the Panthers topped Southern Utah 34-14 and coach lets look back at that game it was a really solid first half. 24-0. The defense was playing great. The offense was getting things going early on. What did you like about how the Panthers started that football game. I was pleased how we came out and did a great job on offense and defense and that was key coming off the ISU game getting the emotion back to the level of Saturday afternoon and take care of business and we did that. The 2nd half wasn’t as sharp with a couple of fumbles that seemed to slow down the progress of the offense but it gave you and opportunity I’m sure to point at some things in that off week. Well, it was. You would like to have a cleaner 2nd half but we lost our focus a little bit in that time period but we also had a chance to coach off those points as well and that was what was positive as well. We went back and looked at the film and those little things are what we have to take care of each and every day. Redshirt Freshman Will McElvain was named the MVC newcomer of the week and his 2nd start ever and he looked better than even what he was at Jack Trice stadium what type of progression do you want to see out of your starter? He needs to improve every day. He needs to improve his passing game and reads in the run game and he needs to stay with the confidence that he plays with. Don’t hem him into something that he is not. He needs to play within the structure and play within the structure of the offense as well. How is he during the week? We see him on Saturday. But how is he during the week with film sessions and a learner grasping what you are putting out there. He is prepared is the best way to say it. He comes in every day and studies the game at night and during the day and I think it is 24-7 with him. He is a student of the game and that is what makes him the player that he is. Deion McShane made some national news and made sportcenter top 10 with his circus catch. It was a fantastic catch but it was really avoiding the tackle. Talk about that play and what you saw from the sideline? We see that out of Deion every day. It was a neat play how if you look at him he never lost stride. He knew exactly what was going on and had awareness to keep moving but that is because that is not the first time that happens to him. That is just the way he plays. 8 receptions over 100 yards receiving. A complete game as well. Not just that 1 play. He has played 2 complete games for us and done a nice job and we need to continue to spread the ball out amongst them all an and there is no question people will know where Deion lines up at. You had a 2nd wide receiver go over 100 yards receiving as well as Isaiah Weston was out all of last season with an injury. It is good to see him back and have a good game against the Thunderbirds. Exactly. We missed Isaiah last year drastically. With him back this year it made him a better football player. He is more mature and his joy and excitement of the game is much more than what it was since he lost that season and now he gets to get that season back due to the rule so it is a definite positive for both of us. And senior tight end Briley Moore did not play in that Southern Utah game sounds like that injury is still uncertain but maybe longer than what we were hoping. It is an extensive injury for him to come back from it if he can come back from it. He took quite a hit that day. Nothing hidden no secrets about it. It is an extensive injury and should he be back it won’t be until later in the season. It is hall of fame weekend at UNI and former UNI football player Eddie Berlin goes into the Hall of Fame and he went on to have a fantastic career. in the NFL. What are some of your thoughts and memories of Eddie Berlin. We actually recruited Eddie before Terry Allan and I went to Kansas so I followed him to Kansas so Eddie’s career was mostly when we were gone but I do know Eddie was a very dynamic player. We missed those 4 years and he would be a tremendous receiver now but he was then as well. He would love that open passing game that so many teams are going to. We will have a breakdown of all the hall of famers and more with head coach Mark Farley right after this. BRAD: The UNI Hall of Fame will add 7 individuals and one team this year in what marks the 35th class inducted as UNI hall of famers. They represent the highest achievements such as national champions, UNI record holders, and life long impacters Eric Braley spells out the special contributions of these athletes, coaches, and one sweet team from 2010. The 35th UNI Athletics
Hall of Fame Class is one for the ages. Tony DiCecco established
a tradition of excellence for the women’s basketball
program serving as the head coach for 11 years. He ended his career with
the most victories in school history, ranks
sixth all time in MVC league wins, and had five
seasons of 18 or more wins. Tony D was a powerful
influence on the entire athletic department
and in the Cedar Valley community. Eddie Berlin was a
four-year all conference honoree and a first team
All-American in 200. He owns the school record
with 44 consecutive games with a catch, is 2nd
in the record book for receptions in a game with
14, and tops the career reception mark with 249. He finished with 3,735
receiving yards, second only to Dedric Ward. He holds the UNI record
for single-season touchdowns at 16 and he is
second all-time for his career touchdowns with 34. He went on to play in the
NFL for the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears. Dianna Leftridge earned
NCAA All-American honors after finishing seventh in
the long jump at the 1995 NCAA Indoor Track and
Field Championship. She was the 1995 Indoor
Conference Athlete of the Year and has five
conference titles to her name. She was named to the
conference All-Centennial team to close out her
career honors and was named to the UNI Women’s
Athletics 50th Anniversary Team. Don Parker was the 1966
and 1967 NCAA DII National champion and a three-time
NCAA All-American at UNI. He won a pair of NCC
Championships and was named the NCC Outstanding
Wrestler for the 1966 season. He was the head coach at
Upper Iowa from 1973-1977 before moving on to
Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he coached for 32 seasons. He has been inducted into
the D2 Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Glen Brand
Wrestling Hall of Fame. Kris Huffman still holds
the UNI women’s basketball career mark for the best
three-point percentage and ranks in the career
top-10 in points, scoring average, field goals made,
free throw percentage, assists and steals. She also recorded the only
triple-double in program history. She was named the head
coach at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana,
in 1993 and has led the Tigers to multiple DIII
National Championships and has earned seven National
Coach of the Year honors. She is the winningest
coach in the program’s history. Stan Lorenz is the
recipient of the Dr. Jitu Kothari Meritorious
Service Award for all that he and his wife Rose have
done for the University and the Panther
Scholarship Club over the years. Dr. Justin Greenlee is the
recipient of the Merlin Taylor Academic
Hall of Fame Award. A three-time Division
I All-American and a two-time NCAA tournament
finalist he also was a Pan American Games
champion in 1993. Greenlee is a research
veterinary pathologist for the US Department of
Agriculture at the National Animal Disease
Center in Ames. And finally, the 2009-10
UNI Men’s Basketball team is inducted into the UNI
Athletics Hall of Fame. This team provided the
deepest run into the NCAA Tournament, including an
upset over overall No. 1 seed Kansas in the
second round of March Madness. The Panthers went 30-5
overall in the season, including a 15-game win
streak, and a 15-3 record in Missouri Valley
Conference play to run away with the
regular-season title. Adam Koch was named the
Missouri Valley Larry Bird Trophy (MVP) winner and
the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Lucas O’Rear earned the
Sixth-Man Award and coach Ben Jacobson was named the
MVC Coach of the Year. Congrats on being inducted into the Hall of Fame BRAD: You can see the newest Hall of Fame members honored at this Saturday’s football game as the Panthers hosts Idaho State at 4pm inside the UNI- -Dome, a place where Eddie Berlin worked himself into an NFL wide receiver. When we come back, more Panther football talk with head coach Mark Farley and we look at a pair of upperclassmen on the football and volleyball team.

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