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How Improved Will the Griz Secondary Be?

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Fans throughout Griz nation expect the defensive front-7 to be one of the best at the FCS level, expectations that defensive coordinator Ty Gregorak wouldn't argue with.

"Huge, I have huge expectations, I've told them I think they're good, I told them I think you think you're good, so it should be unacceptable when there is a big run against us," says Gregorak

While the front-7 is widely recognized as having a lot of returning talent, the Griz secondary has a few more question marks after a season plagued by some long pass plays at inopportune times.

"We were pretty young and inexperienced, so this year we're coming out, we know what we're doing, we know all the plays.  We're motivated, we're hungry, and we're going to eat," says senior corner Anthony Goodwin.

"I think they are making great strides, I love the work that our safeties have put in, our corners have improved we're all a year older, I expect us to go out and play better than we did last year," says Gregorak

One year of experience always helps, but making sure there are positive changes is the most important part of experience

"We've perfected our technique, so we know what we're doing.  It may not make much sense, but we're playing conscience, so we know what's going to happen, we know what's going to happen before it happens, we believe in ourselves, coach believes in us, our teammates believe in us, so we feel like we can do whatever we want to do," says Sophomore corner Nate Harris.

With confidence heading into the season, the Grizzly secondary all finds motivation in proving to themselves and others, that the secondary is just as strong as the highly regarded front-7.

"A lot of it comes from within us, we want to be good for ourselves, we want to ball-out, so our mind-set is to do that for our teammates, and show them we can do it, not so much the crowd, it's more for us and our own mindset," says Goodwin.

"I find things like that, and try to bring more motivation.  Coach Ty comes into our room and says 'no deep-balls,' and he's just joking around, but sometimes I take it personally, saying 'okay, I'll show you there'll be no deep balls,' so we do take it personally, and we're excited for this year," says Harris.

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