It’s a team game. Everybody at all levels is at fault for how we’ve done this season. —BYU senior linebacker Fred Warner
PROVO — BYU senior linebacker Fred Warner is a team captain and he leads by example. Despite the Cougars’ prolonged losing streak, Warner is giving it all he has every week.
Coach Kalani Sitake has put the blame on himself in the wake of a 1-7 record. But Warner said the players should take responsibility for how the season has gone.
“It’s a team game. Everybody at all levels is at fault for how we’ve done this season,” he said. “In my opinion, I think players make plays and players are the ones that put the product on the field. Regardless of how the coaches coach us, it’s the players’ job to make plays.”
When addressing the attitude on the team, Warner said some players don’t show up every day with the right mindset.
“A big problem is guys not knowing where their motivation comes from and being selfish in the fact that they come to work every day and how they perform depends on how they feel — if they’re in the mood or not,” he said. “But that shouldn’t be how it is. It should be on you coming to work with the motivation because you’re doing it for more than yourself. It shouldn’t be a selfish thing. You’re doing it for a greater purpose. It could change as long as it comes from inside.”
NO REGRETS: Warner was a highly touted recruit coming out of San Marcos, California. He was recruited by a lot of prominent programs, including USC.
Asked this week if he would pick USC over BYU if he had it to do over again, Warner didn’t hesitate.
“Absolutely not. I would never trade anything I do in this life. I feel like everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I came here to make an impact and I feel like I’ve done that and I’ll continue to do that. BYU has made an impact on me just as much as I have on it.”
CONFIDENCE: BYU senior defensive lineman Kesni Tausinga said the team’s struggles have a lot to do with confidence, or a lack of it.
“I think a big thing is confidence and focus. Our defense has lost a little bit of confidence from the beginning of the season,” he said. “I think we just need to make big plays to spark that. I think a win will definitely bring back a lot of confidence for us.”