July 21, 2014
Graduate student and three-year starting defensive tackle Travis Raciti and wide receiver Tyler Winston, the 2013 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, will be the San José State University player representatives at the annual Mountain West Football Media Day.
This year's Media Day/Preview at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas begins Tuesday, July 22, and concludes the next day.
The head coaches and two players from each of the conference's 12 teams will be participating as part of the build up to the season. Close to 150 media members are credentialed for the two-day preview.
Raciti and Winston shared their thoughts about representing their teammates, the team and the University prior to leaving for Las Vegas. Follow what the players and Coach Caragher are doing during the Preview by joining us here.
Travis Raciti, defensive tackle, graduate student
An initial reaction: "It's an honor. I'm excited to represent my friends and my teammates. I'm excited to hear what people have to say about us and share what we are doing here at San Jose State.
What will be your theme to the media: "Every year is a new year. We're excited about what our new defensive coordinator (Greg Robinson) brings. We've been working hard and we're ready to show people what we've been working on.
Are you prepared to possibly hear the same question multiple times: "I don't think it will bother me to get the same question. I'm excited to share what I have to say and share the experiences my teammates have built over this off-season, talk about we plan on doing and learn about our opposition and the people we are going up against."
On meeting the star players from other Mountain West teams: "They respect the game. I respect the game. It's our livelihood. It's something we have to work at every day. You've got to respect that. It will be a good day."
Tyler Winston, wide receiver, sophomore
An initial reaction - "It means a lot to me. It's an honor especially being one of the younger guys on the team as a sophomore this year. I think this can be one of the steps I take to becoming one of the leaders on the team."
What are some of the points you hope to make with the media -
"I think it is a way to share what we are doing this year and let everybody know we will be ready this year. We think we should have had a better season last year. We're telling people we're coming out more fired up. We're taking it serious this off-season to come back so we don't have another disappointing season in our eyes like we did last year.
"We don't think 6-6 and 5-3 (Mountain West) were good enough, because in a lot of those games, one possession going in a different way could have turned the whole game. We feel we left a couple of games out there on the field. We feel we should have won at least two or three more games that we lost last year.
"We had some good things we did last year like winning games on the road. A lot of individual accolades that people got were good. We feel we could have done more with the team we had last year."