2015 UCF Football Feature: Traveling

2015 UCF Football Feature: Traveling

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– [Announcer] It’s the
longest road trip for a team that’s not called Hawaii this year. The Knights have made the trip out to the San Francisco
area and will try to get win number one tonight
in the second ever game between UCF and a team from the PAC-12. – Going out to Stanford this year, that’s a new place for
UCF to go out and play. Usually, when we haven’t
been to a place before, I’ll call people at Stanford along with other teams that play
there on a regular basis to get reccomendations on
the best hotels to stay at, the best bus companies to use, how the police escorts are there. – Stanford’s a unique
process because, normally, we will pack the equipment
truck three or four days before our game, and the equipment truck will drive up and we’ll met
them there on the plane. But, since we’re traveling
across the country for Stanford, we’re going to be loading the plane, all of our equipment goes
straight to the plane, instead of going over on truck first. – The equipment truck carries all of our trunks and stuff
that we use for game day, and on the sideline and in the locker room and all that stuff, so, we’ll have to be prepared a little
bit earlier in the week than we typically are, to have things packed and ready to go. – You didn’t have the
truck to fall back on. In the truck you can kind of throw a few extra things on
there just to be sure, it’s kind of a safety net, and with traveling all the
equipment on the plane, it becomes, you know,
you have it or you don’t. – You know, from a traveling standpoint it was a little bit difficult, at the same time, I think it
was as flawless as it could be. At the end of the day, the way I evaluate a trip is, “Did any of our travel affect how we took care
of our student-athletes?” And for us, it didn’t – Normal trip, we wake up Friday morning, we come over here, we have
practice, we have meetings. After we have practice and meetings, we go shower up, get on
the bus, go to the airport sit in the airport for
about forty-five minutes, and then get on the plane
and go to our destination. The only thing different
was the five-hour flight, but, it reminded us of Ireland
last year for eight hours. – It’s a long trip, but,
one you’re on the plane it doesn’t really change anything except the length that you’re on it. We’ll still leave at the same time, with the time changes, we’re going to land at the time that we would’ve if we traveled to a UConn or a Temple, we’re going to land at
about 3PM in the afternoon. – As we were in the air
and looking outside, definitely it was different,
like landscapes and stuff. Saw a lot of mountains, lot of sand and stuff like that out
there, on the West side. When we got there and we got outside, it was like, as soon as
we stepped off the plane it was a wonderful breeze,
like a Bahama breeze, or something like that. As soon as we stepped off
the plane, I was like, “Wow. I might actually, like, live here, because it’s definitely a nice place.” – Oh, it was beautiful, yeah. You know you could already tell when we got there during the day and it was already really nice, so, you know come that night time,
when we got out there and got ready to play the
game, it just felt amazing. It was the best weather
for football out there. – Traveling is always a fun experience, even though it’s a two-day experience, it’s always fun to see other stadiums and see how other stadiums are set up. And, of course, being on the field. – It was definitely an awesome experience, just all of us getting to go out there, a lot of people haven’t
been out there, so, that really was a nice experience. – That was a great experience,
going to California. A lot of us on the team, we haven’t been to California before, so when we found out in the summer that we were going to California,
it just excited us. – It was definitely good
experience that we went there, and were able to play those games.

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