Q&A: WR Spencer expects Cougars to bounce back against Grambling State

Coming off a career season, senior receiver Daniel Spencer — who caught 52 balls for 768 yards and six touchdowns as the No. 2 option in 2013 — has become a team leader. He and the Cougars suffered a 27-7 loss to UTSA in last Friday’s home opener. Spencer had three catches for 22 yards in the defeat. An explosive high school running back who fits perfectly with the Cougars’ up-tempo offense, Spencer sat down with The Cougar to discuss the game, as well as the rest of the season.

The Cougar: After the loss, what words of encouragement did you say to the rest of your teammates, especially the underclassmen?

Daniel Spencer: It’s just one game. We still have 11 more to go. We’re just gonna learn from our mistakes and just move on. You really just gotta have a short memory, because it happens — you’ll have bad games. I don’t know about the defense but for the offense, stuff just sometimes doesn’t go your way.

TC: How lethal can you and (junior receiver) Deontay Greenberry be after you both had stellar seasons a year ago?

DS: We can be as good as we want to be. We’re real talented and have skills that a lot of people just don’t have, so we just have to work hard every day and perfect our craft.

TC: How did playing running back in high school help you transition to being an explosive receiver?

DS: It helps because after I catch the ball, you don’t know really what’s going to happen. I can make guys miss in open space, and I can read holes better. Sometimes, I can go play running back if they need me to.

TC: What do you and your team need to do to get back to the winning ways?

DS: Just go out there and do what we do. That game didn’t really showcase what all we can do. We went out there and kind of laid an egg, so we need to go out there and show the real Houston offense.

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