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Q&A: Receiver maintains focus through bye week

With 150 yards on seven receptions, freshman receiver Steven Dunbar was the main contributor to the Cougars' 227 passing yards. | Justin Tijerina/The Cougar

Dunbar was a crucial piece to the Cougars’ win against OU earlier this season by catching seven passes for 125 yards. | Justin Tijerina/The Cougar

After bursting on the scene in the team’s opener against the University of Oklahoma, one Cougar wide receiver is proving his reliability on the offense.

Junior wide receiver Steven Dunbar is having a breakout season and has already eclipsed his yardage and touchdown totals from last year. He leads the team with four receiving touchdowns and checks in at third in receiving yards with 552 on 45 receptions.

We caught up with a well-rested Dunbar following the team’s bye week.

The Cougar: What was practice like coming out of the bye week?

Steven Dunbar: It was good. Good to get back on the field and running, get back in the swing of things. It was a good practice though. We had a nice little tempo, kind of shaking our legs back into it.

TC: What was it like during the bye week in regards to trying maintain momentum from the UCF game?

SD: (Really) we took the time to relax, kinda get off our legs. We (played) a long stretch from camp all the way up until the bye week, so it’s been a long grind. Taking that time to take the mental and physical tolls off our body. We still spent some time preparing and working out, but as far as the load of the whole season we just tried to relax.

TC: In your opinion, how has the season gone to this point?

SD: It’s been going OK. We could be doing a lot better, by far. I could be doing a lot better, but I think it’s going well.

TC: What’s been the message from the coaches to keep you focused on the next game rather than looking ahead?

SD: Just going 1-0. Playing a one-game season every week. I think that’s the gist of it. Just playing one game at a time.

TC: Is that the same message between you and the other players?

SD: Kind of the same thing, just trying to relay what coach says. Making sure we stay opponent focused and not let them get by because we’re looking at somebody else.

TC: The Tulane game is arguably the easiest of your final three, how do you see the rest of the season playing out?

SD: If we do what we’re supposed to do and we take it one game at a time, I think we should do fine. But like I said, we can’t get too ahead of ourselves.


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