Team Canada arrived at Texas University yesterday and the 2012 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship is starting Saturday. Accrofoot asked a few questions to quartberack Will Finch about his experience and feelings, so far.
1 – With the training camp already behind you, how is everything going so far?
Everything is going good. It’s been demanding mentally and physically but the coaches are doing a great job preparing us for Saturday.
2 – How are you adapting to offensive coordinator Pat Boies’ offensive system? Is it similar to any system you’ve ever played in?
It’s a good system, it has a good amount of running and passing so I feel like it will be hard for defenses to prepare for it.
3 – How’s the chemistry working on between you and the two other quarterbacks, Dallon Kuprowski and Hugo Richard? How do you playing style compare to those two?
The chemistry is good, we all get along and we’re all willing to do whatever it takes for us to win. We all play a different style and contribute in our own ways.
4 – As a quarterback, tell me about the adjustment you have to make with the smaller field and the 11 players? Does that change your game a lot?
The change isn’t that drastic because I have been going to camps down here for a while and am used to the all the differences. Most of the reads are also pretty well the same.
5 – You already have international experience, with the 2012 IFAF International Bowl, where you led the World Team to a 35-29 victory over the U.S. Under-19 National Team. How is that experience is going to help you for the tournament?
I think that experience helped me out because it gave me a sense of what football is like playing against some of the top recruits the US has to offer which is great competition.
6 – Can you highlight some Canadian players that have impressed you so far, on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball?
Everyone on both sides of the ball is working hard and impresses me. Everyone on this team is here for one reason, and that is because they can make plays.
7 – Almost half of the team is from Quebec. How is your French doing? More seriously, how is the chemistry working with all those players coming from all over the country?
Sometimes it’s tough because you don’t know what some guys are saying but football is still the same and is an international language. So it’s been easy to communicate with one another.
8 – Your quarterback coach, Michael Faulds, have been one of the greatest Canadian quarterbacks to ever play the game. And he is also a Western Mustangs alumni – the team where you’ll be playing next season. How is your relation with him as a coach and a human being?
It’s a great learning experience to be taught by one of the best so I’m just soaking in every bit of information he has given me. He is one of the quarterbacks that I look up too and is also a great coach and has helped me a bunch the past couple years.
9 – The team arrived at Texas University yesterday and the beginning of the tournament is coming pretty fast. Do you start to feel the pressure?
To me, switching from here to there isn’t any different. The pressure isn’t really there at all because I feel we are ready to make Canada proud on Saturday.
Thanks a lot for your time, Will. And we’ll be watching for sure on Saturday!