August 26, 2009

Interview: Sean Murnane

After earning All-MAC third team honors in 2008, CMU has high expectations for defensive tackle Sean Murnane. As an upper classman, he now has the added responsibilities associated with a leadership role.

"As members of the defense, we all have similar goals and assignments. But because there are so many guys to manage/lead we tend to break down into smaller groups. For example, we will break apart into smaller groups like defensive tackles and defensive ends. It just helps the older guys be able to help the younger guys more effectively. I have my guys that I just focus on getting ready and prepared for the season and I just help them in any way that I can."

Like most players prior to the beginning of a new season, Murnane has a few goals that he is determined to accomplish.

"First and for most, I would like to be a part of a MAC championship team. Other than that, for me it's really not how many plays that I make, I just want to play well and help get our team to its highest level. Ultimately it comes down to just me doing my job which I always try my best to do."

"If it came down to us winning the same amount of games, I would rather help my team get better then just be a star player. I have always felt that this game is a team sport and I alone cannot take us to the MAC championship game."

Though he is coming off an ankle injury that has keep him out of practice, he is not very concerned.

"I have been taking a lot of mental reps and just keeping my mind focused. I should be practicing again pretty soon, so it is not anything I really am worried about. As a matter of fact, being able to watch the game as a spectator has really helped me a lot, so I am just using a disadvantage as an advantage."

"I am good right now, everything that I am doing is just precautionary and to keep me able to play this season."

This season schedule has quite a few eyebrow raising games. Though there are a few new opponents like Arizona, Michigan State, and Boston College just to name a few, it is not a big surprise to learn who Murnane is most looking forward to playing this year.

"After losing to Eastern (Eastern Michigan) the past few times we played them, I really am looking forward to playing them at home. They just are a real pain, we always play them at the end of the season and this year we get them for our homecoming game. Obviously Western (Western Michigan) we always want to beat, but that tends to just go without saying."

With all of his success in 2008, Sean Murnane hopes that 2009 will be the year he helps lead the defense to a MAC title. Only time will tell if he will be able to accomplish this task, but the path is definitely looking bright.

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