October 15, 2008
Nagy prepared if Urbik is out
MADISON, Wis. - While the 2008 season is only half complete, Badger fans are getting a glimpse of the offensive line's future. After Gabe Carimi suffered an injury against Ohio State and Kraig Urbik went down against Penn State, young guns Josh Oglesby and Bill Nagy have filled their voids.
Following practice Tuesday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with Nagy. The following is a question and answer with the Ohio native:
I know it was a tough circumstance the way you got into the game with Urbik going down last weekend, but how do you feel you went in there and performed?
Nagy: Well I think the coaches prepare me real well. I think just playing behind Kraig, cause Kraig started for 45 games somebody told me, and guys like Andy Kemp and John Moffitt just really really helped me learn from them. The coaches prepare me too so, I think I did alright.
Do you think you are prepared to continue to play at that level if Urbik is out for any time?
Nagy: Oh yeah, that's what you practice for, so I'll definitely be prepared.
What have some of the other guys said to you?
Nagy: Oh they're a big help, they're big-time help. I mean, Moff's my roommate, he's my good buddy. I know Vandy (Eric VandenHuevel real well too. They're all a real close group so they are able to help me on the field and that also definitely helped me a lot when I was out there.
What can you take from a game like last Saturday night against Penn State?
Nagy: We got in there and we watched the film and we corrected it. As a unit we just found where we were on edges and everything like that. We just got to correct it and move on. I mean, you can't forget what happened cause I think everything that happens to you during the season just makes who you are. So I think we are going to take that as a learning experience and just move on.
Are you guys surprised at all with the way you have started the Big Ten slate, although it was against the three of the traditional top teams?
Nagy: I mean, obviously this isn't the way we expected it or planned it out to be. But, I mean, you just got to make the most out of the opportunity that we have now and we have half the season left. We just got to do our thing and improve.
That's the only way you can look at it isn't it. There's still plenty of season left to accomplish some things.
Nagy: Right. You can't dwell on the past. You got to take every opportunity that comes to you and just move on with it.
Looking at Iowa, I don't know Urbik's status, but what do those defensive tackles that they have present as a challenge?
Nagy: Well we have a lot of film and they've played a lot of football. They're two really good players and (we're) just excited for the opportunity.
What's special about them, are they fast off the ball or quick off the snap?
Nagy: I mean they're real aggressive. They stay after it. They're guys that are not going to go, you know, if you stunt up, they're second effort guys. They're going to get after it, they're tough guys. I'm just excited for the opportunity.
Finally, did you bust Moffitt's chops at all after that hit he took on that Penn State interception?
Nagy: That could have been me. (Laughing) That was, I was about five feet away from that. I saw it out of the corner of my eye. But yeah, I was worried about him, that was a pretty bad hit.
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