Five minutes with Reed Manke
You came into your senior season as the No. 1 quarterback. Three games into the season, you went down with a shoulder injury. You came back from the injury, but how frustrating was it, knowing it robbed you, statistically, of perhaps one of the b...
You came into your senior season as the No. 1 quarterback. Three games into the season, you went down with a shoulder injury. You came back from the injury, but how frustrating was it, knowing it robbed you, statistically, of perhaps one of the best seasons by a Sioux quarterback?
Any time you have an injury, it's a frustrating deal. But my teammates were a positive influence. It made things easier.
You hurt your shoulder against Winona State after taking a big hit. At the time, did you know the injury was serious?
I knew at that point that something was wrong.
UND is fortunate to have quality depth at quarterback. Chris Belmore, who has started more than 20 games, also is a senior and replaced you. Yet, his play has drawn criticism, mainly on Internet chat boards. How do you guys handle something like that?
Chris and I just want to win as many games as possible. We get along well. We talk a lot on the sidelines about what other teams are trying to do.
After your injury, you came back with a strong game at Nebraska-Omaha, completing your first 15 passes. The layoff apparently didn't hurt.
I was a little concerned about it. But coming back was a lot easier when the receivers make the catches and the linemen make the blocks.
You're the second of three brothers from Detroit Lakes, Minn., to play for the Sioux. Ryan (the oldest) and Rory (the youngest) came as defensive backs. You're a quarterback, a position all three of you played in high school. How come you're the only college quarterback?
I wasn't a good enough athlete to play defense. Make sure you write that. I'm not that fast. Ryan is probably the fastest of us.
It seems like all of your November high school and college games have meant so much.
The best part of November is the games. They usually mean something. Coach (Dale) Lennon said this is why you come here, to play in these types of games.