The mouthwatering showdown between quarterback Jeff Garcia and running back Ahman Green of the Omaha Nighthawks (1-0) and quarterback Daunte Culpepper and his Sacramento Mountain Lions (1-1) will kickoff at 7.30pm local time on Saturday, October 2.
The ‘Rumble at Rosenblatt’ will air live on HDNet with Kenny Rice and Paul Maguire calling the action at 8.30pm EDT following an HDNet pregame show at 8pm EDT.
Here are Daunte Culpepper’s thoughts on the match up:
“I think it’s just great to be playing against Jeff once again. I guess it’s a little surprising, but we’ve got an opportunity play and put our talents into good use.
“Jeff has always been a great player. He’s had a knack for making a big play. It doesn’t surprise me when he has a good game like that, because that’s the type of player he’s always been.”
“It’s absolutely great to be able to compete against a guy like Jeff. He’s trying to get a win, just like you’re trying to win. You’re on their turf, and you’ve got the same agenda, that’s trying to win. I’m glad to be a part of it, but our main goal is to get the win and their main goal is to get the win.”
“It’s a recipe for a good game.”
On both Culpepper and Garcia engineering game winning drives last week:
“We didn’t plan it, but it works out like that sometimes. That’s the UFL. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I think it’s going to be a great game this weekend.”
On playing in the UFL under his former Vikings coach:
“I think it’s been a great transition. Coach Dennis Green, he runs his team the same way he did when I was drafted in Minnesota. That’s the good thing about it. I’m glad to be a part of something new, and what better why to be successful at it than with coach Green.
“You get to go out and you get to compete against guys with the same goal you have, and that’s to win the game. We’ve just got to out there and try to execute our gameplan, and see what happens.
“If I was going to be part of the league, I wanted to play for coach Green. It’s been great. It’s like we never parted, because I know what he expects from his players, his team. I fit into my role well here.
“Whenever you get a chance to showcase yourself, it’s a great thing. Now, they can see that this guy isn’t injured, and he can make the plays he made before he was injured. I feel great, and I try to get better every day.
“Every game is different. It depends – sometimes, you have to run the ball 30 times a game to win the game, and sometimes you have to pass 40 or 50.”
“This league is definitely a league that has players who can play. I truly believe there’s more than 1,500 good players in America.”
On the opening day loss in Hartford and the win over Florida:
“The main difference from game 1 to game 2 was our execution was much higher. We did a better job on third down…and that was because, most of the time, you get better from game 1 to game 2.”
On what to expect in Omaha against the Nighthawks, and perhaps another tight finish:
“You talk about the play that can win the game. In a game like this, I’m going to be harping to our guys that you never know when that play is. Every play, 100 percent, because you never know when that play is.
“I’m just delighted, and very proud and excited to be a part of the UFL. It’s going to continue to gain notoriety. I’m very honored and glad to be a part of it.”