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Golden Nuggets: Zach Kline on Responding to Adversity

Zach Kline had an off day in his performance at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon a few weeks ago.  He was much better during day two, but still played below his own expectations.  Here he talks to the media about bouncing back from a disappointing performance.

 "What you do reflects how everyone looks at you," Kline said. "I had an off day at The Opening, didn't have my best day and I'm not going to blame it on the receivers, not going to do anything like that, but everyone could play up there and I didn't have my day. I didn't play the way I usually play.

"I'm just saying forget it, it doesn't matter, just blow it over, everyone has a bad day. Even Peyton Manning has a bad day but I'm coming in here with a chip on my shoulder. I want to prove something here. I want to prove my name and I want to prove my skill. I want to prove all that because there is still a lot to prove."

Referencing Drew Brees' book, "Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity", Kline said he's learned to always play with purpose. Good day, bad day, it doesn't really matter. There will always be the next challenge, the next test, the next event to prove he's still one of the nation's top quarterbacks.

"That was the ultimate message - playing with a chip on your shoulder, always playing like you have something to prove," Kline said. "Especially being a quarterback you're never in a good, normal spot. You're always in a spot where you need to shine." 

As committed as he is to living up to expectations as one of the top QBs in the 2012 class, Kline tries to enjoy his time on the field.

"On the field, I'm serious but I like to have fun," Kline said. "I like to make guys laugh and I like to lighten the mood. That's how I deal with it, just making jokes and being a fraternity out here, being friends, that's the biggest thing. When you press you don't really do well and when you just have fun that's when you play better.

After the jump Wilner has more on the Pac-12 TV network, Faraudo checks in with the basketball team, and Lindsay Gottlieb talks about returning to Cal.




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