seniors taking ownership over this team
"That's what Coach Bo wanted us to do from the
start. He trusts us because we are a more mature group. The seniors have been
here for four or five years and its time, we need to get ready for the season."
the numbers of Fifth year seniors.
"It is a huge advantage because we have been here
since Coach Bo's first day. We help the younger guys out and show them the
ropes because we have seen it all. We all are just maturing and getting
the number of guys competing for playing time in the secondary
"We've had fun this summer, because we know it's a
team thing so we are pushing each other. We are helping the younger guys out
and they are also helping us older guys out. It is really going to help us out
because if someone gets hurt, we have a lot of depth to go into the game and
working on guarding deep balls
"Coach (Terry) Joseph sat us all down and told us what we need to do and is
working with us to get better. We do a lot of different drills that will help
us out. Coach Joseph, he's a smart guy and brings a lot of different things to
losing past leaders in the secondary and being the one replacing them
"I've always felt that I have been a vocal leader
for the defense, but now it's time to step up and bring the other guys with me.
It's not about one guy it's about the team. And we have a lot of guys in the
secondary that are hungry. If we all stick together we will be fine. "
On (Jason) Ankrah's comment on being a top-10 defense
"Yeah we want to be more than a top-10 defense, we want to be the best."
On run stopping for the safeties
"We have been working on our read steps a lot, because that is the most
important thing that we need to do. Because if it is a run we will get the
right angle and we can stop them sooner and win first and second down. We need
to trust our eyes."
(Daimion) Stafford coming in last season and having success
"He was hungry, and he stepped up last year. He
loves the game and he is a hitter. He'd rather hit somebody than make an
interception. He has learned a lot going into this season. He was my roommate
last year for away games and he didn't really understand the whole defense, but
he was a playmaker so he went out and made plays. Now this year he knows
everything and he is going to have a big year."
teaching the younger guys about trust, and the importance of it
"Yeah our secondary coach last night said that if he can't trust you on the
field, then you will never play. We have to know what we are doing when we get
onto the field because the worst feeling in the world is not knowing what you
are supposed to do. If you don't know your assignments then you are already