On how his head feels
after the hit from Le'veon Bell Saturday
"It's good, I'm fine. It's just a normal tackle, every
tackle you get a headache. But no, I'm fine."
On his own personal
play the last three weeks after the Ohio State loss
"It's getting better, obviously there is room for
improvement. I'm not really happy on how I've been playing. I just get up there
and just watch more film and finish the plays and help the defense out."
On what he has seen
that makes him not happy about his play the last three weeks
"I could have helped the secondary out a couple more plays
here and there. I left some plays out on the field, I could have helped the
team out with some more turnovers and communicating better and little bit
different things in the secondary. Small stuff, like that could have prevented
certain plays they ran. I just have to keep focusing and doing my job."
On plays against Ohio
State where he should have made the tackle, instead of letting (Braxton) Miller
go the other way
"I should have done something else, but on one of the plays,
the long run he had I didn't want to out run him to the sideline because I
thought he would out run me to the sideline it's a touchdown. I was just trying
to make him cut back, but what I should have done is (went at him) and try to
make the tackle instead of trying to make him cut back."
On defensive mindset in
the two-minute drill
"To get the ball back to the offense. We have an explosive
offense and with things clicking they are hard to stop. We stepped up to the
challenge. All the guys flew around to the ball and we communicated a lot
better in the fourth quarter with like eight minutes left. We started doing
things we are supposed to do and when we are all on the same page it's hard to
get stuff on us and like coach says just focus and re-focus and if we do that
every single play you know teams really can't do much. But when somebody or one
of us loses focus that much there is a big play, boom, and that's a couple
things that hurt us, but it's just stay the course like coach said and that's
exactly what we did and he said we needed big stops and we kind of stepped up
and did it."
How does Justin
Blatchford help the defense
"He's a hell of a guy and a smart kid. You know, and he does
his job and when coach asks him to do something he's going to do it. He is
flying around to the ball. I just finished watching the game just now and they
ran up the middle and he threw a guy off and made the tackle. I thought he
would have been gone if it wasn't for that. He is a hell of a guy and he is a
leader, you know. He works his tail off every single day."
On excitement of the
best Big Ten pass offense with Penn State against the best pass defense in the
Big Ten with Nebraska
"Yeah we are excited. We are excited with every matchup.
It's going to be a challenge, they are a really good team and they are coached
very well and the quarterback is really good. He has 18 touchdown passes and
three interceptions and also ran for five touchdowns so it's going to be a
challenge but our coach will come in with a hell of a game plan and we just got
to execute it."
On improvement of the
Penn State quarterback from last year to this year
"Yeah, he looks comfortable in the pocket, he is leading his
team and that whole team is playing lights out, especially with all the stuff
that went down last year and so it's going to be a challenge. It's not going to
On how they use the
tight ends and different from things they have seen this year
"They use a lot of them, they do a lot of different things
with them so it's different from what we are used to seeing, but it's the game
of football so coach will come up with something good and all we have to do is
have a good practice this week and execute it."
On if he can see the
road to Indianapolis or if it's still a long ways away
"It's still a long ways away, you know. Every game we have
to have, it's critical so we just are taking it one game at a time. As long as
we take that mentality of one game at a time and go out there and do the best
we possibly can do and play together as a team and just keep believing we will
be there. But it's not going to come easy."
On limiting the 'bone-head
plays' that (Bo) Pelini talked about
"We just got to focus a lot more on those bone-head plays. I
mean, if you ask every guy they know what they are supposed to do on that play
it's just a small step here and there which sometime people don't think it's a
big deal but a small step in the wrong direction that's big plays and that's
exactly what happened the other night."
On how to adjust to
the way referees are calling the pass interference on the defense
"It's like Coach Bo (Pelini) said, just go out there and
play, don't worry about the referees, they are going to make calls. Good calls
or bad calls who cares, but don't stop playing aggressive and don't stop
playing the way you play. It's just when you're in position, don't panic,
that's the bottom line and they are going to make calls. But we don't worry
about it, we are still going to go out there and keep playing aggressive and
keep going after the ball and keep our hands on receivers and if they throw the
flag then they call it. We just got to go on to the next play."