Sept. 8, 2009
On last season’s ECU game
This is a different offense. Coach Mullen has a feel for what he wants out of us and I have a feel for what he wants. We went through all of the growing pains last season.
They are pretty talented and a solid team on defense. They have a lot of guys returning.
We have to be physical this season. They out-toughed us last year. Coach Mullen is going to call a different game; we know what we need to get done this time.
We talked about it (turning the ball over against ECU) all spring and summer. That is the first thing on our win charts, taking care of the ball.
We need to be tough and do what we do. We need to make them defend what we do, not so much worry about the defense, but just make sure we get our job done. We need to execute, take care of the ball and make them defend every part of the field in this spread offense.
You can take anything and turn it into a positive. We had so many mistakes against ECU, it was easy to pick up on what we needed to fix. That game helped us get better for the rest of the season.
I think that game was a time for us to come together. When we followed up with a loss to Colorado, it was a heartbreaker, because we had a great week or two of practice to get ready for the game. We were disappointed losing to Colorado because we felt like we had gotten so much better.
On Brandon Hogan vs. ECU last season.
You have to take baby steps, and that was his first time really being out there in action. He is a totally different player now.
On his size
With coach (Bill) Kirelawich, he always teaches technique and I think that helps me deal with my size. I may be a little bit underweight compared to some defensive ends or defensive linemen that have been on this team in the past, but for the most part, as long as I have good technique, good hands and stay low, coach Kirelawich says I’ll be alright.
We practice it (playing the run) all during the offseason so since the season is here now, if you are not ready now, you better toughen up. That is one thing that I practiced all offseason, so I am prepared.
On his feelings on quarterbacks
I don’t like them. I try to let them know it with my pads rather than my mouth.
On his first sack against Liberty
Honestly, I didn’t even know he (Mike Brown) had the ball. All day he was getting the ball out quick, so once I hit him I just brought him down. Once I realized he had the ball I was happy.