Zellers staying motivated

Parker Zellers may be undersized, but he has been one of Arizona's most consistent players on defense. Read on for his thoughts on being self motivated, USC, and more.

For the second game in a row, defensive lineman Parker Zellers will be part of a nationally televised game. Growing up, this was the ideal scenario.

"I live for that," Zellers said. "Growing up as a kid I still remember going to collegiate games and wishing, wondering if I would be able to make it and be at that stage.

"I’m happy. Hard work pays off and I still have a lot of work to do, but I am happy to be on the big stage on national television against a great team.'

Rich Rodriguez recently said that his job is made a bit easier by the fact that Arizona is self-motivating and Zellers believes that has become part of the routine.

"I wouldn't say it is easy to do, but once you start getting it going and once you start kind of getting the grasp and understanding of it, it is easier to get self motivated," he said.

"Coming into the season we didn’t have all that hype and potential, so I would say it’s not too hard, but as the season starts going we get more used to getting self motivated."

In addition, motivation is made easier by the belief that the Wildcats have something to prove.

"There’s definitely something to prove," Zellers said. "I don’t think any of the games we have won are a fluke, it’s Arizona football for 60 minutes. As long as we give teams that and execute and play Arizona football for 60 minutes, I think in the end we will be alright."

Arizona is getting ready to play USC on Saturday, but Zellers is not treating the game as if it is anything out of the ordinary.

"USC is USC, just like Oregon is Oregon," he said. "Probably a little bit better of an opponent and higher on the pedestal of college football, but I don’t let that change my mindset, game play, or the way we play as a team."

The Trojans will be among the biggest teams Zellers has seen this season, but he is beyond letting the opposition's size affect him.

"I see a lot bigger guys, a lot more kind of hard-nosed football, but it is nothing we haven’t seen with all of the power and all of the tug," he said. "They can probably execute a little better, but we have to get better at being able to stop it and turn those two or three yard runs into negative two or three.

"Usually I try not to let that get to me. I will try to keep my eyes on the guard and center because when you start to getting to the tackles those guys are a little bigger. At this point, size doesn’t mean anything to me."


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