"Don't Try To Be A Hero"

A veteran Tiger talks about his final game and season as a football player.

Atlanta, Ga.--For James Callier, there was no disguising the disappointment of his final football game.

The senior from Miami, who overcame a very serious knee surgery and other assorted injuries to come back and win a starting job at defensive end as a senior, showed the hurt in his eyes and in his voice.

"Yeah, I am human and I was frustrated," he said. "I threw my helmet down a couple of times out there. I know that it can't go our way all the time. We did a lot of great things early in the year so I know what it feels like to do a good job. I know what it feels like to be on the winning side.

"We have to be more consistent," Callier added. "We gave the good effort. We have something to build on to go into the winter for the younger guys who are coming back. We will see what they can do."

Senior James Callier

Callier had these comments when he asked how he thought the defense played in the 16-10 loss to North Carolina. "We could have minimized our mistakes because they did break too many tackles. The good thing is we gave great effort, which is what Coach (Tommy) Tuberville asked us to do. That is what I asked of my teammates. I just said, ‘Don't try to be a hero. Whatever your assignment is, execute it.' If you do that, then you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, "Okay, I did my job.' It is not a selfish game. The coaches aren't asking you to be Superman. They say just do what you are supposed to do and everything will be fine."

Callier, who got one of Auburn's six sacks, said the good pressure was no accident. "We worked really hard on pass rush in Auburn and then here at the Dome. I think that paid off. That is good coaching because we went out and did exactly what they told us to do."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Senior linebacker Tavarreus Pounds, who arrived in the same freshman class with Callier five years ago, saw extensive playing time with Mark Brown not ready to go because of an ankle sprain. Pounds said the defensive game plan was to stop the run. "We did that pretty much all of the night, but a couple of times we didn't make plays when we needed to make plays."...Defensive coordinator John Lovett said he liked the effort on his side of the ball, however, he said the tackling wasn't as sharp as he would have liked. "That long run that Curry made turned out to be the difference in the ball game," Lovett said. "Two guys had him trapped in the backfield and we let him get away and run right through our defense."

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