David Irons Uncut: Q&A

Auburn's very talkative cornerback discusses his first season as a starter, rags on younger brother Kenny and comments on the football Tigers as they prepare to play Ole Miss.

Do you think Saturday's game against LSU was your best game?

"I would say Arkansas was my best game. That game showed that our secondary could play with their physical receivers."

Is there anything that you do to get over a loss like the one to LSU?

"I just go home and play Madden (video game) with my brother. If I lose I beat him up. That's about it. Just punch a punching bag and get over it. We fought hard and we've got to move on to the next one.

"It's like playing in the secondary. If you get beat on a touchdown ball, you've got to come back to the next receiver and let him know that he's not going to do it again. I just look at it like, ‘Dang, we got beat and we've got to come back and keep on fighting."

David Irons

Is there any concern about not having that edge this week against Ole Miss?

"We're going to come in here and play like we play every week--fast. On offense, explosive. On defense, fly to the ball. That's all we're going to do and hopefully come out with a victory."

What kind of threat do the Ole Miss receivers bring? "I'm going to hold them down to the best of my abilities like I did last week. Every week their receivers are supposed to be great, but like I keep saying, no receivers are better than ours in the nation that I've faced so far. Any receivers that go against me are going to be slow motion. They can take it however they want to take it. I'm going to set the challenge to any receivers. They've got some pretty good receivers and they've been around.

How will Ole Miss quarterback Michael Spurlock's athleticism affect the secondary?

"With Spurlock you've got to keep him contained and don't let him run around. In the secondary, just man up with their receivers. They do a lot of comeback routes I've noticed and a lot of deep balls. The coaches are going to put us in the best position to make plays. If we line up in the right position, I don't see us not dominating the game.

Have you been talking to your dad a lot lately?

"I talked to that bean head last week. He's pretty wired. He says that we're playing pretty good football on the field, but when it comes to College Football 2006 (video game) he says we suck on the game and we're not doing too good. He says I've given up about 10 touchdowns already on NCAA. He says that Kenny has fumbled about 10 times. He said when he went to the championship game he played Texas and Kenny fumbled three times on the goal line and Vince Young ran me over. He gets mad about the video game, but with real life we're doing good. With the video game he says, ‘Don't come back home. I don't want to see you all because you're not doing too good. You're messing up my dynasty team.' I'm like, ‘All right, Dad.' My dad gets kind of crazy, it's cool though."

Do you get your charisma from your dad?

"I get it all from him. He gave me all the trash talk. Kenny doesn't really talk trash. He's just quiet. That's the only reason I play good. If I talk trash and talk to people I play good. If nobody is talking back to me I feel like it's a boring game. If you talk trash to me that pumps me up. The wide receiver from LSU, I said something to him and I was hoping he'd say something back. If they hadn't said anything back it would have been boring and I would have been out there just running around. But once they something back like, ‘You ain't nothing.' I'm like, ‘Okay. I'm not nothing.' But when I jammed them up a couple of times they were like, ‘Where were you last year?' ‘I told them I tore my ACL. I just like to let people know where I'm at."

Do you and Kenny have any competition with stats?

"I just tell him to keep running like that and keep on running to the jungle. I told him I'd buy him a seesaw and monkey bars so he can swing around like a banana tree. He's doing real good running to his jungle. I told him the end zone is his zoo and if he runs to the end zone he can be with all of his little animal friends. I just told him to treat the football like a banana. You treat the football like a banana and you won't let anybody at the zoo take your banana peel. He was like, ‘Yeah, that's true.' And I was like, ‘Kenny, but it's not yellow, it's brown. Just think of it as an old banana and you've had out for weeks like you did at the house and it's turned brown. Run with it and don't let people strip it.' He's been running like a crazy wild child.

Do you think he looks like a monkey?

"He looks like somebody hit that kid 10 times. When Halloween comes around on Monday, he's already got his costume. He's already himself. I hope when kids come up to the door they don't get too scared. I'm going to hang him up somewhere on the wall so everyone can see our Halloween decorations."

Is there anybody who talks more trash than you on this team?

"There's nobody. The whole team gave me the award. It's pretty cool. I've been doing it since little league. My little league coach was like, ‘David, when are you ever going to shut up' Ask my high school coach. He says, ‘All you do is talk junk.' I went to one of my high school games and he asked if I was still talking trash. He was like, ‘When are you ever going to shut up? One day somebody is going to blind side you and you're going to shut up.' I was like ‘Yeah, somebody is going to blind side me on a play and you better believe I'm going to shut up. I'm not going to say anything. I'm going to be looking both ways. I'm just having fun and living the dream. Hopefully, I can do this again next year. At the end of the season I'll see how things go and if I come back or not."

How do you approach this year not knowing if it's your last season?

"That's why I take every game seriously out there. I'm fighting for the seniors out there and I'm fighting for myself, too. Coach Chizik told me last year that he was going to have me for two years before I got hurt. I'm just playing like I'm a senior and just going out like it's my last year playing college football, which is a dream for me. I'll have to wait until the end of the season, talk to the coaches and go from there."

Do you have to wait until the end of the season?

"I'll have to see how things go. Hopefully, I can come back. If not I'll go to the zoo and work at the zoo or something. I could give my brother free tickets."

David Irons makes a play in practice vs. Prechae Rodriguez.

Did you clown on Skyler Green Saturday?

"Skyler Green said something to me, I forgot what he said. I was like, ‘You're sorry. You only get special plays. You don't do nothing special, you just run bubble screens. How hard is that to run out in the flats and run bubble screens? Anybody can do that. You're all right, but you're not fast like everybody said you were. If you were really good then come out on an island with me so I can show you what it's really about. Ask No. 3 (Craig Davis) and No. 80 (Dwayne Bowe) about me. He was saying this and that. I asked No. 3 and he was like, ‘Skyler Green got mad last week because he didn't get any touches so the coach has to get him some touches this week' I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I found out the truth.' Their receivers respect me so it was pretty cool."

Has anybody ever shut you up?

"Nobody has had a good comeback on me. Even though when I messed up against Calvin Johnson when I came up and bit on the route and he scored, he came up and was like, ‘Man, you've got a good jam. I really can't say anything about you. You all are physical in the SEC.' He was cool about it."

Who is the best trash talking receiver in the SEC? "No one has really done anything to me in the SEC, so they really can't say anything to me. I don't think any of them are funny yet. I just like making jokes with them."


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