Q&A wth Airese Currie
Airese, one of the Maryland players said last year that their intention wasn't just to come down to Death Valley and beat you guys, they wanted to embarrass you. Does that go up in the locker room this week?
Currie: Well, it hasn't yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did now that you mention it. We just have to go up there and play hard and go in there the mentality that we are going to do the same thing with those boys up there on Saturday.
What is it about Maryland that has given you guys so many problems the last two years?
Currie: They just played a lot harder than what we've played. I think the last two seasons they've just played with more heart than we have and they've gotten the best of us. For whatever reason, I think that is what has happened.
Did this off-week come at a good time for you?
Currie: Yeah, it came at a real good time. Me personally, my body was feeling it a little bit and I think it helps to have a week off like that. I think most of the team would tell you the same thing too.
Are the Maryland fans any more rowdy than some of the other hostile environments that you've played in?
Currie: They were kind of like that the last time we were up there but be've been around rowdy fans before- Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State. It's really not a concern for us at all.
Maryland has the top ranked pass defense in the conference right now. What kind of problems does their secondary present you as a wide receiver?
Currie: I just think they have a real sound scheme overall than most of the other teams in the conference. They just play real good together. We just have to exploit some of their weaknesses and get our guys to make plays when they get the ball.
Would you say that the Maryland secondary is more physical than some of the other defensive backfields you've faced?
Currie: No, I wouldn't say that. They are about the same actually. The thing with Maryland is that they just seem to execute better on defense than a lot of the other teams in the conference.
Do you think this offense can continue to use the passing game to setup the ground attack like you did at Georgia Tech?
Currie: Yeah, I think so. It gets the defense playing deep and that helps open up the running lanes for the backs.
How great would it be to get over the hump and beat a team that beat you so soundly last year?
Currie: It would be great to beat Maryland, especially considering how we've played against them the last two years and especially because it would be at their place. The thing is that we expect to go up there and win, we are a confident team right now.
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