Q&A with Airese Currie

"I think it would mean alot to us," said Airese Currie about a win over Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. "We'd probably be ranked in the top 20 or the top 15 heading into next year. There's no telling what it could for us."

Airese, how is your ankle holding up right now and are you back at 100%?
Currie: My ankle is fine now, and it's not bothering me at all. I'm back to full strength. I'm just looking forward to the game.

The Tennessee secondary has been talking you guys up the last few weeks, what have you seen from their defense that impresses you?
Currie: They play real physical and play a lot of man-to-man coverage. They are also real sound fundamentally. We know that we won't have a lot chances to catch the ball where we are wide open. Those guys will be right on us all the time, but we still have to catch the ball and make a play.

I know you must be thinking that man coverage is something you feel like you can exploit a little bit.
Currie: I'd love for them to play man. (laughing) To me, that's a big challenge because it's just you against another guy, and the best man will win. I'm just competitive like that because I want to win in those kinds of situations. It looks like they have played man coverage most of the year, so we are expecting to see some more of that on Friday.

How did you spend your Christmas break?
Currie: (laughing) I tell you what, I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything but just sit around and eat and relax and take it easy. To be honest with you, it was a nice break.

What a win over Tennessee mean for this football team heading into next year?
Currie: I think it would mean alot to us. We'd probably be ranked in the top 20 or the top 15 heading into next year. There's no telling what it could for us.

Are you looking forward to all the festivities surrounding the bowl game this week?
Currie: Oh yeah, there's a lot going on. All of the coaches have been talking about how exciting it is to play in the Georgia Dome too. I'm just looking forward to taking it all in.

Is it safe to say that this is a little better than playing up in Boise in the middle of the winter?
Currie: (laughing) Oh yeah. A lot better.

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