DT Eric Coleman Profile
CUTigers.com caught up with DT Eric Coleman after Saturday's Orange & White game in Death Valley. The defensive line came together in a big way that afternoon, batting down 7 passes as a unit. Coleman, a rising senior, was responsible for 2 of those.
You're in much more of a leadership role on the defensive line this year with the loss of three guys from last season. Your thoughts on that?
Coleman: It feels good. I just feel I need to step up a little more personally. Overall, I think I had a decent spring, but there's still a lot of room for me to improve. We also improved a lot as a unit this spring and I think we showed what we could do, especially near the end. But as for being a senior now, it feels great.
You guys knocked down a lot passes on Saturday against the first and second team offense. Is that something that's been stressed more to you this spring?
Coleman: Coach West always emphasizes that to us. If we are on the line of scrimmage and we can't get anymore pressure on the quarterback, make sure you get your hands up and try and knock down the pass. That's been a big emphasis this spring. Of course, we want to get the sack too if we can.
As a senior, what do you try to do to try and help some of the younger guys out that haven't been through the year as a fulltime starter?
Coleman: Just teaching them some of the stuff that we already know. We've been through it all before. We also try to motivate those guys too. That's probably about it.
Spring practice is over now, how does it feel?
Coleman: It feels great. (laughing) You know, this is my last spring practice, and I'll never have another one, so that feels real good.