Quick Hits with Eric Coleman

CUTigers.com caught up with defensive tackle Eric Coleman Tuesday to get his thoughts on a number of topics, including the loss of Donnell Washington and how it will affect the team this year.

Are you the guy on this defense that has to step into the role vacated by Donnell Washington this year?
Coleman: It's a blessing pretty much to be able to finally get the chance to start. You know, I'm someone the defense and the team depends on to stop the run and put pressure on the quarterback and make plays. Donnell was a great player, and he's doing good. I just talked to him last night actually. I'm just ready to go out there and get my first start and start my own legacy around here.

Can you talk specifically about the different problems that Wake Forest presents to you on defense?
Coleman: I really wouldn't call them problems, but their offense is kind of complicated with their misdirection and the option. They also have a good quarterback that can throw the ball and he's a running threat also. So we'll have to on our toes at all times.

Do you think we'll see an angry team out there on Saturday in Death Valley?
Coleman: I wouldn't call it angry just motivated. We've been looking forward to this game ever since what happened last year. We are just ready for it to get here on Saturday and go out and perform to the best of our abilities and get a "W."

What has camp been like this year getting ready for Wake Forest?
Coleman: Camp has been more upbeat. We prepare ourselves for anything when it comes to Wake Forest. We'll have to ready for just about anything on Saturday.

What did it feel like last year to lose to those guys like that up in Winston-Salem?
Coleman: It was a heartbreaker, the way things turned out. But you never get down on yourself during a game. You always have to play your hardest until there's no time left on the clock.

Are the schemes used by the offensive line of Wake Forest drastically different than some of the other teams you'll face this year?
Coleman: I wouldn't really say it's drastic, but their offensive linemen are a lot more agressive. They stay on their blocks a lot longer then most offensive linemen do.

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