Pass Rush Important vs. Colorado State

Sophomore <b><!--Default NodeId For Alex Ligon is 1223468,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1223468]>Alex Ligon</A> </b>will earn the starting nod in Saturday's season-opener with Colorado State. Ligon, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end, looks to become a mainstay on the Colorado defensive front after starting one game a season ago. BSN caught up with Ligon Monday for a conversation.

Question: Which game are you most looking forward to playing, and why?
Alex Ligon: CSU. It's a big game for the state. I've been waiting all summer to get in to this game.

Q: You've played at Invesco; now you're playing here at Folsom. Which do you prefer?
Invesco was great. That was some stuff that you always dream of — running out there on a professional field. But you feel different playing in front of your home crowd. You got that extra edge out here. I'm really looking forward to playing it in Boulder this year.

Q: Tell me about CSU quarterback Justin Holland. What do you have to do to be effective against him?
Put pressure on him and give him a little scare. Pressure is the main thing. I guess he's a pretty good quarterback. He's from around here, and I guess was a pretty good high school quarterback. So we've got to get pressure on him, and any time you've got the opportunity to hit the quarterback, you take it.

Q: How confident are you that your defense will be improved this season?
I'm very confident because last year we had a young defense. We got a lot of experience last year, and everybody's been working real hard and coming together. This defense is going to be one of the top ones around.

Q: What's the best thing about being a Buffalo?
The fans, and just how everybody loves football season. Everybody's telling you they can't wait to see you play, they can't wait to see you in a game. People you don't even know — like somebody came up to me earlier today and said, ‘Man, I can't wait until this game this weekend. You guys are going to do great.' That's probably one of the big things I like about it.

Q: How did you personally deal with all the offseason stuff?
I just kept a focus on my goals and what I wanted to do for next season. We all pretty much just worked hard this summer, and put our goals in front of us.

Q: A lot of the preseason magazines didn't give you all much love. Most projected you fourth in the North. Do you pay attention to that? Do you use it as motivation?
Well, that's the way they see things. If that's the way they see it, that's fine. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. But I don't agree with it.

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