SPRING: Q and A with Brandon Siler

Brandon Siler was a force last year and has emerged as a true leader under Coach Meyer and Coach Strong. After a strong performance in today's scrimmage, Brandon shares a few thoughts with Gator Country.

On the scrimmage defensively…

"It started off a little slow, but we got it together and started moving better. The second team really got after it, I mean [the first team] got after it a little bit, but they did real good."

On blitzing the quarterback…

"It's frustrating because in the game if I get one step away from the quarterback, I'm hitting him and he's going to end up on his neck. That's going to frustrate the quarter back. It really doesn't frustrate me because I know what the real deal is. A couple of times I thought I did get him, but that's just how it is when you have that red shirt on."

On the changes in defense from last year…

"It's more against our offense because it's preparing us for a spread, more passing offense. Last year, a lot of it was a lot of base stuff and a lot of run defense. We are prepared to play against four wide offenses now."


Brandon Siler registers a sack vs. South Carolina. He looks forward to a strong season this year. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

On the aggressive package…

"I like coming after them and I like blitzing. Like I say, a lot of times the quarterback is going to get hit in a situation like that."

On the offensive notoriety…

"Offensive guys are more of the glitz and glamour guys anyways. They are more of what the fans come to see, but we got a great offense. We just need to do our job to get them back the ball and they can score with it."

On the linebacker corps…

"The new guys are practicing hard and they had to learn a lot of the new stuff. Some of the stuff is the same for me and Earl [Everett] so we're just trying to help them. They've been working hard and a couple of the guys have gone out there and made plays."

Esteban's Take: What can be said about Brandon Siler that hasn't been said already? Siler has already reached the bar that Channing Crowder set so high as far as on field leadership, but his physical play is well on its way to reaching that point. Siler was in the middle of the pile all day and got in the back field several times to rush the quarterback. Like any good middle linebacker, his success will only be complemented by a healthy pair of dominating defensive tackles so the return of Marcus Thomas and the continuing improvement of Ray McDonald certainly won't hurt the rising star.


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