Trattou Talks Ole Miss

Carlos Dunlap was getting all the preseason attention, but it's been Justin Trattou who has been starting opposite Jermaine Cunningham on the defensive line. The 6-3, 265-pound New Jersey native brings a positive attitude and great work ethic to the Gators D-line.

Earlier this week, Trattou talked about the challenges presented by the Ole Miss offensive line, including all-America candidate Michael Oher.

"They have a real good offensive line, including their offensive tackle who will be a first round pick," Trattou said. "We just have to bring our ‘A' game and keep playing hard and play relentless."

Oher is 6-6, 322 and is a tremendous athlete.

"The thing about him I that he's big and physical and he plays real hard," Trattou said. "There was one play where he ran all the way down field. It should be a good challenge and I'm looking forward to it."

Trattou admits that even though the Gator defense has played well through three games this season, they're going to be judged on the entire season, so they have a lot of work ahead of them.

"I don't think [the criticism] going to stop because it's game by game," he said. "We'll see at the end of the season. We've been good through the first three games but the defense needs to be consistent."

One thing that's helped the defense, specifically the defensive line, is Lawrence Marsh. The nose tackle has been a force for Florida inside.

"His whole demeanor has changed from last year," Trattou said. "He's one of the hardest working guys and always running to the ball. The main thing I would have to pick out is his effort. He's always been a talented guy, but his effort is now through the roof.

"He's becoming a leader on our defense. I'm starting to look up to him and he's doing real well."

Through the bad times last year, and the good times early this year, Trattou said he doesn't pay any attention to anything that's said about the defense.

"We know ourselves," he said. "We don't need anyone else to tell us."

Trattou has recorded five tackles through three games this season.


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