Dunlap Looking to Get Better

He may be listed as a probable number one pick on virtually every 2010 NFL Draft projection, but that doesn't mean Carlos Dunlap is ready to rest on his laurels. The junior defensive end says he has to get better at every aspect of football as he heads into the 2009 campaign.

Carlos Dunlap is coming off a huge season in which he established himself as one of the top defensive ends in college football. He led the Gators with 9.5 QB sacks, blocked three punts and also swatted away an Oklahoma field goal attempt in the BCS Championship Game. The 6-6, 290-pounder from North Charleston, South Carolina registered two of those sacks against FSU and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

Dunlap talked about his goals for the upcoming season, opening the year at number one and the progress being made by his "apprentice", sophomore William Green.


On opening the season No. 1 ---- "They always give it to you if you've won the national championship. But just because it's given to (us) doesn't mean we're not going to work hard to earn it."

On dealing with the hype and expectations ---- "Honestly I haven't been thinking about it. I've just been working to better the things that I feel like I messed up on last year or things I need to develop.

On where he needs to develop ---- "I want to get better against the run. I didn't really mess up, but I want to get better at everything, my stats, everything.

On how the game changes for him:

"Physically after a year's experience everything seems to slow down a little bit. Me and the guys on the D-Line we all feel more comfortable with everything. All of our stances and all of our plays we're just more comfortable after a year's experience (together) makes it second nature.

On William Green's progress:

"William Green, he's put on about 40 pounds since he's been there. I think this is going to be his second year. You saw the one game he came in and played linebacker when a guy got hurt and he got player of the game in that game when he was asked to step up. I expect a lot of good things out of him and he continues to work hard and stays humble.

NOTE – Green had three tackles and one sack against The Citadel

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