A: Yeah it can be a lot of competition and they’re trying to get the spot, but whatever the coaches decide that’s what the coaches decide.
Q: Is Jeremy Pruitt still hard to please?
A: He’s not hard to please. He’s just a hard working guy that wants perfection, but he knows that he’s not always going to get perfection, but he expects that.
Q: Is he still getting after guys when he doesn’t like what he sees?
A: If he doesn’t like you he wouldn’t get on you. That’s a good coach in my eyes.
Q: What went into the improvement of last year’s defense, and how will you continue to improve with Damian Swann gone?
A: We’re just working hard trying to get that chemistry.
A team takes bond, loyalty and chemistry. For us to come together as a team we’ve got to have that.
Q: Is Dominick Sanders stepping up as a leader?
A: I feel like the team is leading. We’re coming together and everyone gets on everyone.
Q: Is Pruitt adding a lot of new stuff?
A: Right now we’re just going over the basics.
Q: What’s the matchup with Malcolm Mitchell been like?
A: Sometimes that’s’ just how the cookie crumbles; we’ll just be on each other. I don’t see that too often, but when I guard him I know I’ve got to guard him.
I just know that’s going to be someone that makes me better.
Q: Did you ever get truly comfortable with the sets and formations last year?
A: I’m getting more comfortable. I wouldn’t say completely comfortable because there’s some things that I know personally that I’ve still got to work on. Like I said I’ve just got to go out there every day and try to give my all.
Q: What’s the biggest thing you miss not having Swann out there anymore?
A: Last year he brought a lot of tempo to the defense. We’re just trying to get our chemistry back.
Q: What are some things you are trying to work on and improve?
A: Mental toughness.
Q: How do you do that?
A: Just go out there and every rep that I get tired I try to work even harder that next rep.
Q: What helped you become a key member of last year’s defense?
A: Last year I was just working hard every day. I tried to give it my all; not for anyone (but) it was just for me. Last year that’s just how the cards fell down and I got a lot of playtime towards the end. From then to now I’m still doing the same thing.