Blake Barnes: Coach Bobo and Coach Richt both said that the bowl practices were a pre-spring and to try to approach it with that mentality. The mentality I have had in getting ready for spring ball was to try to improve on the areas that I needed work. I'm approaching spring practices trying to get better. There's obviously competition with the starting job and all of that, but I think it's more important to get better than focusing too much on beating out this guy – I don't want to get sidetracked on that too much.
What do you think you need to work on? What will win you the starting job?
Consistency. In order for me to get better I have to continue to work and study.
Is it footwork? Is it throwing?
There is no specific thing. My all around game needs to improve. I can always learn more about defense and learn more about what different defensive schemes are trying to do.
I know the coaches don't talk about strengths a ton because they are trying to get you focused on improving yourself, but when you think of your strengths what are they?
One of them is, after being here for a few years, understanding our offense. I think I have good arm strength and I think I have good quickness. I think all of those are good.
How is your confidence going into the spring considering you are going up against guys that are older and younger?
My confidence is actually improving every day. The more reps and experience that you get the more confident you are in the things you can do. There is always going to be competition.
Do they ever talk about you with getting looser? You and Joe T seem very serious guys. Does Coach Bobo ever talk with y'all about that?
He always tells the quarterbacks do go out and relax and have fun. I think both of us are very serious guys, but one thing that I always find joy in is playing ball and throwing the ball. Any time we get to come out here and do that, it's fun.