Steve Paris: The first thing we saw of them on tape is that they like to throw the ball around a lot. They're a very good passing team. We've got to stop their receivers and quarterback, because they've got a dangerous offense. It all starts with their quarterback Josh Betts, and continues with the receivers. They have a nice running back, too, but from a defensive back's standpoint we've got to stop the quarterback and receivers.
CN: Does their attack remind you of any others from this season?
Paris: I would probably say Texas A&M, because they threw the ball against us pretty well. But there are not very many teams that throw the ball like Miami of Ohio.
CN: Switching gears a little bit, let's talk about the breakout season you've had in the secondary. What's it been like to play a bigger role in 2004, and lead the Cyclone defense in tackles?
Paris: I think I answered the call pretty well. I did what I needed to do to help this team win. I did all that I could do. I liked when coach game plans that I'm in the box like a linebacker. I love making tackles. It's good when your safety is the leading tackler on defense. I kind of enjoyed that.
CN: What clicked for you that you took the next step?
Paris: It's really just playing more. We have a lot of experience on defense, and I liked how we bonded together. It made me feel pretty good to be playing on the defense. We played together as a team. This defense had a personality.
CN: As one of the many guys returning to the defense, what kind of expectations will be set for the future?
Paris: I want to do better than I did this year. I want to make All-Big 12. I've got to get some awards my senior year. We'll be losing Ellis Hobbs, Erik Anderson, Tyson Smith, and Brandon Brandon Brown on defense, but we've still got a good group coming back. I want to be a leader on defense.