Q: The weight's kind of on you guys now. The young guys are going to be carried on the DL, whereas maybe a year ago you had Greenway and Hodge behind you. Do you guys feel that?
Mitch King: Last year, Greenway and Hodge were the focal point. Obviously they were the seniors, they were all-Americans. I think the defense as a whole has taken it on their shoulders. I don't think anything is actually on the D-Line, any extra expectations, I should say. I think the defensive backfield is going to be real good. We're all going to click. We're all clicking right now. I think as the media is concerned, the defense as a whole has taken some of the weight off of our shoulders.
Q: What's it like being in front of a crowd again, for the first time in 8 months?
King: That's the shock. I was talking, me and a couple of the other guys were joking about how we were doing so well all week then we get in front of 8-10,000 people and we screw up on the simple things. We've just got to focus a little harder, that's the big thing. Just focus, really key on what we have to do out there.
Q: Do you ever get used to the enthusiasm that the kids and fans in this state have for the program? Was that you, 10-12 years ago?
King: Yeah. I mean, I was asking some of the little guys running around where they came from. Some of them came from the other side of the state, which is driving 5 hours for a practice, that's a little crazy. Hawk fans are Hawk fans, through and through.
Q: Have you sensed that Kenny's come back with a purpose? Since he's been back, he's looked pretty motivated out there today.
King: He's got a lot to prove, coming back, trying to get his starting spot back. Alex is doing well, and he has some big competition in front of him. I think you could say he's got a chip on his shoulder.
Q: It seemed like you are using a lot of rotations, both inside and outside. Do you see where maybe 3 men on the inside, 3 men on the outside?
King: We don't know yet. We're still trying to find out who our best guys are. Today we got a lot of film to watch and a lot of good film to watch and a lot of bad film to watch to tell us who are those best guys. Right now the coach is just throwing a bunch of guys in there to see how they do and look at the circumstances.
Q: Would you rather be in there every down, the whole game, or is it nice to have maybe you, Matt and Ryan rotating in and giving you guys a breather here and there?
King: That's the great thing about having so much depth. You know that you at 98% isn't as good as Ryan's 100%. It gives the team and edge, and gives us defensive linemen an edge as well to get breaks and everybody to be 100% at all plays.
Q: How much stronger do you feel this training camp as opposed to last year, physically?
King: Coach just keeps telling us it isn't all about strength, it's all about your effort. Me knowing more about the d-line system helps me out a lot more than it did last year. Last year I was just off the wall, I had no idea what I was doing. I was just running around. This year I'm buckling down, I know the plays and everything which makes it a lot easier.