"We have to do it snap after snap. Saturday we had three straight series that was as good as anybody in the country but we can't have lulls. And over and above that, you've got to be mentally tough. Defensive line is not a glamour position and you got to be where you are suppose to be every time."
"As far as Saturdays game we got to see what they bring because the week after they beat Alabama last week but everybody has got to come to play," said Donte Rumph who grew up with Southe Carolina star receiver Alshon Jeffries.
"Coach Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff teaches not to be intimidated and amazing things can happen when you show up to play.When you prepare the right way and the hardest, I'm just ready for Saturday." He said that things are slowing down for him. He said his teammates are helping him with technique and though he has a long way to go, he is getting better each week.
- Danny Trevathan is the bell-cow at the linebacker position and the defense in general. Sure he would like to see someone else assume a larger share of that load. In the game Saturday, it appeared some of that load was beginning to be shared by Ronnie Sneed, the Mike linebacker. We asked Sneed if our observation was correct?
"Yes sir," he said. "The more you play you get more comfortable with what you know and gain confidense in your abilities and what you can do. And when that happens, you can just settle down and play football and with that you become more active." Alluding to what Collins Ukwu said at the Monday presser when he said the team was too jacked up early in the game and lost focus, we probe that question with Sneed. He said -
"That could've been a problem. It was a big game and everybody knew we were going against a top ten school. You get out there and you try to do so much, you wind up not doing your responsibility. You wind up getting winded because you are so excited, you get tired quicker. Sometimes that hurts you when you're that jacked up. The second half we knew what we had to do and we settled down and started to read our keys and execute our assignments."