Q & A with Damien James

LSU's free safety talks about his performance against The Citadel.

Damien James recorded his eighth career interception against The Citadel and returned it 32 yards to cap the scoring in the Tigers' 35-10 win over the Bulldogs. Breaking on the pass from Joe Call, James stepped in front of the receiver to make the pickoff. He now has more interceptions than any other active player in the Southeaster Conference.

A week after he was held back from starting due to a team suspension, James tallied ten tackles and defended three passes against The Citadel.


Q: Do you feel the performance of the defense was disappointing based upon the way The Citadel was able to move the ball in the second half?

A: I wouldn't say it was disappointing. I would just say fundamentally we could have done some things to stop it. At that time and when they scored, we didn't. When we got off to the sideline, we made the corrections and we got better as the game went on.


Q: Coach Saban thought you guys played with a lot more intensity this week. Is that what you felt as you came out on the field and throughout the game?

A: Yeah, I thought we played with more intensity. In pre-game warm-ups last week, we weren't quite as fired up as we were this week. We ran around pretty well…and just tried to compete for 60 minutes.


Q: Tell us about your interception.

A: I really didn't know where he (Call) was going to throw the ball. I was supposed to be in the middle of the field. We were in a kind of man-to-man coverage. My job was to not let anybody run to the man side. I saw the receiver coming across the middle, so I knew I had to mail down on him. I nailed down on him and the quarterback made a bad throw. I took it to the house.

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