On LSU's chances this season:
"It's always great to be thought of in such a high manner. We never really get into the preseason hype. We're just going to get together this Friday and report for fall camp and take those three or four weeks to get better as a team. We're just looking forward to opening up against Mississippi State."
On the loss against Florida last year:
"We think about that all the time. Going into a season and being competitors you never want to lose any games and that was definitely a letdown for us, but we didn't let that effect the outcome of the whole season. We just bounced back and moved on and continued to play great football for the rest of the season."
On the new quarterback, Matt Flynn:
"He's going to be fine. Matt is a poised veteran, this is his fifth year. He knows how to handle tough situations. Like you saw in the Miami game, he can come in and get the job done. He's a great passer and a great leader. We're sad to see JaMarcus (Russell) go, but that's how it goes sometimes. That's why you recruit great football players to come to your school and I think Matt Flynn is a great quarterback and he'll get the job done."
On playing against Nick Saban now:
"Yes, Coach Saban recruited me and I played for him one year. I enjoyed the time that I spent with him but Coach Miles is our head coach now and I'm glad to be a part of his team. He's a great coach and I've learned a lot from him. Coach Saban was the head coach then, and Coach Miles is here at LSU now and that's our head coach and we're going to fight for him until the end.