LB Darry Beckwith
On his opinion of the team's
pressure to prove itself for the
"There's no pressure. We have to
take it game by game.
On the difference between having an SEC opener and opening with non-conference game …
"(The game) is a conference game and it's on a Thursday night. I think that just adds to the excitement. It's a little different and changes up the atmosphere."
On a Thursday night's game affecting the practice week …
"We practiced Sunday and that was different, but other than that it's been the same type of drills. We are ready to play.
QB Matt Flynn
On the season opener Thursday …
"We are excited about playing on Thursday. We are excited to get started as early as possible."
On Coach Crowton and the game plan …
"(The team) is not going to change
much of what we have been working on. We have watched
On if he is ready for an SEC style defense …
"I think any time you go on the road against an SEC opponent, it is going to be tough. You have to expect a tough battle. Mentally, (the team) is very ready. We have worked hard in the off season. We are ready to go and ready to battle."
DT Glenn Dorsey
On being excited about finally playing a game …
"I'm ready to play an opponent. We've been beating up on each other all camp, so we are just really looking forward to the game Thursday night."
On whether he is nervous for the first game …
"Every game is nerve-wracking for me. You always get that feeling in your stomach, the butterflies. But, after the first play or two, I'm ready to roll."
"I think they (the coaching staff) prepare us so well for all of the games. They come with a practice plan every week, and we just try to execute on game day. Every play that we see on the field we see a million times in practice.
"It's more of just recognizing the plays and being able to make the play. Sometimes, the game seems more relaxing than practice."
what he sees in
this year compared to last year
… Mississippi State
"I think they are going to try to throw the ball a little bit more. They have a good quarterback coming back. They have a real good running back, also, so you can't just focus on one thing."
running back Anthony Dickson … Mississippi
"I see a lot of power. He runs downhill, and he's not scared to run you over if you don't come correct. I think he'll probably be their workhorse this year, and they are going to be giving him the ball a lot of times.