Thursday Q&A with Ephraim Banda

Read on to see everything safeties coach Ephraim Banda was saying following Thursday's practice.

Ephraim Banda, Safeties coach

On junior defensive back Sheldrick Redwine…

“I mean we’re going to play the best DB’s we got. Whoever they are, doesn’t matter what position they play. What he’s done so far, he’s really upped his urgency and he’s come out here every day and he’s had it. There hasn’t been a drop off, which is really what Sheldrick’s issue was in the past and I’m very proud of him coming out here with that same urgency that [Jamal Carter] or [junior defensive back] Jaquan [Johnson] has brought and when he does that he’s a really good player so I’m proud of him.”

 

On freshman defensive back Amari Carter…

“Anytime you can get the Palm Beach County Player of the Year in your program and lay another pipe into that pipeline you’re really happy and I’m proud of him. He probably right now should be in lunch somewhere or PE, so he’s learning how to practice hard, how to play hard on a daily basis. He’s a tough kid and comes from a great program. Very proud of him and the progress he has made. He’s a very intelligent kid. He really is, he learns quickly. He’s done a good job with our support staff learning leading up to the spring and I’m very happy he’s here.”

 

On any surprises from freshman defensive back Amari Carter…

“He’s shown me he knows how to be urgent and physical. We’re getting to where we don’t have a lot of install left, so what’s happening with him now, things are slowing down and he understands what he’s supposed to do on a daily basis.” 

 

On junior defensive back Jaquan Johnson…

“What I’m most proud of with Jaquan is he’s had something on his plate since the moment he walked in, special teams to start off, last year was about being a good role player and being a good special teams player and then going to nickel. Now what we’ve put on Jaquan’s plate is not only taking all those things, but now he’s going to be in sync with [sophomore linebacker] Shaq [Quarterman] and [sophomore linebacker] Zach [McCloud] and those guys and [junior defensive lineman] RJ [McIntosh] and Big Vic a.k.a. [junior defensive lineman Kendrick] Norton. Now he has to lead. Now the young man has to go out there and help his team and be the same guy every day, which is a challenge, but he’s doing a good job.”


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