Leading Tackler Returns for Senior Season

Brandon Meriweather had 115 tackles last season and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Meriweather and his defensive teammates are preparing for another season as one of the best in the country.

"I tell you what he was a leader last year. I have really seen him develop physically. He is a more physical player and has done a great job in the weight room. He leads by example and in the meeting room. He is a special player and I expect a lot of great things form Brandon." --Larry Coker, March 21, 2006


CanesTime: How was the first day of spring practices?

Brandon: "It was a rough first day. It was rough for me, I know that. I started off terrible, but I ended up pretty good. I just had to slow my mind down. I was trying to do too many things at once."

CanesTime: Talk about the defense you guys have coming back.

Brandon: "I feel like our defense can be pretty good. We have six or seven linebackers that have came back that played a lot last year. We got two starting safeties coming back and Ant (Anthony Reddick) coming back after starting his freshman year. We have a defensive line coming back that everybody played so we are going to be a veteran defense. We are going to be pretty good and we are communicating. We don't have to teach anybody the basics. We are just going to keep working hard in practice."

CanesTime: Talk more about the defensive backs on the squad and what you guys are trying to accomplish this spring.

Brandon: "We are trying to get everyone on the same page. I think that is the most important thing for us in the spring. We have to have everyone working hard and working towards the same goal, which is winning the National Championship. You can't win it without the secondary being one of the best."

CanesTime: We have talked about you wanting to be more of a leader this year, can you elaborate more on that and how is it coming along?

Brandon: "I have been progressing with it. I am meeting with my coaches and learning the defense better and better. I have been getting with the players to help them understand it better. If they have any problems they call me. So I have been doing my leadership thing making sure everyone has everything right."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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