Earlier this week, Missouri sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Last Saturday at Georgia, Brothers recorded 10 tackles, including 1 tackle-for-loss, and he came up with his third interception of the season.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Brothers, and he talked about what the weekly honor meant to him.
“That’s a pretty high honor for me,” said Brothers. “I was kind of in awe when I first saw that I had won it. I mean, there’s a lot of great defensive players in the SEC, and for me to get that award, it just meant a lot to me.”
I asked Brothers if he knew that he had been that productive at Georgia?
“I knew that I had a couple of tackles, more than I usually have, and I knew I had that pick at the end,” explained Brothers. “But, other than that, I mean, I didn’t think I had a spectacular game. But then again, I hold myself up to a pretty high standard. I want to be really, really good, so if I don’t play like the best game every game, then I don’t really look at it as a good game.”
On the season, Brothers has 29 total tackles, including 2 TFLs, and 1 sack, to go along with 3 pass-break-ups and 3 interceptions.
I asked Brothers to evaluate his season thus far?
“If I was to grade myself, I’d probably give myself a C,” replied Brothers. “I mean, there’s still always a lot to improve on.”
Brothers said that he’s gotten better since the beginning of the season.
“Oh yeah, of course, (I’ve improved),” continued Brothers. “I mean, I’ve taken this very, very seriously. College football is not a joke. Every time that we have an opponent, every chance I get to watch film, every chance I get to regenerate, I take that advantage.”
The sophomore talked about specific areas where he would like to improve.
“I need to get in a little bit better conditioning,” explained Brothers. “I mean, I get a couple of plays off. You know, Darvin (Ruise) rotates in with me. It gets pretty tired, especially at Georgia where it was pretty hot. We’re not used to that. Better conditioning would be somewhere to start. Also, watching a little bit more film is something that I could improve on. Georgia came out with some stuff in the second half that I hadn’t seen. So, doing a lot of that would help me out.”
And, Brothers said that the entire defense needs to improve on their tackling.
“That’s something that we’ve had trouble with,” explained Brothers, talking about missed tackles. “We can get a lot better at it. That’s just something that we’re going to be able to work on in practice…………………………………….. That’s just fundamentals. We practice that every day in practice, tackling, wrapping, running your feet.”