Did you watch the film from the Clemson game?
As a d-line we did... we left some plays on the field. A lot of people want to point their finger at Kyle Bambard, but we shouldn't have even put him in that position. As a team, it was a team game and we left some plays out there on the field that could have been made. That game didn't rely all on him, and coach reiterated that. We all saw that it's a team game and everything we do matters throughout the whole game.
Do you prefer to have another tough game the next week?
Like Jaylen said, it doesn't really matter who we play. I love competition and I came here to play the top teams everybody is talking about. That's the games you live for and that's the games you talk about growing up.
I don't care who we play. All we do is focus on us and making sure we're good. At the end of the day, if we do that and everyone comes together and plays the best that we can, good things will happen.
Lamar Jackson is so fast, to get an angle on him... how does that change your pass rush?
You have to be aware of it. You have to keep him contained because his game is to get out the pocket and run around and make plays on his feet. You have to understand that going into the game and throughout practice... work on it.
It's a big emphasis for us, for sure. We have to keep working on it and make sure we don't let him do the things he does, which is get out the pocket and extend plays with his feet.
Is there anything you can look at from last year's film against them?
I actually haven't watched the film yet because today is my day to gameplan on who we play next, so I'm not really sure, but I'll definitely watch it later tonight and have that answer for you.
What's the biggest difference for the defense since the ECU game?
Everybody is playing for each other, love each other, and are out there playing for each other.
We've been eliminating big plays because it can hurt the whole team. Everybody is fighting for that because we're playing for each other.
Fundamentally and schematically, nothing has changed since then?
How important it is to know the assignment and do the assignment?
Our word of the week is discipline. With the defensive line, our job is to contain him and keep him in the pocket and that's what we have to work for.
Have you noticed the incredible numbers he's put up?
He's definitely putting up some good numbers and everybody is talking about him; that's all you hear about. We're prepared for who we have to play this week. It's up to us to limit his production and do whatever it takes to win. That's what we have to do.
When people think of NC State they think about offense, but during the Clemson game they kept saying how good you were on defense... is it nice to have some recognition for your side of the ball?
It is I guess. I don't really pay attention to it, I focus on what we have to do. Whether people like us or love us it doesn't really matter. I'm playing for Shawn Boone, or B.J. Hill, or whoever... I don't care what anybody else says. We're just playing for each other.
Thoughts on Dravious Wright's play vs. Clemson.
Dray is a great player, he's explosive. The plays he was making, it fired everybody up. When you see a guy playing like that... you're like I have to step my game up because he's playing for me. Now I have to step up and play for him.
Lamar Jackson had a 68-yard run against you guys last year... can last year's game serve as motivation?
It definitely can because he got an explosive play on us and that's what we've talked about... limiting explosive plays. If we limit explosive plays and don't let them have those for touchdowns, I don't know what will happen. Hopefully, if we eliminate the big plays and we can make more big plays... do whatever it takes.