Irish Eyes Video: Ambrose Wooden

Junior cornerback Ambrose Wooden will make his first start of his career on Saturday against Pittsburgh. Wooden talked about his first start after Wednesday's practice. Here is the video of Wooden's comments to the media on Wednesday.

Ambrose Wooden talks about his first start in this Irish Eyes Video

We've also added a transcript of Wooden's comments for those that cannot view the video.

Ambrose Wooden Transcript

On if he's looking forward to getting out on the field Saturday:

"I've just got to come out there and do my job. Just try to contribute as much as I can anywhere I can. Starting on defense, that's a big accomplishment for me, but I've just got to go out there and play my role and hopefully we'll come out on top."

On how excited he is to start on Saturday:

"I can't even explain it in words. It's been a long two years. I think this is just comes from all the hard work. It kind of pays off. I've come a long way."

On if he's nervous about the game:

"Not really. I am a little bit. A little butterflies, but I've just got to come out and play my game."

On if his spring injury came at the worst possible time for him as far as his development as a defensive back:

"You could say it came at a bad time, but overall it taught me a lesson as a person that bad things can happen, it's how you respond. How hard work and dedication pays off in the end when you keep working as hard as you can."

On the influence Bill Lewis has had on his progress:

"He's had a great influence on me. He's a great coach. Every day he teaches me something new. When he first came in I just knew that this was going to be the guy who's going to change things. Like make me understand more about being a defensive back. At this point I've learned so much from him. Every time after a play I look at him to make sure I'm doing everything right. He's had a great influence on me so far."

On what it was like going through the struggles after being such a star in high school:

"It was tough but I had people around me—my family, my friends—helping me through it. I figured every college player doesn't go in and start as he can and come in and play the first year. It a process….you've got to learn, you've got to grow, you've got to develop as player."

On his impressions of Tyler Palko:

"He's a great player. I watched the game last year. He's a great player and I respect his game. He's going to bring his "A" game and I know it's going to be a great game."

On if he feels the defense has something to prove against Palke:

""Not really. You've just got to come out and play your game. It's a new season. You've just got to be your secondary. Just hopefully everything comes together. You've just got to play football."

On some people labeling the defense as the weak link this season:

"It doesn't bother me at all. There's no weak, strong link. You can't really decide who's the weak link. We've never played a game yet. I know every guy on this team who's going to that game is going to bring everything they've got and that's all you can expect."

On what his strengths are as a corner that differentiated him from his competition:

"I couldn't really tell you. I just went out there and played hard. Every other guy played hard. Just the coaches make the decision. They say the best man plays and I don't have any way on how they decide that. I just went out there every day and tried to give them the best I can."


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