ASKED AND ANSWERED with Geneo Grissom

Senior LB talks West Virginia game, tackling Samaje Perine and new uniforms

What changed in the second half against West Virignia?

They came out and they hit us in the mouth. We had kind of a wake-up call. We just had to realize that they weren’t going anywhere and it had to be a game for four quarters.

Was it good to get something like that?

It couldn’t come at a better time. First game, it was a team that hit right back. We swung and they swung right back. You need that as a team, to play in those tough games, to grow as a team and build as a team.

West Virginia went to a max protect on multiple occasions. Do you expect teams to do that to you guys a lot?

You’ve got rushers like Eric Striker, Chuka Ndulue and Charles Tapper and myself, teams are going to have to game plan around those four guys. It’s something we are going to have to expect and something we are going to have to game plan.

How do you counter that as a pass rusher then?

It’s just being physical and being relentless. There’s always a hole somewhere. There’s always a way to get through there. Whether you’re running games or just being physical.

Zach Sanchez is clearly playing through pain, is that important for the team?

I think you can tell if you watch him play. He’s one of those guys who is going to do whatever it takes to help the team. I’m proud of him. He’s done a lot of things for us. For him to play through his pain, I think he as an interception in every game so far, is just incredible.

Is the bye week coming at the right time?

We get our massages on the weekends. I feel like my body is getting to the point where massages don’t even help anymore. It’s nice, just to have a week where my body can kind of get back in the groove of things.

Defenses can’t completely stop teams any more, but are big plays the defenses equalizer?

As the defense, our goal is to not allow them to get anything. That’s going to take big plays. Obviously, teams are going to make plays. It’s a game of back and forth, but it’s all about bouncing back and how are you want it – how bad you want it.

What did you think about the new uniforms?

I loved the new uniforms. They’re sick. I don’t know what else to say about them.

How tough is to tackle freshman Samaje Perine?

I told him at the end of two-a-days, ‘I’m glad I never have to hit you again.’ He’s a tough guy. He’s got legs that don’t stop.

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