Auburn Game Significant To Captain Munnerlyn

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has gotten off to a fantastic start in his freshman season at Carolina, and he has quickly become a fan favorite with his aggressive, physical style of play. Munnerlyn, a native of Mobile (AL), is especially looking forward to playing the home state Auburn Tigers on Thursday. GamecockAnthem.com caught up with Munnerlyn, and he discussed Thursday's match up and more.



Question: You're an Alabama native, do you know any of the Auburn players?

Answer: I know a lot of those guys. A couple of them are from Mobile (AL). I know the tight end and defensive linemen and stuff. I know they're going to be amped up, and I'm going to be amped up with them.

Question: Not many people are giving you a chance in this game. Is it fun to be in the underdog role at home on national TV?

Answer: Well, I like being the underdog, because the other team comes in soft thinking we're just going to give them the game, but I know in my heart that my team is ready to play.

Question: The Auburn quarterback talked today about coming in here on Thursday and throwing the ball all over the field against you guys. How do you respond to that?

Answer: Well, he might feel that way, but I think all the DB's, we're ready to play football. We're ready, and we're good at defending the pass, so we're ready.

Question: Who gets to guard Auburn's top receiver, Courtney Taylor?

Answer: We haven't made that decision yet, but whoever, we're ready for him.

Question: Did Auburn recruit you?

Answer: Yeah, they recruited me… I really didn't like Auburn or Alabama. I just wanted something different, because everybody in my state goes to Auburn or Alabama, so I was like "something new."

Question: Didn't Chris Smelley talk you into coming to Carolina during the recruiting process, rather than staying home in Alabama?

Answer: Yeah, Chris Smelley, he came when I was on my visit, and he talked to me. He was like, "Captain, let's try something new." I was like, "okay, let's go for it." It's taken some change being far away from home, but I like it. I love it.

Question: Did a lot of schools back off of recruiting you because of your size?

Answer: No, because my speed, that drew a lot of them and my physical play. So they didn't back off.

Question: What's it like trying to cover Sidney Rice in practice?

Answer: It's fun, actually. It helps me out a lot, because I'm guarding one of the nation's best, so it helps me out a lot. I like guarding him.

Question: What's the secret for a guy your size to cover bigger receivers?

Answer: The secret is it's hard for them to get off the jam, because they're so tall, and you've got a lot of space to hit them. So when I get a hand on them, I just try to use my strength to push them back. Then (I use) my speed and I can jump with them.

Question: You can jump with them?

Answer: Yeah, I can jump with them. My vertical is thirty-nine and a half (inches).

Question: Can you dunk a basketball with leaping ability like that?

Answer: Oh yeah, I can dunk.

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