Q & A With Bulls DB Johnnie Jones
USFN: The defense came out of the gate strong against Rutgers, what the team do to stay focused for the game:
Johnnie Jones: To stay sharp and focused, because it gets a little boring playing against each other, what we did was make practice a competition, finds ways to compete, everybody competing, corners vs receivers, Running backs vs Linebackers, O-line Vs D-line, competition keeps you sharp, it motivates you, and it brings out character. You want to practice how you want to play.
USFN: Tells about your first quarter Interception:
Johnnie Jones: They were in a spread formation, I made my read, and was going for the hit, then I saw the ball, Grabbed it, then I was in the end zone, and it felt great. I think my mom was more excited then I was. she knows I been close all year, I Talk to my mom every week, and she kept saying I would get one soon, that I had a few picks in High school and the ints would come. I wanted to celebrate, but the Defense had to go right back on field, so the celebrations had to wait.
USFN: What happened when you were riding on Ray Rice's back?
Johnnie Jones: Well on the play I was fighting off a block, and I had outside help so I was turned inside, I twisted and reached my arm around him, and he was already low, so I could just get my arm on him, and I just tried to lean on him, put my weight on him, and he carried me for a few yards,I know it looked funny.
USFN: How does it feel to get your first BIG EAST road win?
Johnnie Jones: It felt really good to get a road win, we had to play sixty minutes, and as long as we play sixty minutes, there will be more road wins to come.
USFN: Do you feel the defense is getting its swagger back?:
Johnnie Jones: Oh Yeah, the Defense played good, we were flying out there, but there is always room for improvement though, I think we only had 4 interceptions last year, and we have 8 this year already. We just got to remember to go out and do our jobs, its a privilege to play football, we can't wait for the next guy to make a play, you got to go out and make your opportunity.
USFN: It was your idea to Honoring Bradley Mosely?
Johnnie Jones: I wanted to recognize Bradley, I've known him since he got here. and nobody knows what its like to go through what he went through, it keeps you humble.
USFN: What are your thoughts on playing (1-7) Syracuse?
Johnnie Jones: Don't look at their record, we Just got to come out ready to play, its still football, one game at a time.
USFN: How do you feel about playing all the north east games?
Johnnie Jones: I like playing at home, but its nice to see different places, see different climates, season changes, get away from the Florida heat, but wherever we play football is football.