What's the mood of the team right now coming off of two losses?
"We're just hungry. If I had to describe it in one word, we're just hungry. We started off smokin' with three wins and it's been a hard two weeks, we played two real good opponents. Even though the score was as bad as it was in the first game, we were 4 or 5 plays away from winning that game and of course last week we were a play or two away, offense or defense, you pick one play out of the game that went the other way, we win the game. We're just hungry for another win."
This team seems like it's very close to being a solid football team. How close are you guys to being an upper echelon big twelve team?
"Like I said, we're just a couple plays in each game, and we're right there. Our coaches push us so hard, especially my coach, he stresses that we are a couple plays away from being legit. Everybody thinks we get lucky here and there, but no, we were a couple plays away in each game from being undefeated."
How would you evaluate the performance of the defensive line as a unit so far and what are the differences from last year?
"We are a much better than last year. We had the same amount of time as last year but there was a lot of other stuff going on distracting us. This year we are focused and together. As a whole I think we are doing numbers out there."
How would you rate your individual performance so far this season?
"I played good, I could play better. I could be more disruptive in the back field but I've played better than last year."
What are some of the things the coaches are helping you with to be more disruptive in the back field?
"They coach me different, well I wouldn't say different, they coach me hard because they always tell me the potential that I have. I could be this and that if I just do the little things. It's more of the little things that I do that would make big differences on the field."
What's the difference between your freshman and sophomore year, and what improvements should we expect to see from you this year?
"Last year I was kind of wild. I play defensive end in high school, so I wasn't used to aggression and being physical. I wasn't used to getting touched as much as I did when I moved to tackle in college. I think that is the most outstanding thing that stands out in my mind: the physical-ness of playing on the inside. From last year I've gained a good 15 pounds, I played at about 280 last year now I play at about 295 so I can hold my ground more in the inside and now I can get off and make a play."
Talk about the play of Spencer Nealy and how have you helped some of the freshmen along…
"Spencer is a character. At first I didn't say much to him because he was interested and focused and you could tell he wanted to play. He was going to do whatever he could to do to play. When coach gives him a chance he goes out there and he might be wild, but his motor is always going, that's what I like about him and that's one thing you can't coach."
What does the team need to do to win their first away game in front of a partisan crowd?
"We just got to focus on us. We can't focus on where we are going, what the weather is going to be, the fans. If we focus on us, I think we'll be alright."
Have you had a chance to look at the KSU film and what challenges will KSU offer up front in the trenches?
"They are a real big, physical offensive line. They don't move so good, they don't like moving. They run the power real good and they have an awkward way of blocking it, they double team. They kind of like, pull you down and out of the gaps. We've been working on that a lot so that shouldn't be an issue."
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