On last year's bowl preparations:
I think we were focused, we just didn't play very well. This time around, we have a chance to redeem ourselves, and play together one last time.
On if there is more motivation for the bowl this year:
I just think we want to win every game we play. We want to win 10 games. We haven't done that for a while. We haven't won a bowl game for a while. I haven't won one since I've been here. So I'm excited to get another opportunity.
On the hardest part of staying focused during the gap before the bowls:
It's a long process and we don't usually have that long to prepare for an opponent. It's kind of like training camp sort of, grinding. We just have to stay focused and stay energized.
On the award ceremonies tour:
It was awesome. It was a great experience. A very busy week, but I met a lot of very cool people. The one thing we had in common was everyone wants to be successful. We all have that goal to play at the next level. It's cool playing with someone who has the same interest as you.
On if any player or coach stood out to him:
I was with C.J. Mosely most of the team. He's a real cool guy, real down to earth. Real humble guy. I had a good time with him.
On what he knows about Logan Thomas:
I was talking to the Miami coaches in Houston and picking his brain a little bit and he was giving me some information and I hope to use it against him.
On if he's given thought to this being his final game as a Bruin:
Absolutely, everyone has been asking me that question all week. It's bitter sweet. I've enjoyed the process, I've enjoyed my time here. It's winding down so I'm going to live it up for the next couple of weeks.
On how it feels to be a part of the culture change at UCLA:
It's awesome and one of the reasons why I came here. Just trying to make this place better. Anytime you can leave a situation better than when you first arrive, it's why nobody wants to leave. It's pride.
On looking back on his career:
It's surreal. I try to take it in stride, live in the moment and realize how fortunate I am. Every day I got to travel, I had a good experience so I just try to live in the moment.
On the Sun Bowl gift suite:
I like the hair dryer. I might have to grow my hair out. I take pride in my hair. It might help me out a little bit.
On who on the team could use the hair dryer:
I'm looking at R.G. (Randall Goforth), right now, and he's got those locks.