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SEP. 14 -- The UCLA freshman safety, Jaleel Wadood, talked about getting his first career start against Texas...

UCLA freshman safety Jaleel Wadood, talked about getting his first career start against Texas and more.

On his first start against Texas:
It was really exciting and fun. I had a little nerves. But my name got called and I stepped up to the plate. It was a real fun and hard hitting football game.

On when he was told he'd be starting:
Five minutes before the game.

On Anthony Jefferson:
I don't know when he hurt his ankle, but I guess he hurt it right before the game, so I had to be ready.

On what his reaction was when he was told he'd be starting:
I was happy and then nervous at the same time, playing in front of all those people. I just thank God, and we balled.

On when the nerves disappeared:
I think I made the first two tackles, so I was like 'alright, it's just football' and I went out there and played my game.

On if he was pleased with his starting debut:
I think I did real good for my first time, so hopefully I'll build upon this and enjoy the W.

On if he and Tahaan Goodman starting was nerve-wracking:
Its not tough because Tahaan is a great player and Coach Demetrice Martin is always telling us to be ready and play for your guys. We were ready for anything. We play with the two's and have a good bond and we were ready to go.

On how he'd grade his performance:
I think I'd give myself a B+. I did good but I still have some things to work on.

On the defense getting the stop to set up the go-ahead touchdown:
Everyone knows defense wins championships. On the sidelines, the offense turned the ball over and we didn't panic. We knew we could get the job done when we went on the field.

On if they felt they had to bail out the offense:
Not at all. We're going to have their back, theyll have our back and we'll play for each other and that's how it works.


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