UCLA Linebacker Jayon Brown Sees Defensive Improvements

Aug. 24 -- UCLA weakside linebacker Jayon Brown spoke Tuesday about the defensive improvements, his own progress and anticipation of season opener...


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On shifting to Texas A&M:

It feels real good. Our season is here, everyone excited, can't wait to learn their schemes and plays and get after it. The season is right around the corner and we have a gameday next week. I can't wait.

On making a bigger name this year:

Last year it was a good year, but I know I could do so much better.  This year, it's all up to me and how I approach things. This team, it's going to be an amazing year, and I can't wait to see what we do as a team and how I develop.

On what he wants to improve on:

Everything.  Run fits, pass coverage, man coverage, zone, blitzing, everything.

On where the defense has improved:

I believe our run game has elevated a lot, stopping the run. Hopefully we can display that next Saturday. Putting players in the right situation, making corrections with the coaches.  It's going good.

On the inside linebacker battle:

They're both smart players, physical, athletic. Both can start, they're both starters in my eyes. Either one, I'm glad to play next to. I'm sure they'll both play on Saturday.  

On how they're different:

Isaak is Isaak, Kenny is Kenny. They're both good players. It's up to the coaches who starts.

On how their own offense is prepping them for Texas A&M:

I've been going against this offense since I got here.  It's a little faster tempo.  We know what's coming. We have to be ready for it. It's tempo, spread. It's going to be a physical game.

On if knowing Noel Mazzone will give them any edge:

He knows our defense and we know their offense. I think its pretty even. It's up to the plan to do the talking.

On playing in Texas:

I know we're good playing away games. The last time in Texas was a dome.  A&M is an open stadium, humidity and heat. We're not worried about that. Special teams, offense and defense, we're ready as a team.

On if they look at preseason rankings:

We for sure look at it, but at the end of the day, everyone starts off at 0-0. We'll see what happens.

On if they compare themselves to other teams:

We're not focused on that, we're focused on A&M and winning the game.

On the mental conditioning coach:

Trevor is a great guy, he's helped us as players and leaders to have more a voice and to change our thought process. Our positivity and the words we say and it helps a lot. We do mental exercises with him and verbal exercises. It's really good and helping the team a lot.

On what those exercises are like:

I can't explain it exactly but the thought process, having us write down certain things. Talking to somebody you wouldn't sit next to, get to know them, their goals, your goals, compare and how can I help you.

On if the team is closer:

100%.  Most of it, he got us on the right path and its up to us to continue on the right path and be accountable and have each others back. If we can keep it going, the season could be amazing.


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