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On if the A&M game will give an indication of the defense's ability to stop the run:
Absolutely. Yes it will. It will be really good for us. Texas A&M is a good team but if we do our job properly, we'll come out on top.
On if he's confident in the improvements:
Absolutely. In the scheme, I think we play more for each other. As a defensive lineman, my job is to be able to make plays but also make plays for the linebackers and DB's. If I don't pressure the quarterback, the linebackers can't make plays and if they don't hold up their receivers, then the D-Line can't make their plays. It's a crossover in responsibility.
On if they have the depth on the defensive line:
Absolutely. Almost every single person in the defensive line room.
On if a game of this magnitude ups the excitement level:
It's always exciting to play football to me. It will be a big stadium, and that's exciting, but I don't think the outside factors should affect us that much. It's a football game, that's what we'll keep it.
On if it can erase the end of last season:
Honestly, I take every day as a new one. A clean slate, a clean season, I'm just ready to play football against these guys.
On going against a Mazzone offense:
It will be really weird, to say the least, but I'm excited, it's something I've seen for a while. I'd expect him to try something new, but I'm excited to see what will happen.
On what they focus on when watching Trevor Knight:
We focus on both. He's a good runner, he's an athletic quarterback and knows what he's doing. We have to make sure to keep him in the pocket.
On if the crowd noise will affect them:
It's nice, but again, its like a bubble. The football game is the bubble, the crowd noise is outside. You tune it out. It's a mental game.