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On his attention to detail:
It’s always been a thing for me. I’ve always felt I could do better. Statistically, you could say I had a good game, but personally, I’m my own worst critic and I critiqued myself hard when I watched the film. I felt like I had a good game last game but there were a lot of things I could have done better.
On what he could have done to play better:
Second half, play harder, obviously, not fumbled. Protect the ball, protect our yards. You can’t fumble the ball in key moments like that.
On what his notes said:
Keeping ball leverage, playing harder, finishing the plays, catching everything that comes my way.
On how he makes the distinction on having a good game and not:
Blocking harder, that’s the difference for me. That’s what I mean by finish plays. On plays that I’m not doing anything, how can I affect the play in a positive way. Playing harder, finishing better, that’s what I told Coach Mora after the game. He came up to me after the game and said ‘Good game,’ and I said ‘Nah, coach, I have to finish better.’ The second half, I didn’t match the first half. So I have to play better.
On what the USC game means to him:
Personally, obviously, this is a game I always dreamed about playing in and being a part of. Personally, I have guys I played with in high school, Pop Warner, middle school football. I know almost everybody on the entire team. It’s a game I want to come in and dominate and win for my team.
On matching up with Adoree Jackson, his high school teammate:
The key for me is to win every play. Obviously, Adoree is a great player, I witnessed that for 2-3 years playing high school with him and I’m ready for the challenge.
On playing with Caleb Wilson again after he transferred from USC:
Caleb is one of my best friends on the team. I’m happy for him and he’s been having a good season. We call him Allstate because he has good hands. I’m glad Caleb is balling out. I’m happy for him.
On if he’s surprised by Wilson’s success given he was previously a quarterback:
I feel Serra guys are athletes so we can play multiple positions. I’m glad he made that transition from quarterback to tight end. Obviously they’re very different positions. I’m glad he’s doing well.
On Darreus Rogers, who he played with as a freshman at Carson HS:
All of my former teammates, I keep in contact with. I talked to Darreus a couple times this year, talking about the season and how he’s been doing. We definitely keep in touch.
On if he gave Caleb Wilson a hard time when he initially went to USC:
Not really, I didn’t give him a hard time. His dad was there so it was a comfortable situation for him. All of my teammates, I just want them to go through the most comfortable situation.
On why he picked UCLA over USC:
When I was coming out of high school, UCLA had more of the roar in L.A. They had just beat USC two times in a row and I wanted to be a part of something on the rise.
On what Serra coach and UCLA alum Scott Altenberg does when a Serra player picks UCLA:
Obviously, he’s happy because he went here. But he’s not baking cakes or anything like that. He’s not that kind of guy.
On if he recruits any Serra players:
I try not to steer them any way. I would want them to make the proper choice for them. That’s what I wanted coming out of high school. Unless I want them to come here, I want them to make their own decisions.
On if UCLA has lost that roar since they lost to USC last year:
We lost last year, but last year was last year, this year is this year. That was 2015 and this is 2016. That’s our mindset going in.
On if he watched the 2006 UCLA upset:
I actually haven’t seen it but since you said so, I will watch it.null