VIDEO: Azeem Victor on Spring Ball Day Six

On Wednesday, was able to talk to Azeem Victor about spring ball, his connection with fellow linebacker Keishawn Bierria, and more.

On losing a few starters to graduation “You know we’re always going to leave key players every year. The biggest thing is that next person stepping up. We’re very prepared; our team is. Jake (Browning) is not a freshman anymore. He’s improving. The offense is improving. The defense is improving. Everybody is improving and we’re just all together on it. I feel like it’s going to be a good year.”

What was it like running up the space needle? “It was never ending. I thought it was never going to end. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it to the top, but I did. It actually wasn’t that bad.”


Were you surprised Budda Baker finished first? “I could see that. I could see Budda (Baker). He’s got a lot of energy.”


Does Budda Baker always finish runs first? “Yeah, sometimes.”


What kind of player has Budda Baker become? “He’s a very down to earth guy. He just wants to get better and that’s a good thing. He’s never big timing. He’s always just humble about everything.”


What clicked for you last year defensively as a team? “We have a group of young guys. And it was also motivation to see those guys go up high in the draft. So we saw that as motivation. And they’re our big brothers so we’re just trying to mirror after them.”


On the chemistry between him and Keishawn Bierria “Me and Keishawn (Bierria) have known each other since high school. I actually went to his championship game senior year. I started hanging out with him when we were both getting recruited by Washington. That’s where the bond started.”


Is it fair to say that Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria are the new combo that replaced Travis Feeney and Cory Littleton? “Honestly I think our whole defense is a combo because we all work together. It’s never just one. But you know me and Keishawn being in the middle, we do have a bond. That’s my partner; that’s my partner in crime. We go to war; we all go to war together.”


On younger linebackers and what to expect from them “Definitely expect Benn Burr (Ben Burr-Kirven) to do some big things. I definitely expect him, DJ Beavers, Sean Constantine, I mean a lot of these linebackers – they were freshman last year – but they’re definitely improving. The only thing you can do is keep moving up and we’re definitely going to be set.”


How do you keep motivated with your spot already locked up? “You never can be slacking. You always have to be on your toes. Your job is never secure. It’s always about improving everyday.”


What’s it like out there? “The energy is always great. The defense always brings some great energy; the offense always brings some energy. We’re always out there just trash talking each other, just getting better.”


On the weather “I mean, it’s real good. I like it. The sun is out. It doesn’t get any better.”


Any chance you jump in the lake after practice? “Oh I might have to. I didn’t know that. I might have to.”


On the defense “It’s not that different. We lost about three guys, so we have the majority of the defense coming back. And the guys coming in do have experience. They all have the repetition and they all know what they have to do.”


On dropping to 227 pounds “Clean eating. Just eating clean.”


What did you eliminate from the diet? “Fried foods. Sweets. I’m a sweets person; I like sweets. Just eliminating all that stuff.”


What were you a year ago? “I was 240-245.”


What do you notice with the weight off? “I feel light. I feel faster.”


Do you still feel powerful? “Yeah I do. I do. I never lost the strength. Just bad body weight. That’s what I’m trying to get rid of.”


On maturing “As you get older, you start to calm down and you’re just chillin. That’s what I’m doing. Just kicking back.”


On not being on the all conference team last year “Motivation. Motivation definitely.”

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