On filling in for Tani Tupuo “I think we’re pretty different in a lot of ways just in length and athleticism. Not knocking on his play, but what we’re doing this year on defense this year is a little different than what we did when he was here. My focus is just getting better everyday, learning, the techniques and learning the game as much as he (Tani Tupuo) did. Because he knew offenses in and out, so I’m watching his tape to see how he directed the other offense and just learn how to play the game.”
On his interior pass rush “I’m not going to say it’s better or worse. I feel like it’s different. There are different packages. We got Greg (Gaines) and Vita (Vea) in there when we need power and me and Turp (Damion Turpin) and Shane (Bowman) when we need a little bit of speed and a little juice on the edge. It’s different for every situation.”
What’s it like playing in such a deep group? “There’s 12 guys on that d-line. 12 guys can play. We compete every day and just try to get better on the techniques, again, just trying to learn the techniques and things like that. It’s always a competition and it’s always fun to play with these guys.”
On his expectations “I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but just three weeks away I’m focusing on me and trying to get better at the techniques and the knowledge of the game. Of course, Rutgers is in our mind. That’s our first game so our focus is there, but the focus will always be on us trying to get better.”
On the difference between coach Malloe and coach Choate “They’re completely different. The drills, the coaching style is different. I wouldn’t say one is better than the other. Coach Choate had his own way of coaching and it was great; we learned some things there. Coach Malloe has his own way of teaching. I feel like we’re going to be better players because we had both coach Choate and coach Malloe.”
Was it a tough adjustment? “No, we’ve been keeping going. Coach Choate left a good base here, so coach Malloe has been working with us. The older guys, Turpin, Elijah (Qualls) to try to build a relationship with us and the coach so we can just keep going and keep getting better.”
Three words to describe the defensive line “Silly, competitive, tough."