Gaskin preparing for a hostile environment

Dawgman.com spoke Saturday with sophomore running back Myles Gaskin, who is fully aware of the challenge the No. 4 Huskies will face New Year’s Eve versus No. 1 Alabama in the Peach Bowl. Gaskin talked about the success the Huskies have had as road Dawgs. 

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Are you preparing to play in a hostile environment? “Absolutely. We know their fans are going to come out and support. We know we’re going to get some fans. It’s just a closer drive for them. We’re expecting to be in there with a lot of Alabama fans.”

On walking the line of being aggressive and not turning the ball over? “Absolutely. We play every game not wanting any turnovers trying to play a perfect assignment game. At the same time we’re not going to be cautious because this team is a great team. They know how to play football. Best team we’ve played so far. We’re going to have to come out firing.”

What worked running the ball against Colorado? “O-line was doing there assignments, getting their pads on theirs and driving their feet. That opened up holes for me and Lavon (Coleman). That’s how it worked out. The passing game was here and there. But when that isn’t working we can always go to the run game. It’s a good combo that we have.”

On the combo of him and Lavon Coleman “We’re always talking to each other, even in games like ‘hey, I saw this. I saw that. Maybe you could have cut back right there. Or who did you see that or what were you looking for?’ After he breaks a big run I get excited and I’m like ‘what did you see when you did that?’ Kind of feed off each other so when we go in there we aren’t going in there blind. You have two different perspectives and you know what you need to do.”

What was your reaction when you found out you were in the playoffs? “We expected it. I expected it. Just some clarification and ready to go.”

Do you agree with the we want Bama signs? “Yeah absolutely because we want to win a National Championship. We know that goes through Alabama. They’re the best team in the country for a reason. We knew we would have to play them.”

What do you see in their front seven? “They’re tough, fast, and everybody runs to the ball. Everybody on their team is ready to go. Definitely the best defense we’re going to play all year. We’re excited for it. They know how to play ball. They’re a great team.”

Can you compare Alabama to anyone you’ve played? “I’ve watched a lot of film. I wouldn’t compare them to anybody. They’re Alabama. They’re a different team. We haven’t played anybody like them. We haven’t played an SEC team before. They play their special kind of way. We’re going to get adjusted to it and watch a whole bunch of film and go through practice and that’s who we’re going to go about it.”

Are there weaknesses on their defense? “They’re sound all around. D-line, linebackers, safeties, everybody is good, corners. All those guys are great players and we’re going to have to do what we have to do and stick to our game plan, trust in coach Petersen, and Jake (Browning) running the offense. That’s how we’re going to go about it.”

Have you talked about the Boise State-Oklahoma game from the past? “I don’t think we have. We know you guys have and parents and family members have talked about kind of the relation. You’d have to ask him, but I would probably compare them as two different games, two different teams. I don’t think he’s going about it the same way, but he could. We’ll see.”

Was there a point this year you knew this team could deb good? “Last year. Absolutely. Last year we knew what we could do. Kind of stumbled through the year last year. After that last bowl game, it was a good feeling to win that game but we knew we didn’t belong there. We wanted to play for something big. All the guys that left were like, hey this is on your guys’ shoulders now. I feel like we took responsibility and this is where we’re at right now.”

What are you looking forward to the most for the trip to Atlanta? “Just a different environment. We haven’t really traveled too far. Kind of getting to see a different location, do all those bowl activities and just be able to enjoy the trip. But stay focused on the game. This is the biggest game of all of our lives.” 


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