Q: How do you feel as camp is finishing and game day is coming up?
A: I’m feeling good, we’ve been preparing all month and I’m just ready to play somebody new.
Q: Is it any different this year with you being a senior?
A: It’s a lot different being my last year. There’s pressure to preform but I’m prepared so I’m ready for it.
Q: What kind of role are you looking to take on this year?
A: A major one; leadership, production and everything, really. If the younger players have questions, I’ll be there to answer them and help them with the experience that I have since I was a freshman.
Q: What did you improve on the most in the offseason?
A: My confidence, coverage skills and tackling.
Q: How has camp this season differed from last season in Coach Rodriguez’s second year?
A: We’re a lot more familiar with everything that is going on defensively. I feel more comfortable in the defense and we have our starting 11 back, so everybody’s chemistry is there.
Q: How far have you come in your opinion since your freshman year?
A: Very far. I have come a long way. I’ve gained a lot of experience over the last three years; that has played a major part in my game.
Q: How much better is the secondary this year with everybody being back?
A: We’re a lot better. Everybody is stronger and more confident. The safeties are back, the corners are bac, and (Jared) Tevis is back.
Q: What are your thoughts on the defense as a whole?
A: The defensive line is stronger, the linebacker core is stronger and we have been working as a cohesive unit.
Q: Does the quarterback competition give you guys more motivation to get better, and also to make sure the best guy is running the offense?
A: The defense is going to take on a lot of pressure. We plan on stepping up. We try to give the quarterbacks a good look in practice so the games will be easier. We try to not take it easy on them.
Q: What do you think about the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility?
A: It’s really nice; I love the new facilities.
Q: What does it do for the program in your opinion?
A: It heightens it recruiting-wise. It makes the players feel like they are part of a big time program and gives them more responsibility to win.
Q: What are some of your personal goals?
A: I want to have a great season and win the Rose Bowl.