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Antoine Cason - Thorpe Award Semi-Finalist [QUOTES]
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 19, 2006
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“He has a lot of the characteristics of the great players, whether it’s Chris McAlister, Derrick Straight, Roy Williams or Tedy Bruschi. He brings a lot of awareness to the field and he has great instincts and great ability. He is a true competitor and an elite player.”
?- Arizona head coach Mike Stoops who has coached Jim Thorpe Award winners Derrick Straight (2003) and Roy Williams (2001)

“He approaches the game with the same desire to be great as some of the outstanding DBs that I’ve coached before. He wants to be great and he approaches his game very seriously. He works at, studies it and he practices with a game-like mentality “
?- Arizona defensive coordinator and DB coach Mark Stoops

“We put him one-on-one against the best receivers in the nation. Antoine’s our guy that we put out there alone for the majority of the game. He gets the least amount of help in our defensive scheme and we challenge him against the best receivers. He enjoys that challenge, and it seems the better the opposition, the more he raises the level of his play.”
?- Arizona head coach Mike Stoops

“We put a lot of pressure on Antoine. We roll a lot of our coverage to his side of the field and that means he is consistently matched up one-on-one with the best receivers in the country.”
?- Arizona defensive coordinator and DB coach Mark Stoops

“Antoine came here well above his years, he’s confident and poised out on the field. Having played with him his first two seasons at Arizona, you could tell that his maturity level was higher than most guys coming in. He plays the ball very well and he makes the big plays when they’re needed. I’ve noticed that he’s taken more of a leadership role this year, and he is fantastic example of a leader who leads not only through his actions and play, but vocally too. As he has matured, he has taken charge of the defense and he’s the guy that everyone looks to now. Physically he’s improved all around, which comes from his dedication to being the best.”
- Darrell Brooks, 2005 All-Pac-10 Defensive Back , 2005 Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist and Cason’s former Arizona teammate

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