Player Quotes

Senior Defensive End Rob Jackson

On the team’s expectations...

“We made it to a bowl game last season. We were disappointed with the results, but we expect to come out, do it all over again and have a better outcome this season.”

 

On spring practices setting the tempo for the season...

“This is a big tempo setter. It sets the tempo for everybody. We get to put the pads back on, get in some contact and work on some plays, so it’s big.”

 

Junior Linebacker Reggie Walker

On opening the season at Auburn...

“I think they will be in the top 10, so I’m really looking forward to that. When I first heard that we were playing them, it was like a light went off in my head. I was excited. I wanted to play somebody from the SEC. I’ve always wanted to do that.”

 

On changing the defensive scheme...

“We’re changing things a little bit. We’re going to do a lot of three- or four-man fronts. We’re doing everything over again, just like this same point last year.”

 

On players getting experience last year...

“Everybody got experience last year. Coach Prince said seventy-some people played last year. Everybody has game experience, so it won’t be as big a shock playing in big games or in big moments.”

 

Sophomore Quarterback Josh Freeman

On his thoughts of the spring and the upcoming season...

“I’m feeling good. We have a team that’s been in the system for a year. We have a lot of young guys coming in. We also have a lot of returning guys like Jordy Nelson and Daniel Gonzalez. Last year, it was more of competing to see who was going to start. This year, it’s more that everybody sees what role they are going to be playing. We can focus more on installing new stuff, scheming and getting a good foundation for the season.”

 

On The Power of One’  slogan for the season...

“It’s really about a collective mindset and everybody pushing for one goal. It’s a unity that’s going to be tough to stop on the field.”

 

On being the starter heading into spring practices...

“This year I’m looking to have more time to take the offense to a different level. We’re going to have Carson (Coffman) in there coming in and learning the stuff for the first time. I’m just looking to get more reps than I did last year. Last year, at the beginning, I didn’t get too many reps. This year I’m looking to get a lot more.”

 

 

On looking forward to spring practices...

“This is going to be fun. I don’t have to worry about who’s trying to one-up who. I can just go in, work as hard as I can and not have to worry about who is doing what.”

 

Junior Defensive End Ian Campbell

On the defense coming back...

“I think that we will be real tough. We lost some key guys but we got the bulk of our team back and we are all excited about the guys that are back and some of the new guys coming in. We are looking forward to having some guys step up and contribute.”

 

On his leadership role...

“I always kind of felt like I was in a leadership role last year. Now I just need to step up and be a little more vocal and be a little more take-charge. We lost Brandon (Archer) who was very vocal and a good leader by example as well. I just need to take on that role like he did and try to do that to the best of my ability.”

 

On the improvement of the team...

“There is always a lot of room for improvement, we all felt that way. We are not the same team, we have a lot of the same guys but we will need to involve a lot of new guys into the system and some guys will have to step up. Even some of the veteran players are going to have to do some different things because the other teams will know what to look for. I think that we will be able to put it together and do some great things.”

 

Senior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson

On his mindset...

“Right now it is just getting into spring ball. We have some new coaches this year. I need to get used to Coach (Dave) Brock and how he wants things done and what he wants me to do. Trying to get my timing down with Josh (Freeman) and then going from there.”

 

On how he plans to lead...

“I don’t really do a lot of talking so I will try to lead with my actions. Hopefully I can show the other kids how to work out and how to practice. That is how I will lead and hopefully some of my teammates will pick up on it.”

 

Senior Defensive Back Marcus Watts

On The Power of One’ motto...

“It is something that Coach (Ron) Prince has been talking to us about. We are one team and that is the way that he wants us to look at it because you are only as good as your offense, you’re as good as your defense and you’re as good as your special teams. We all have to be one, and we all have to work together to accomplish our goals.”

 

On the frustration of his injuries...

“For the past two years it has been really frustrating. It is still frustrating to me now being out for almost a whole month last year. With the injury that I had last year, I have not been able to do some of the things that I wanted to do to make myself bigger and stronger. I am healed and healthy now and I am ready to go. I finally have a spring ball, my first one in two years, and I am really excited about the upcoming spring.”