Fifth-year senior offensive lineman from Lumberton, N.C.
What is your mood and the mood of the offensive line?
I’ve been out for about two weeks now. I got one snap in another game. I was just trying to keep everybody positive. Last week’s game is history. It was a tough loss for us. We have to move on and we’ve been trying to get better this week in our bye week.
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How do you respond to Steve Spurrier's criticism of the offensive line?
We have to take it for what it is. We have to learn from our mistakes and use it as inspiration to get better. We have a really good Alabama team coming in next week. We just have to lick our wounds and get better.
Will you play against Alabama?
I’ve been practicing all this week. My ankle feels good. I’m confident that I’ll be playing next week.
What’s your opinion of the offensive line play?
I really think everybody wants to do well. We’re not there yet. We’ve definitely been criticized in the past. We just have to make sure we’re not the weakest link. We have to get everybody going in the right direction. Everybody on the offensive line wants to play well and win big. And that’s what we have to keep striving for.
What’s holding the o-line back?
I don’t think anything’s holding us back. We just have to really want to do it. I feel like everybody really has the common goal, and that’s to protect the quarterback and win big. And I think that’s what we’re pushing for. I really believe we have a chance to make that happen before the season’s over.
Third-year sophomore offensive lineman
How do you think the offensive line is doing this season?
We’re doing OK. We’ve got a lot of work that we still need to get done. We’re doing all right. That’s about all I can say about it. I’ve still got a lot of things I want to improve on and do better.
What are you looking for when you watch film?
We look at assignments, if we blocked the right assignments. From there we look at technique and ways you can improve on your technique and creating bigger holes for our running backs, give Stephen (Garcia) longer time to hold the ball and throw. There’s all kind of things we watch for.
Do you take quarterback sacks personally?
Absolutely. That’s the biggest thing for the offensive line. You want to protect your quarterback. That’s what you take pride in. That’s something that we do not want to happen to where we get looked at as a weak link for giving up sacks.
You played at Alabama last year as a redshirt freshman. Thoughts on the Tide coming here this year?
I’m definitely excited about this year. I’ve got to redeem myself from last year. I didn’t play very well last year against Alabama.