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USU press conference transcript and video

By Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15 2013 1:30 p.m. MDT

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“Being a junior college player is different from Division I, I’ve seen both ways. Coming in, there’s so much technique. I didn’t know as much about assignments as I know now. Coach Frank (Maile) trusted me when I first came in but I didn’t know the plays, the techniques or how they wanted me to play. As the season went on, my technique started to get better and he trusted me more. Then, I just had the starting job and I took over from there and just tried to lead.”

On his leadership role growing:

“I’m the type that just sets the example, I’m not a vocal guy, I’ll leave that up to Connor (Williams). Everyone knows that I’m not really a vocal guy, I like to show my peers how to work hard and how to believe in yourself and your teammates. It just comes down to trust, everybody is talented at this level. If you’re here at the Division I level you can play ball, so it just comes down to leadership and showing what you can do. I just like to lead by example and show my brothers that I can play.”

On what he saw from Nevin Lawson on Saturday:

“Nevin, you’ll see him play on Sundays. Those caliber players, they do it on game day and they do it during practice. You see it on game day because he does it throughout the week. He’s one of our main leaders on defense and when we’re down and things aren’t going our way he’s there. He’s a vocal leader, he’ll tell us ‘step it up, let’s go.’ He’s the type of guy that you want on your team and all the stuff that he’s doing now, his future looks good.”

On if all the injuries on offense put pressure on the defense:

“Week-in-and-week-out, we take the game into our hands. We want to win and the defense has to win the games. It sucks to have our players go down, but every week the defense emphasizes that we have to play great. There’s no pressure and nothing fazes our defense. It’s just mental errors that we have to fix, missed assignments, that’s all. We’ve just shot ourselves in the foot.”

On what the defense took out of the second half of the Boise State game:

“It just shows what kind of men that we have in this program. We don’t care what the score says, we’re blue-collared men, and we know how to work hard. We’re going to finish until the end, no matter what the score says. Our coaches know that we work hard for everything we have and things just didn’t go our way that night.”

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