Q: Do you miss being on the offensive side of the ball?
A: I miss some aspects of being a running back; it’s always fun to get the ball in your hands and be the center of attention. But right now I’m focused on defense and I wouldn’t ask for anything else but to be on defense.
Q: Are there plans in the future for you to play more offense?
A: No, I’m a safety now.
Q: You’re at strong safety. Where do you see yourself now and in the future? Strong? Free?
A: I see myself as a strong safety, but I’d like to be able to do the job of a free safety, too. I’d like to be able to go back and forth, depending on where I’m needed on the field. Hopefully, I can get the job done.
Q: What do you see as the benefits of the two positions?
A: I like contact, I like to hit. That’s what a safety needs.
Q: Speaking of hitting, you’ve had a tendency for the big hit. What’s the mentality when you’re in that situation?
A: I’m going in for the kill every single time. It’s a physical game, so you’ve got to bring everything you’ve got every single time.
Q: You got the Arizona State game ball.
Q: What’s your reaction to that?
A: It felt good to get the game ball, but it’s a team effort, so you could have given the game ball to anybody.
Q: How are you feeling? You were a little nicked up. Fine now?
A: I feel fine, my body feels great.
Q: In terms of the Arizona State game, you guys had excellent coverage all game, and then at the end there was a touchdown to T.J. Simpson where he broke free. What happened?
A: It was just a broken coverage. But we fixed it so we’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Q: You’ve had a lot of rotation in the secondary. A lot of different starters, and a lot of guys getting a lot of action. As a safety, is it harder having different guys, as you’re not entirely sure what they’re going to do?
A: I wouldn’t say that. Our team as a whole—in terms of the defensive backs—has a lot of chemistry, so if you throw anyone in there we’re going to play well together.
Q: Who is the hardest team you’ve faced so far?
A: I look at every team the same. I think if we get beat, then we didn’t do our job. I face every opponent with the idea that if we get the job done, then we’ll be all right. But the hardest team we’ve faced? I couldn’t really tell you.
Q: How many of your coverages are man versus zone, and which do you prefer?
A: (Laughing) I don’t want to answer that question.
Q: Fair, but which do you prefer?
A: I like to put a little pressure on them, so I prefer some man every now and then.
Q: How about blitzing?
A: I love blitzing!
Q: What about it?
A: You’re just gunning for the quarterback. It’s getting home—that’s what we call it. Getting home and getting to the quarterback.
Q: What are you focusing on right now during Improvement Week?
A: Fixing mistakes. We’re making sure we get some of the details down.
Q: What were your expectations coming into Stanford?
Q: On a personal level?
A: Getting on the field, starting. Being able to give the greatest contribution possible to my team.
Q: In terms of your play, what are your biggest strengths?
A: Going hard. Going hard all the time.
Q: Can you assess Oregon a little bit? You have this huge stretch coming up, and Oregon might set the tone a little bit.
A: I mean, they’re a really good team, so it’s going to be a physical game. I think the team that is the most physical is going to come out with the victory.
Q: Off the field, what do you enjoy?
A: I mean, what any other college student does. (Laughing) You know what I mean? I could say something [more], but I’m not going to.
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