Sophomore Safety Brandan Bishop
"We had a lot of low points last year. Obviously we struggled in some games defensively."
"I think we definitely learned from some of those low points last year."
"It was definitely an experience, just coming to campus and getting thrown right into the games."
"Something you can't really prepare for, but I just tried to learn as much as I could and take away from the experience."
"For me personally it was a lot of new stuff. A lot is thrown at you in a short amount of time. It seems like it's a long time but it's really not when you're trying to learn a whole new defense."
"You have to look at it all, some of the bad games and some of the better games."
"I've got more comfortable within our scheme. I feel like I belong now. I feel like me, Earl, C.J. and some of our other defensive backs are communicating much better than we have in the past."
"Nate is one of the smartest football players I've ever been around."
"Coach Tenuta has great knowledge of the game. He's been around football a long time."
"We were motivated by that the whole offseason."
Junior Linebacker Audie Cole
"After the first three games we started to fall apart and it seemed like it couldn't get any worse, but it did a little bit. Towards the end of the season we started picking it back up and found our rhythm but it was too late."
"Mental errors, mistakes, people were getting injured. We were missing some people and then it was a snowball effect."
"A lot of guys were thrown in, true freshmen or true sophomores, which is still early I think to be starting football games."
"The people who came in and stepped in they did what they could, and now we have to build off that."
"Most everybody coming back now has game experience."
"I grew a lot from the beginning of the season to the end. I was able to read the offenses better... I can tell you the first game, the first snap, everything seemed to be going so fast. By the end of the season it had slowed down."
"I think everyone is a lot more confident than last year. The people that don't have that much experience are feeding off the others."
"He's a great player. Offenses are always going to be worried about Nate because he's a great player."
"Coach Tenuta, we've had a great time with coach Tenuta. The linebackers together, we all talk about how we pick up things we never used to see."
"He's aggressive, but we all love it. I enjoy it and so do all the other linebackers."
"When you know them, they all get easy. One is similar to another and it's easy to learn... I think it's kind of complicated for the offenses. I've heard our offense talking about how our blitzes are different this year."
"We're tired of just being the offensive team and us relying on the offense. If the offense is not playing well we want them to have to rely on us if they need to. We want to be there for them. If we both can rely on each other we'll be fine this year."
"I definitely think we're going to be overlooked... I think we'll do a lot better than everyone thinks, but that will be decided in a couple of weeks. Right now I can only talk about it but you've got to do it when it's time to do it."