Alabama Week: Jack Tyler press conference transcript

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ON IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLING THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE

“That’s always key. That’s obviously one of the foundations of football. Stopping the run, keeping the line of scrimmage. They’re going to be good on the offensive line, they always are, they always have All-Americans there. They’ve got two good guys returning and their next three will all be good. So yeah we’ll have to maintain the line of scrimmage, stop the run that’s our first goal every week.”

Jack Tyler

AVOIDING INTIMIDATION

“I don’t think anybody’s really intimidated. Football is football I think everybody is here for a reason – they all wanted to play prime time college football and that’s what this game’s going to be. Everyone’s excited for it I don’t think I really see intimidation in anyone’s eyes. I think I see a dog that’s ready to pounce and to win a game.”

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE FRESHMEN

“Like I said football’s football. Everyone’s been there before. I guess the biggest piece of advice would just (be) go out and have fun, play the game just normally. Do your technique and don’t get too worried about the crowd or anything like that. Just play your technique play normal football. But I think most people understand that. Then maybe the first few plays are a little more hyped up, but I think everyone kind of settles down and gets in to the game pretty quickly.”

ON WHAT KIND OF DOG VT IS

“I was going to say a small dog but I didn’t want to make us sound too weak.”

USING THE UNDERDOG ROLE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE

“A little bit of both, I think we could use both to our advantage. I think obviously we want to be the underdog. That’s not a bad thing to be. We could have the positive of being overlooked. They could be looking at Texas A&M or Johnny Manziel like everyone is saying. That could be great, they could lay an egg. Or we could use it as motivation that we’re not getting respect. That this tradition, this program deserves a little respect.”

THE UNDERDOG ROLE IS BEING USED AS MOTIVATION

“Oh yeah, totally. That’s stuff that’s probably been going on for months.”

WHAT MAKES THE ALABAMA RUNNING GAME SO GOOD

“I think what’s most impressive is they get up to the second level quickly. They get on the linebackers very fast, they’re good at controlling the D tackles early. A lot of blocking schemes they try to latch on as long as possible and move the D tackles, and they do a good job of getting their guys on the D tackles right away. So they can get up to the next level. So we’re going to have to be quick in our reads. Get down hill quick. And as you said, TJ Yeldon is a premiere back, he’s good at just about everything, he can catch the ball, he can run down hill, he’s quick, he’s fast, he’s explosive. He’s a good back, they’re the full package and that’s why they’re the #1 team in the country. If we want to be the defense we want to be the #1 defense in the country we have to stop teams like this.”

HOW DID A&M AND LSU SLOW DOWN THE ALABAMA OFFENSE

“I think the biggest thing that Texas A&M did was they got ahead quickly and it kind of got Alabama out of their run game. That’s their MO, that’s their bread and butter and they like to stay in that and run it all day. And if they’re behind the sticks and they’re behind the clock then they’re not going to be able to do that. That’s obviously our goal, that’s our number one goal every week is to stop the run. They were able to accomplish that and we’re going to have to too to win this game.”

ON BEING CONFIDENT IN THE VT OFFENSE THIS YEAR

“Oh I mean just going up against our offense all summer I’m very confident that we are going to be successful on the offensive side of the ball. It’s a tough offense to go against and they’re playing well. Even the young guys are playing well, they’re stepping up. They’re going to be successful I can just see it in their eyes. I have the utmost confidence in our offense right now.”

IMPORTANCE OF FORCING TURNOVERS

“That’s always a huge game breaker, a turnover even a blocked kick, or something on special teams that can really turn games like this around and get you momentum. It’s just going to be another game, we’re going to have play good defense, not turn the ball over like you said, just keep them behind the sticks and get them out of what they want to do. Then we’ll be successful.”

WHEN DO YOU GET A SENSE OF HOW YOU MEASURE UP IN A GAME

“I think it depends on the game, but personally I get a pretty quick beat right away. I think I get a good grasp of stances and alignment and where people are going to go. That’s how I’m successful, I feel like I’m a heady player and react well and kind of diagnose things quickly. I have to do it quick or I’m not going to be successful early in the game. I think we’ve got some guys with good heads on their shoulders, you have to at this level to be successful.”

 

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