Five questions with Damien Jacobs

Florida senior defensive lineman Damien Jacobs (4) is getting a chance to prove himself after Dominique Easley went down with a season-ending injury.

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Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

Q: How do you feel the defensive tackles performed against Kentucky without Dominique Easley?

A: I think we did OK. We can definitely do better. Just getting off blocks quicker and getting more penetration.

Q: How much of an opportunity does Easley's injury create for you?

A: I'm going to have way more reps than I thought I would have this year. It's my last year also, so it's a big opportunity for me to get myself on the (NFL) market.

Q: Has your role changed at all?

A: It got a little bigger. It didn't necessarily change because I was doing a lot of leadership things when he was out there, too. But it's a little bit more important now because that's one senior gone and a voice that's out of the young guys' ears. So I've got to be more vocal.

Q: What do you see from Arkansas' offensive line?

A: They're real physical. I think they're a little chippy, a little dirty. So we're going to have to be ready for it all this week.

Q: In what ways do you think they're dirty?

A: I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play. Especially with the center, No. 64 (Travis Swanson). He'll get after you. He'll make you want to do some things to him. So we're going to have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that.

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