Five questions with Leon Orr


Florida Gators defensive lineman Leon Orr said he's working on increasing his efficiency as a pass rusher.

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Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.

Q: This season has been difficult for your team, but personally, how has it been for your increase in playing time?

A: It's been really good for me to go out there and get some starts and get some experience under my belt. It felt a lot different this year going out there and being with the starting defense. It was very exciting and still is.

Q: How frustrating were your first couple of years when you didn't play and switched back and forth between offensive line and defensive line?

A: In the beginning it was just a process of finding myself. I came out of high school with a broken leg, so I didn't necessarily possess all those qualities that I was getting recruited for. So I had to come and figure out how to get myself back right. Once I was pointed in the right direction, I just was happy with the progress I was getting every year.

Q: Did Florida's previous depth at defensive tackle also make it hard to see the field?

A: I mean, I was playing behind first-round defensive (players) Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley. These aren't guys that are slacks. These guys go out there and produce. And even before then, I was playing behind Terron Sanders, Lawrence Marsh and Omar Hunter. All these guys are really good defensive linemen and have won games for the Gators. So it was never really being frustrated. I just felt honored to be in rooms with these guys and continue to play with them.

Q: Your role expanded even more when Easley tore his ACL in September. Did he give you any advice or words of encouragement to help you fill his void?

A: The biggest thing he told me is to just go out there and play with heart. The next play could be your last play. So whenever you go out there, you have to give your all. That's why I never stop. When I'm out there, I'm trying to be as excited and ready to go as possible because you never know when it's going to be your last play.

Q: What do you feel like you've done well this year, and what do you still want to improve?

A: You can never go wrong when you have an opportunity to learn the game and get visual reps. There's nothing like being in it. So whenever I can go out there and get experience and work (on) my craft, I'm going to take advantage of it. I do feel certain areas like pass rushing is one of the things I do need to work on and become more efficient with.

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