Five questions with South Carolina’s J.T. Surratt
Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. — Five questions with South Carolina redshirt senior defensive tackle J.T. Surratt:
Q: What’s life like on the defensive line without Jadeveon Clowney?
A: We’re going to continue our success. We got guys on our team who are ready to show they can make a name for themselves. We got guys who are going to step up and take on those leadership roles and make plays. We’re going to get better.
Q: What will South Carolina’s defense look like this season?
A: We’ve got a lot of guys coming back. We lost some big guys, but at the same time, we’ve got some guys that can make plays. We have people that are stepping up already and filling those leadership roles. We’ve also got a lot guys who are hungry and eager to start this year just so that we can, not so much quiet some things, but show everyone that we’re not going to fall off.
Q: What will your role be as the only returning starter on the defensive line?
A: I have to step up and be a leader. Still be a cheerleader, but at the same time, show the leadership and let the guys know we’ve still got enough time to do what we have to do. I have to keep the hunger in them and I have to keep them ready to go at all times.
Q: Is it difficult having to bring along so many young guys?
A: Not at all. Every chance I get to share with them what I’ve learned going into my fifth year, I do it. It’s not a problem. Everybody deserves a shot to show what they can do to compete for a spot on the field, and I’ll help them any way I can.
Q: How much are you looking forward to the season opener against Texas A&M and being the first game on the SEC Network?
A: I love playing on TV. Every game is just another opportunity to show that South Carolina is a great team. Texas A&M is just the next team that we’re preparing for. They’re a great team, but we’ll be ready for them. It’s nothing new. We know what’s expected. We’re just ready to get out there and compete.
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