Florida cornerbacks coach
Q: What do you think about matching up with UT’s long receivers?
A: I think we’ve got a great challenge. They have skill and talent. They play hard. Our guys have got to play fundamentally sound and aggressive. We’ve got to make plays that the scheme allows us to make. And more than ever we’ve got to just strain to the ball and give tremendous effort for us to have a chance to win the game.
Q: What’re some things the secondary needs to do to get off the field on third down?
A: Execute. I think every coverage concept, every call has the little things of those coverages that we have to execute. We get the big picture of what’s going on, but it’s the details of the coverage, the leverage, the technique needed. The little bit of details are what’s hurting us sometimes. As a group we have to have better communication and more of a focus on the details of each concept.
Q: CJ Henderson is reserved, but he’s been a captain. How does that translate to a leadership role?
A: You don’t a lot of times have to say anything to be a leader, because what you’re doing is showing people with your actions. So those actions sometimes speak a lot louder than words, and I think the way he has gone about the offseason, the way he practices, the way he’s constantly striving to be a better player throughout games, that in itself lends itself to be a leader. By example and by his work ethic, he’s showing his teammates something.
Q: He always stays late after practice. Are other guys buying into that?
A: He’s his own person, but I think what he has done is he’s brought those younger DBs and said, ‘Hey, this is what I do to get better with my craft after practice ends. And if you’d like to, I’m encouraging you guys to do it.’ And initially there was one or two, now there’s 10. And so when you say leadership, he didn’t jump up and down and go ‘Rah, rah,’ he said, ‘This is what I do to get better. You guys should try it because it’s been working for me.’ Him and Marco did that every day, every practice, summer, fall, it didn’t matter, and now you see most of the guys out there doing the same work.
Q: What have you seen from true freshman corner Trey Dean III?
A: Eager, competitive. He’s a guy who is going to give you everything he’s got. He’s got to still focus on the details and the big-picture concept. As a true freshman playing on this team and playing a big role, I think sometimes, he’s not a guy who has been overwhelmed by the moment at all, but he wants to do good so bad that he still has to do what the coverage or the play-call has him do. He wants to just make a play sometimes, which you love. I’d rather say, ‘Whoa,’ than. ‘Giddy-up.’ And you love his competitive spirit. He’s a guy, the more he plays, the more he practices, the better player he is going to be.