bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the game against Nevada. It was an exciting game and maybe a game that you feel kind of slipped through your fingers a little bit.
DeWayne Walker: Yeah. I don't know how to take that, sometimes you feel like it's a little bit of coaching not being able to pull these games out or you can look at it, we're closing the gap rapidly. Probably a little bit of both. These last two kind of tough but we've gotta keep going.
bc.net: You jumped out to an early lead and led at halftime. What changes were made by Nevada if any in the second half that might have slowed down your passing attack?
DW: Coach Ault is a hell of a coach and I just think he got on their tails at halftime and they came back and basically challenged us to match what we did in the first half and we just weren't able to match it. Against a team like that you've got to be able to match blows with them and we were able to do that in the first half we just weren't able to get back in the second half.
bc.net: Last week you talked about one of the big keys was going to be matching their physicality and their intensity and you did that for just about the entire game. Your team also showed a lot of resiliency, you had the interception that was thrown by Matt and they go down and it looks like they're going to score to go up by 21 but you are able to get a turnover and the offense comes right back down and cuts the game to a seven point margin with eight minutes left to play.
DW: You've gotta give our coaches a lot of credit. We coach pretty aggressive and we challenge our guys and we're demanding and I think a lot of good football teams do that. It's just great to see our kids battle. I know we want to win more games and a lot of times you want things to happen but this is only our third year in this program and we basically had to start from scratch with trying to put this stuff together. Again, we're not into moral victories but I don't want our kids to feel like they're not progressing because this football team is definitely progressing.
bc.net: One of the big progressions we've seen this year versus the first two years, you take a play like the first two interceptions that Matt threw, in the past they would really seem to have a snowball effect and things would get out of hand but this season we've seen the team be able to bounce back from mistakes like that.
DW: Yeah and again as you mentioned earlier, this team has shown a lot of resiliency and I think it has a lot to do with their hard work and their confidence and their commitment of trying to get 60 minutes out of them.
bc.net: This Saturday you take on Georgia. What are some things that you've seen on film that you think might work in your favor?
DW: Well we hope that they come in and they're half asleep. That's what we're hoping. Obviously they're like an NFL team. We played against Ohio State and we've played against some teams that are nationally ranked so that part isn't going to be a big deal to our guys but they're a good football team and we're going to go in and fight these guys.
bc.net: Obviously they had some struggles in special teams, particularly in kickoff coverage and that's one of the things the Aggies really excel in. Taveon Rogers has been able rip off some big returns against some very good teams. Is that an area that you think you might be able to take advantage of and set the offense up with good field position?
DW: That definitely will help. Field position is going to be big in this game and obviously getting stops and getting off the field. Those are going to be some things that we're going to have to use as an advantage if we get our chances.
bc.net: The SEC is noted for their team speed. What are some things that you can do as a football team to use their speed agains them?
DW: Obviously misdirection plays offensively and trying to get them to over pursue and try to use their team speed against them that way. Defensively we're going to have to do a good job of just knowing what they're doing and try to get a jump on them. We're going to have to rally in terms of our cover teams which are going to be critical and hopefully we can take advantage of their kickoff team with Taveon.
bc.net: They have an outstanding linebacker in Jarvis Jones who was named the National Defensive Player of the Week. As a defensive coach, how do you do some things to try to neutralize very good players like that?
DW: There's a lot of different ways. A lot of times you just need to go right at them. Sometimes with these guys that are so athletic and so fast, you make the game easy when you try to run away from them. There's going to be times where we're just going to have to go right at him and make him play and there's gonna be times when we're going to have to use some misdirection plays to slow him down a little bit and try to capitalize on certain downs.
bc.net: You've been making a lot of strides from week to week and just based on scoreboard results alone the team is much more competitive this year than last year and that was something that was a goal for you going in. Do you see a different attitude with your team this year at this point in the season versus last year at this point in the season?
DW: Yeah, I just think our guys know now we're in games. We can win any game on the schedule. I know that's real positive. I know that's what we've preached to them. They know they're better, they know that we have better talent and that we're a better football team. I think as long as you know going in that you have a chance to win, that's going to motivate you to play at the highest level.
bc.net: Georgia presents a big challenge for the team but do you look around and some of the other performances this year against the BCS teams, like the Utah State game at Auburn, like your game against Minnesota and point to those and say, "Anything can happen."
DW: No question. That's something we'll talk about today in our team meeting is that you have to hold on to that. This is a great opportunity for our program, regardless of what happens. We've got to go make these guys play. We've gotta play at a high level obviously and if they don't play at a high level then they'll give us a chance to battle with them.
bc.net: What are some things that you really want to see from your team this Saturday, regardless of the outcome?
DW: Just see these guys fight. We've fought all year, we've been competitive in every game this year and we want to keep that going because we still have some games left. We still have a lot of season to create more wins and more of a buzz in our program. I just want these guys to fight.