Pierre says there are no excuses


Posted Aug 16, 2012


Olsen Pierre is one of the starters at defensive tackle now. Read on to see everything he's saying.

Olsen Pierre feels that this year’s D-line is more like a family. Read on to see what he has to say about this year’s defense.

Q: How do you feel about your team after the scrimmage?
A: I think we’re getting better. We’re young but there isn’t [any] excuses for that. That’s why we’re getting stronger, better and more physical.

Q: What are some of the weaknesses and strengths in the defensive line?
A: Some of the guys need to be taking time to get down the plays, but we’re getting better every day at practice.

Q: How is the d-line compared to last year? A: We’re more family-like. A lot of older guys last year didn’t know what to do with us. But, this year, [with] a lot of the young guys, we’re teaching them more, coaching them more and making them more like a family.

Q: What are some of the errors the younger guys are committing this year?
A: I think it’s the system and doing the plays. That’s what every freshman is having problems with. But that’s what we are here for. We’re helping every day.

Q: What type of things have you done to help out those freshmen?
A: Every time we go to the rooms, [I] study plays with them and go over plays to get them more comfortable with the system.

Q: You’ve been here for two year. Do you feel more comfortable with the playbook?
A: I feel like Coach Jet (Jethro Franklin) has helped me know the playbook a lot. I feel like I know the playbook like the back of my hand. I just keep trying to learn more and more.

Q: You were committed to the coaches when you were at Temple. What made you go over to the U?
A: I just felt comfortable with Coach Golden. He’s a good guy. I wanted to be a part of that. He’s a smart, strong guy. I feel like he knows what he’s doing, [and] that he knows college football so well he can coach for a long time. So, I wanted to be with a guy who had a lot of experience.

Q: What has Jacoby Briscoe, Dequan Ivery and Earl Moore shown as defensive tackles?
A: They’re young, but they’re quick and athletic. They’re strong and they’re guys that we’re going to need this season.

Q: Who would you say you’re looking forward to stepping up on Saturday’s scrimmage?
A: I think all of us have to step up for the scrimmage. All of us need to have at least two sacks each.

Q: Were you comfortable about your number for the last scrimmage?
A: Nah, but that’s how I get better every day. I never get comfortable.

Q: What are you doing to improve on your game?
A: I work every day after practice. They have all been in the NFL and they all know how it works. So, I’ll be working with them a lot.



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