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By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: What is it like to coach a player with the outgoing personality of end Bud Dupree?
Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh: “It is unbelievable. He is such a great guy. No problems. Sometimes with superstar guys there are going to be problems or always want to be babied. He is a tough, physical guy that likes to go to war and work every day.”
Question: How has freshman tackle Reggie Meant done?
Brumbaugh: “He has done really well. He is a physical guy and that’s what we have to have. He has a good sized body, a SEC type body. That’s what we need in this league.”
Question: Is it fair when other says you will not let the defensive line not be good?
Brumbaugh: “You have to. I tell everybody — it doesn’t matter if you have older guys in the secondary or younger guys, it doesn’t matter. That front has to be right. If that front is not right, it’s all going to come on us. We have to make sure we are right up front. That’s the biggest thing. I tell them I don’t care if you are a freshman, sophomore or whatever you are, we have to get right.”
Question: Has Mister Cobble, a senior, changed from spring practice until now?
Brumbaugh: “Dramatically. You watch the tape from last year to this year and he is starting to understand the game and how to fit things in and do things. He is the point man in the middle. He’s the guy who shuts everything down. If he can get that double team, he can help us out a lot.”
Question: Do your players like the pressure of knowing they have to be good for this defense to be competitive this year?
Brumbaugh: “We love the pressure. We have to have the pressure. Like I tell you, it starts up front. I am always telling my guys we are part of the solution, not the problem. It is on our back to be good. That is just what it is.”