Aaron Sterling Media Availability — 10/8/19

Aaron Sterling Media Availability — 10/8/19


(mechanical whirring) (rooster crowing) – [Interviewer] What is
Georgia week like for you, as a Georgia guy? (laughs) – It’s probably like any other week. Another game, another opponent that we got to face off
against on Saturday. So I’m just treat it
like every other game. Come prepared, like throughout practice, making sure I do what I got to do, my assignments, make
sure I’m lined up right, and doing my job. – [Interviewer] How
involved were they, kind of, in your recruiting? – They was involved a lot. They recruited me all the way up to almost signing day, so yeah. Georgia was recruiting me hard. – [Reporter] Did you
grow up a Georgia fan? Did you have a lot of family members that were Georgia fans? – No, only person I knew,
probably a Georgia fan, probably was my brother. But I ain’t really grew
up as a Georgia fan. I mean, I watched ’em play, but I wouldn’t say I was like a real fan. – [Reporter] Is your
brother still a Georgia fan? – Probably, you know, I mean, I go here. He’s still going to root for us. But like, he a Georgia fan though. – [Reporter] You okay with that? – Yeah, I mean, I’m a brother. (laughs) – [Interviewer] Did you
have any strong feelings about their program,
growing up, or even now? – Yeah, they got a good
program over there. Kirby Smart, good coach. He making sure, it’s a
good program over there. Even when I was growing up,
they had a good program. – [Reporter] How important is it for South Carolina to kind of re-establish having success against Georgia? It’s been four years,
you haven’t beat them in four years, and really
haven’t been competitive for the last several years. – I mean, it’s important,
just like any other game. You want to get the W, so
that’s really about it. But yeah, it’s very important to get, like, the win on Saturday. – [Interviewer] How much does rushing, from the defensive tackle
spot, open up for you? – Just make me more versatile. So, I can rush on the
edge, I can rush inside. It’s just, helping me look better on film and stuff like that. – [Interviewer] Growing up, did you do a lot of interior rushing, or– – Yeah, in high school, I played D-tackle. Something like my senior year, I played a little end, but kind of in like a three-four scheme, so I kind of was like a D-tackle, if you’d
want to say that, yeah. – [Interviewer] How much
does that experience kind of help you with
what you’re sometimes being asked to do now? – It help me with just, stance, like low leverage. You know, like playing
D-tackle in high school I kind of took on some double-teams. I learned how to play, like, a double-team in high school and stuff like that. So that kind of helped me with like, just in case, if they get the first down on the third down, I can stay out there, play the run, just in
case they try to run it. But other than that, I feel good about it. – [Interviewer] Where’s
your weight at right now? – Probably like 250, yeah, 250. – [Reporter] When you guys went back and watched that Kentucky film, when you guys got graded out, I mean what were some of the keys, though, that helped you guys out, that success? – Practice, everybody came
ready to practice that week. Like, I mean, we always focused, making sure we was aligned right. Everybody was like, on the same page. We was, like, focused that week. Play hard. – [Reporter] In terms of
just the communication, and just being on the same page– – Yeah.
– How much of that, because, you know, we’ve
seen plays this year where you guys are in position, and then, you know,
just one missed tackle, or this, or that, how much is that, is just going back to
being in the right spot? Especially before the snap. – Very important, like
communication’s very important, especially for defense. ‘Cause we play off of
each other on defense. That’s how I like to, that’s
how really any defense is. You play off each other. One person in each spot, the other person got to be in that spot. So we just making sure we did that. – [Reporter] You mentioned practice. How beneficial is it to have an extra week to get ready for a team like Georgia? – It’s very beneficial. You can, like do extra
work on just yourselves work on things like the little things. That’s really what we was focused on, about, we just working
on the little things, working on ourselves, and
getting ready for Georgia. – [Reporter] Did you get to watch the Georgia-Tennessee game, then? – Yeah
– And did you watch it a little differently than you’d watch a normal college game? – Yeah, I was watching, I was watching. It was pretty, it was
straight in the beginning, but then, it just, yeah. – [Interviewer] What stood out with them in that game, especially
with their offense? – You talking about, like Georgia, right? Like, they offense, what stood out, they get the ball on the perimeter a lot, with stretching, they run
a lot of stretch plays. They run a little of speed sweeps, with their receivers they got. They got some fast receivers, got a good running back. I just seeing a lot of, like, if you keep your head in the game, you should be straight. Like, people just not having their head in the gap sometimes, and
that’s really about it. But they a pretty good team though. – [Interviewer] Are they
a team that can kind of manufacture a power running game, despite not doing a lot of two-back and two-tight end stuff? – Yeah, they can, ’cause
it’s the simple fact they got some big boys, like they got some big offensive linemen. So they just, that’s what they try to do. Impose their will with
the running game, so yeah. – [Reporter] Watching them,
do come way with more of, they’re really, really good, or I see some places that
we can make some plays, and we can do some
things with some success. – Yeah, yeah, I mean, they’re a good team, but every team has a weakness. So, we going to get prepared for it. – [Reporter] In your
opinion, how big is this in the SEC East race? – It’s very big, ’cause Georgia’s a team in the East that, only
way to get to Atlanta, you got to beat Georgia. You know, everybody in the
East and stuff like that, so. – [Interviewer] Aaron, what’s
this defense have to do to be better at limiting explosive plays? – We got to tackle better, communication, just getting lined up. Yeah, like I said again,
communication’s a big key for us. – [Interviewer] What about,
take me kind of through what goes into the communication– – Just with, like for
instance, our safeties. They got to align, they got to make sure, ’cause they like, they see everything. So they got to make sure everybody in the right spot sometimes. So they communicate with the DBs. Then DBs communicate with the linebackers. Linebackers communicate with the D-Line. Like a trickle-down effect.

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