September 4, 2013
Q&A with co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall
Defensive line coach/co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall stopped to talk with WaveReport.com publisher Guerry Smith after practice on Wednesday. The Green Wave practiced outdoors at Newman on a very hot, humid morning, but Sumrall had showered and was relaxed by the time of the interview.
Here is what he said:
After seeing him practice three times, what do you like about Jeremy Peeples?
"He's got quick twitch, he's got a good get-off and he can run. You can't teach speed. A fast defense is usually a good defense, and we're trying to get him to play as fast as he can play within the scheme so he can learn what he's doing."
Can you simplify the package for him when he gets in there against South Alabama?
"Yeah, we aren't going to ask him to know everything this week, but at the same time we want him to learn as much as he can learn. Coming up here on his own extra and studying on film and on the playbook, he's doing everything to make sure he catches up as fast as he can on his end to get going."
Another guy who just started practicing is Ade Aruna, but he has a lot less football experience than Peeples. Where is he in his development?
"You're exactly right, he's a raw player, but Ade is potentially maybe one of the most athletic guys on the team. He walks in the room and he's pretty impressive physically, and you watch him run and he's even more impressive. He's a guy that football is very new for. He only played his senior year in high school, but he's also the kind of kid who's going to study and going to work hard to put in the effort it takes to get caught up. At this point we're trying to see how fast Ade can get caught up and see where it goes from there."
So the staff has not decided yet whether or not he will redshirt?
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