"Oh, man, we've had a chip on our shoulder ever since the Sugar Bowl ended," junior linebacker J.K. Schaffer said. "We've been working out hard, conditioning hard, practicing hard. We definitely have a strong mentality coming into this game. We're ready to prove we can do it, just like our offense."
"I think it's going to help us a lot to be more sound at stopping the run," Schaffer said. "We're going to be able to put our guys in better position to make plays. I feel we maybe spread people out too much last year. There shouldn't be as many holes in our defense as last year."