Player Quotes from SEC Media Days

July 26, 2007

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Vanderbilt Player Quotes -- 2007 SEC Football Media Days
Wynfrey Hotel - Birmingham, Ala.

Linebacker Jonathan Goff

On expectations for the upcoming season:
"We have really high expectations. We expect to win every game on our schedule. I believe we are physically and mentally prepared to do that."

On the close games:
"It is good to realize what we could have done and then build off of that."

On trying to get over the hump:
"We were able to hang in there and make the plays against Georgia to get the win. That was a big win for us to get over that hump. We had a lot of close games in previous seasons that we did not make the necessary plays to win."

On this being a breakthrough year for the team:
"The mindset of the program has changed, and I just believe that Coach (Bobby) Johnson and his staff have done a great job with recruiting and changing the mindset of the team."

On Quarterback Chris Nickson:
"He is one of the hardest workers that I have seen on the team. He is always out there doing extra work, and the team has a lot of confidence in him. After workouts, Chris (Nickson) is always out there throwing extra with the receivers. I have also played a little long toss with him just helping him out the best I can."

On potentially being an All-SEC athlete:
"I believe that I am a quality player. I do as best I can to prepare myself physically during the off-season, and while we are in season I try to do as best I can to learn the game and learn my opponent. Then, I take that and try to give a great effort on Saturdays."

Wide Receiver Earl Bennett

On being home:
"It feels great to be back in Birmingham, my home city. There is a great crowd, wonderful fans, and it just feels great to be back home."

On Quarterback Chris Nickson:
"Chris Nickson is a great athlete. He is so dynamic, he can throw ball, run the ball, and it is really hard to scheme against him. I really enjoy playing with him and I look forward to a great year with him."

On Vandy's chances this season:
"Our chances are very high this season. We have a lot of returning starters and guys who have been working extremely hard this off season."

On Jonathan Goff:
"Jon Goff is a phenomenal player. He is a great player both on and off the field, and one of the best linebackers in the nation. All of the recognition that he gets is deserved and I love to play with him."

On your expectations for this season:
"I really don't set expectations for myself, I just go out there, play hard, and do the best that I can to help this team (Vanderbilt) win. That's the most important thing to me, for the team to win, not how many touchdowns or catches that I have."



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