Three for Three with Reggie Carter: Pt. 3

On penalties hurting the defense:
“It was San Diego State right back over again. Tennessee’s first drive, get over the field, make it third down, and then penalty. It’s like we’re hurting ourselves early in the game. We have to find ways to stop doing that. I don’t know if guys are anxious or it’s anxiety or nervousness. I still believe we could have had a third-and-out in the first series of both games. We need to come out strong. Tennessee didn’t hit us in the mouth like SDSU did.”

On Akeem Ayers:
“Akeem is a great athlete, probably better than I am, and it’s a little different because now he’s out of control, he’s trying to make a play. When I was younger and I was trying to make every play, I wouldn’t get the penalty, but I wouldn’t make the play. Rather than do my job, I tried to do everything. He’s just got to settle down and relax and plays will come to him. We kind of have a competition in making tackles, and he’s behind right now, so he’s anxious to make a play. When you’re chasing it, it’s not going to come to you.”

On David Carter:
“He did great, we probably give him trouble every day about being big and not meeting the standard of his size. He got in there and did a great job. If he can continue to get better, he’ll definitely see a lot more time.”

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  • Anonymous

    Reggie is going to be a heck of a coach when his playing days are over

  • so west Coast

    spoken like a true veteran

  • Reggie is right on target when evaluating Akeem Ayers, he does play out of control, he needs to settle down, and the same thing with Bosworth the LB he also needs to play under control.

  • Anonymous

    Jon – what does he mean about Tennessee not hitting us in the mouth like SDSU did? Does it imply Tennessee had a weaker/less effective offensive line?

  • Larry

    “Tennessee didn’t hit us in the mouth like SDSU did.”

    Ugh… they did… and broke our QB’s jaw.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly, Larry. So why the quote? Tennessee’s OL was also a lot bigger, probably stronger, right? On all counts, this quote looks wrong … so looking for clarification from Jon.

  • Johnny Angel

    It means Tennessee didn’t come out effectively and put up points.

  • Larry

    Ya… agree Johnny. I believe he meant that SDSU came out and scored 2 early ones… but you gotta admit, ironic choice of words.

  • Reggie meant that Tennessee didn’t shock UCLA in the first quarter like SDSU did. That’s what he meant by come out and punch them in the mouth.