SEC Media Days: A.J. Jefferson

Senior defensive end A.J. Jefferson

On coming to SEC Media Days:

“Coming to school here, I never thought I’d be able to come to something like this, but I’m blessed and just lucky to be here.”

On the defensive coordinator changes:

“Playing defense doesn’t change. Every defensive coordinator we’ve had come here might dress it up a different way, but it’s all the same thing. They want us to be juiced and have energy and just go out there and play – to love what we’re doing and have fun doing it. Tackling is one of the ones that all the coaches touch on. That, being juiced up, and having fun, just loving being out there on defense.”

On the rivalry with Ole Miss:

“Being from Mississippi, of course the Egg Bowl is something serious. But I feel like both teams have improved so much that the winner of that game could be the team to represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship game. I feel like it is what it is. I feel like it’s not that bad of a rivalry, but I’ve never experienced anything crazy. Of course you’re going to say words across the field, but that’s every game. I don’t feel like it’s gone too far.”

On new defensive coordinator Coach Peter Sirmon:

“Coach Sirmon is a great guy, a real people person. You can tell he’s been in California for a while, because he really just brightens up everybody’s mood. With him, we have defensive meetings. Every coach is in the business of getting you better, and I like that about him. I can tell he’s very passionate about what he does, and he loves it. As far as getting us better, I can tell you he’s in the business of getting me better because he wanted me to learn every position up front. I can tell he wants me to be versatile so I can show what I can do.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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