Video/Transcript: Justin Shaffer and Kearis Jackson Interviews

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Video/Transcript: Justin Shaffer and Kearis Jackson Interviews

On what the offensive line has been doing to prepare after Arkansas…
“Coach [Matt] Luke is doing a great job rotating everyone in and out. I just felt we needed to get on one page. This week we practiced staying on the same page, everybody staying on the ball, husting to the ball. Just doing the right things. We just couldn’t get into a groove that we needed to give us that push.”

On getting back in shape for this season…
“It was challenging, but quarantine helped me a lot. I went down to train in Miami and was working out because I had a chip on my shoulder. I knew I had to get back into that starting five.” 

On him playing his senior season after his various injuries…
“The only thing that was going through my mind was playing and getting back. When Dr. Ron [Courson] told me everything was going to be okay, I did rehab and did what I had to do.”

On Auburn’s D-Line…
“They play hard and they look good on film. They’re in shape and they’re going to go on every play, so we have to come out with our ‘A’ game.”

On his play as a punt returner…
“I love special teams, especially punt return. I specialize myself there and build my game on special teams and being back there at punt return is a blessing. It’s something I used to do in high school just knowing that every time I touch the ball I’m trying to score. That’s the goal every time we get on punt return is to get into the end zone. Having the guys up front, those guys are important with their blocks and making sure I’m safe back there catching the punt. They do a great job of that but there is still room for improvement.”
 
On how the quarterbacks have prepared this week…
“Everybody is getting reps right now. We have Auburn this week, a big top-ten matchup. We have to come out every day like we’ve doing and just keep attacking it. Treating every practice like it’s a game, making sure that we keep working hard. We can’t slip up because each week we’re trying to go 1-0. We just have to execute our game plan and play hard for all four quarters.”
 
On how the route running has been this season…
“We’ve just been making sure that we know the details in the routes. Making sure we get the right depth. Every route, every concept we have it has to be ran a certain way. We’ve been doing a great job in the off-season up to this point making sure we’re doing the small details right. Making sure we’re in the right place at the right time.

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