Q&A with USC's Stephon Gilmore


Chris Wellbaum, GamecockCentral.com

GamecockCentral.com's Chris Wellbaum spoke with South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore after a recent practice and asked him YOUR questions – the questions you suggested we ask. Here are those questions – as well as some other questions asked by members of the media – and Gilmore's answers.

Question: Have you watched tape of the Southern Miss game?

Answer: We got to see a lot of things we did good and a lot of things we did bad. We've got to put that game behind us and get ready for this week.

Q: What was the biggest thing you saw?

A: I think we played physical as a whole, but like I said, we've got to put that game behind us.

Q: What have you seen from Georgia?

A: They're a good team. They've got the whole offensive line coming back. Their receivers are good. We've just got to take it one day at a time and play our hardest.

Q: Do you expect A.J. Green to play?

A: We're calling all our coverages as if he was playing. We're just getting prepared for the offense as a whole.

Q: Is he one of the guys you look forward to playing against?

A: I'm looking forward to playing against him. He's a big-time receiver. I'm going to be ready to see what he's got.

Q: Who else do you look forward to playing against?

A: Right now, I'm just trying to focus on Georgia, and going against him. I'm just getting ready for that.

Q: What do you think about when you line up across from a receiver?

A: First, I think about the call I get from the coaches, and after that I think about not letting him catch a pass. I just take away whatever he's trying to do.

Q: Is there trash talk between you and the receiver?

A: Probably on the field, but once we're off the field we get back to normal.

Q: Do you start the trash talking or does somebody else?

A: I like to get in the receiver's head during the game. I like to talk a little bit.

Q: Would you say that Georgia is the biggest SEC rival that you have?

A: I wouldn't say that. We've just got to take it one game at a time. All the teams in the SEC are good.

Q: How big is this game in particular?

A: I think this game is very big. It's an East team. It will be our first SEC team that we play. I'm looking forward to it.

Q: Do you like playing them early?

A: I don't really care who in the SEC we play early, but Georgia is a good team and we've got to get prepared for that.

Q: You play three different positions on defense, offense, and special teams. What is your favorite position?

A: I like corner. I like lining up by myself on the outside receiver. I like to play all positions. I just like playing football.

Q: Did your success last year create added pressure on you this year?

A: Not really. I just come out and try to do what I can do and put no pressure on myself. I just try to have fun and play football.

Q: Are you excited to go up against A.J. Green and Georgia's talented receivers?

A: I'm really excited to go against [them]. They've got a good wide receiver corps. You've got to take it one day at a time.

Q: Do you feel like you have to step your game up from last week to this week?

A: I learned from last week. I'm going to try to play harder this week and just get ready.

Q: Do you think you can slow down Green the way you slowed down Brown last week?

A: I'm looking forward to it. We won't know until after the game.

Q: How big of a motivating factor is it to go against a guy with as much acclaim as Green?

A: It's big. He's a good player, but he puts his pads on like I do, so he's got to show me what he's got.

Q: Do you have a sense that this game means more than the others?

A: You've got to take it one game at a time, but this is our first SEC game and they're in the East. We've just got to come out and try to play hard.

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