J.R. Reed: I see the big hits in practice all the time

October 7, 2019


#20 J.R. Reed | Senior | DB 

On the hunter vs. hunted message Coach Smart gave against South Carolina two years ago and what he remembers about that game… 
“That is our mindset the entire year. We want to hunt people, attack people, instead of feeling like we are being attacked. Even if we were number one during that game, it feels like everyone is constantly coming for you. We want to play our best against everyone.”
On how he has continued to adopt that mindset over the past two years… 
“It is a saying that I really like and a saying that I tell the DBs a lot. We emphasize that you don’t have to be attacked, you can be the one attacking. We apply that to defense all the time.” 
On what goes into a halftime at a game like Tennessee to lead to such an effective third quarter defensively… 
“Just making adjustments and staying calm. Everyone figuring out what they need to do individually and then making sure everyone is on the same page. Everyone just focusing on coming out after halftime and doing their job.” 

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