USFNation.com got a chance to catch up with one of the top returning defensive players from the Bulls in WILL linebacker DeDe Lattimore. Lattimore turned heads on the coaching staff last year with his maturity and excellent play as a redshirt freshman. As he enters spring as a returning starter, we caught up with him to get some of his early impressions on practice so far.
After four days in practice and the second in full pads, what are you seeing out of the guys out there?
We picked up last year from the bowl game, I feel like we got to come together. A lot of the young guys on the team got to come together. I’m sure we will though.
What about guys like Mike Jeune and Antoine Pozniak who have come in early?
I think they’ll help us out in the long run; them two are great guys who love to work. Poz is young but he’s a smart kid and the same thing for Jeune coming from JUCO. He has to learn the system a bit more and I think he’ll be a great addition to the team.
What is it like coming into spring as an incumbent starter?
I feel like I got my spot but I feel like it’s never mine to claim. I feel like I got to come to work every day and that’s what I plan to do.
After one year in the system, is it easier to come in and pick everything up?
Yeah, it’s much easier. I get to read the plays faster. I’m smarter, play faster and I just know where everybody else is at.
After losing some of the guys from the linebacker corps like Sabbath Joseph and Jaquian Williams, do you see yourself taking a leadership role on the team now?
Yes sir, I feel like I should step up. I lead by example, I’m not a vocal kind of leader but I lead by example.
What are your personal goals for this spring?
My personal goals are to do my best and help the team out, that’s it.