CHARLESTON, S.C. - Just a little over one week left until the April 13 Spring Game and the defense continues to be in fine form. The Buccaneers battled through a constant light rain over Buccaneer Field on Friday morning as they completed their final practice of the week before heading into a free weekend.
The CSU Athletic Communications Department caught up with rising sophomore defensive lineman Jon Pohahau following the practice to discuss how spring has progressed and gathered his thoughts on the defensive line and unit as a whole.
What are your expectations for the defense this year?
"To be nitty gritty, we're going to get our hands in the dirt no matter who's in front of us. Whether it's Clemson or an NAIA school, all that matters is playing hard."
How has the energy been with the new coaching staff?
"I love the energy we've had this spring. You get down sometimes, but you hear that little coach come out of nowhere and start yelling. That gets you hyped up and the energy starts flowing again and we get things done."
What are your goals as a defense this year?
"We want to get into the backfield as much as possible and make plays back there. If the offense makes a play, then they made a play. You got to hold your head high and make them snap the ball one more time."
What are your personal goals?
"I want to hold everybody accountable, that's really all that matters. Whatever I do does not matter as long as we win. Whether I'm first string, second string, or third string, it doesn't matter. I just want to make sure all my dudes are playing at a high level."
You are one of the players volunteering at a local elementary school today. How did you get involved in that?
"Coach (Denson) gave us the opportunity, but Jahid Beamon and I were planning on doing it anyway. We want to make the most of the opportunity we have to give back to the community."