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McKinley, James, Aumavae Presser

October 29, 2020

Verone McKinley, DJ James and Popo Aumavae all spoke to the media this afternoon.

A common theme between them was talking about their own growth as a player as well as talking about how impressed they’ve been with all of the new young guys.

Here’s some of their best quotes from their pressers. A link to their full pressers is also linked below.

Safety Verone McKinely:

On where he’s spending most of his practice time:

I mostly spend my time at free safety. Just back there at free safety handling business. 

On the covid-19 scare:

Coach Cristobal and our training staff have been really hapring on making sure we wear our masks and wash our hands. So to see what happened you know it’s just college football and that’s kind of the world right now. Whatever we need to do, whatever protocols we need to take we need to take them seriously and make sure we’re doing it to the fullest.

On the culture shock of moving to Oregon:
Oregon is different. It’s such a great school honestly. From the campus to the teachers to the academic staff to our coaches it’s like a family. And I feel like me coming here and those guys coming here is probably some of the best decisions we’ve had to make in our lives. And I’m so glad to be here. 

On Mykael Wright and DJ James:

Well getting game experience means a lot. So having that game experience and taking it into year 2 will help them tremendously. They are guys that are both ready to go right now, you can put both in and they’re ready to start and be contributors and make plays in the secondary.

Full Video:

Cornerback DJ James:

On players opting out/opting in:

My thoughts going into the opting out of the season is it’s my time to step up. I’m prepared for this moment. My coaches know I’m prepared for this moment. But them opting back in that just gave us more confidence. 

On this fall camp:

Man camp has been fun. Coming in as a freshman last year things were going really fast, you got to get adjusted to the college speed. But going into camp this year I’m feeling more comfortable and I knew about the defense it was just a learning experience. I just felt really comfortable just being under this defense and under this scheme. I feel like I know more this year and grew more as a player on the field and off.

On Deommodore Lenoir:

Oh Deommodore has been great. He’s keeping us up the part. Right when I came in he took me under. Him and Thomas made sure that I got the learning keys from them. Teaching me stuff that I needed to know for the position. When he came back he gave us a lot of confidence to our whole group.

On the strength of the the secondary:

I’d have to say the strength is definitely us communicating on the field with each other. Us knowing the calls and being under the defense for Avalos for his 2nd year. Just knowing like knowing what’s going on on the field is really good.

Full Video:

Defensive Tackle Popo Aumavae:

On what he thinks his big strides have been:
For me it’s been weight loss and just really falling back on fundamentals and asking coaches questions when I’m lost and actually need help. Or asking Jordon or Austin.

On what he’s learned from Jordon:

I’ve learned a lot from him. I mean along with Coach Joe and Austin he really taught me the ropes to being a nose guard. Just being behind him and obviously he’s a great player and just picking his brain. Asking questions to him and certain techniques that we run and just picking his brain whenever I need to.

On who the toughest O-lineman has been in practice:

They’re all great players. For me it’s between Alex, Ryan and T.J. because that’s who I go against the most. But like I said they’re all great and Alex’s grip is insane and once he gets ahold of you it’s kind of hard to break. But they’re all great players.

On the young defensive linemen:

The depth is great. Like you said we have plenty of guys. Depth is way better than it has been before. They’re all standing out. Strong big guys that just have to hit the playbook more and learn the plays better and just keep moving forward.

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