S Landon Collins
September 10, 2015
Iím not going to be nervous because itís just a game. Itís a big game, but itís a game. Go out there and play my heart out.
Q: Do you expect to be tested early as a rookie?
A: Of course. I mean, Tony Romo said heís looking for key matchups. If heís going to look for key matchups, heís going to pick on me. Heís going to get what he wants. Heís not going to get what he wants, but heís going to get what he wants.
Q: Are you excited to see what this defense is going to do under the real fire?
A: I think weíre all excited, definitely, because weíve got a point to prove. A lot of people are doubting us. Itís something that we look forward to. Theyíre going to put us as underdogs. Weíre going to showcase why we shouldnít be underdogs.
Q: Whatíd you think when you heard that Tony Romo audio?
A: I just laughed at it. Heís a vet, so he can say whatever he wants. Iím a rookie, but I mean, he comes towards my way, and he wonít be happy.
Q: Are you excited about the challenge of a good offense; they have one of the best receivers in the sport?
A: Very, very excited about that. I love challenges because it gets the best out of the player. It pushes us to the limit.
Q: Itís your first time back there since college. Did you ever play in Dallas?
A: Michigan game. Yeah, I played in Dallas.
Q: What were your memories of that game?
A: Just a blowout, thatís all I remember. It was a long time ago. CJ Mosley had an interception for six. It was a long time ago.
Q: Why do you think youíre so well-prepared for this spot? Why do you feel like youíre ready?
A: My teammates, the guys, the vets, the coaching staff. They put their trust in me, and I continue to go out there every day of practice and work on what Iím supposed to do. Every day I work on what I need to keep working on off the field and on the field. Every day I come in and do the same thing. Push forward.
Q: Does the fact that you played so many big games in college contribute to the fact that you wonít be nervous?
A: Yeah, definitely. I mean the next best thing from here, coming from college, is the Natty Daddy. We played in that, we played in big bowl games, we played in games where it cost the most. We played in games that can make or break a season. Same thing, only itís the beginning of the season now. Not really nervous about it.
Q: To be a defensive back, do you have to be confident? You almost sound cocky, but at the same time when youíre back there by yourself, you have to have confidence in yourself.
A: Definitely. Iím definitely confident in myself. I have all the skills and ability that I worked on since coming out of college, high school, all that. All I got to do is thank God for it, and continue pushing with it.
Q: Howíd you do in your first start for Alabama?
A: My first start, I got an interception against Tennessee. I got an interception for a pick-six. I had like five tackles with a forced fumble.
Q: Were you nervous that day?
A: Nah. Wasnít nervous because I was rotating in with the ones throughout the whole starting process.
Q: Was that your freshman year or sophomore year?
A: Sophomore year.
Q: Do you expect history to repeat itself?
A: Maybe, weíll see. The game is faster, youíve just got to be able to pick up on the concepts of what theyíve done. Weíll see what happens.
Q: Are you hoping Romo challenges you early?
A: Thatís all on him. If he does, he does.
Q: if you had your preference, do you hope they come after you early to get your feet wet?
A: Definitely. Definitely get my feet wet. If he comes after me early, be better on my side, so I can get challenges out and get the kinks out and know what Iím going up against.
Q: You say youíre not going to feel nervous, but what do you expect to feel like once the kickoff comes Sunday night?
A: I donít know. Emotions are going to be everywhere. Just got to stay keyed and focus on your job and what youíre supposed to do.
If Collins were a Jet, we wouldn't be reading this transcript on BBI. So, no, those comments wouldn't be made.