CB Eli Apple
November 22, 2016
Q: Knocking the receiver out of bounds on that long completion in hindsight mattered. Is that what was going through your mind on that play?
A: Yeah. You are upset that you give up a catch like that. It was bad footwork on the play, but you are always going to live to see another down. So no matter what, if we are out there still, then we have a chance to make a play. That is what Landon [Collins] did and collectively as a group we stepped up. The guys up front got a sack, I think. JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] did, and it was a big play, so we definitely stepped up after that.
Q: You have put a decent amount on tape now. How do you think your rookie year is going?
A: It is going okay. I am learning a lot. I am still young in the game, so I still have a lot more to learn. I am looking forward to the six more games that we have left in the regular season. I am trying to get better every game.
Q: The passing defense was such an issue last year. This year, you guys have been able to turn it around. How does that make you feel?
A: Yeah, we expect big things from our unit. We put a lot of good work in, we watch a lot of film and we talk a lot of ball, so we expect big results from ourselves.
Q: How much have you learned from Janoris [Jenkins] and Landon [Collins]?
A: A big deal from both of them and DRC [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] as well, he is teaching me a lot. So we have a lot of great veterans and guys that are playing really well right now. They are showing me the ropes.
Q: How does it feel to have all the cornerbacks finally healthy?
A: It feels great. It feels great to be at full strength and to have your best guys available. That is always great for your team and great for your chances to win. It is great to have everyone out there.
Q: Any Ohio State vs. Michigan prediction?
A: No, I expect a low scoring game and it is going to be a hard fought game for sure.
Q: Do you think Michigan can put up any points against them?
A: You know what? The only thing that is kind of scaring me a little bit is that their running back had a really good game, DeíVeon Smith, and I know they are going to pull out some trick plays with Jabril ([Peppers]. They did that last year against us. But that is the one thing, he is kind of like the X-factor. If he is in the game on offense, they need to highlight him because he can tear up the game.