LISTEN: South’s Jeremy Reaves on Opening Kickoff
MOBILE, AL (WNSP) — “Execution.”
The first word out of Jeremy Reaves’ mouth was “execution.” The South Alabama defensive back said the Jaguars defense has not played their best football yet.
“I think overall we’ve been playing okay, but we haven’t played to our full potential,” he told the Opening Kickoff crew on Thursday. “We’re looking for that dominant game on our side of the ball, as far as shutting out teams and dominating each factor of the game. I think that kind of game is what we’ve been working toward.”
The Pensacola native agreed that last week’s performance—holding Georgia State to 10 points—was good, but he said it was just a step in the right direction.
“It’s always good to hold a team under a certain amount of points because obviously you help out your offense a lot,” Reaves said. “But, that’s not our standard. That hasn’t been our standard all year. I personally think we haven’t played to our full potential as a unit.”
“Points are a big factor, but outside points, I don’t think we’ve lived up to the expectations we’ve set all season.”
Reaves said that out of high school, he was considering bigger schools than South, but an injury hurt him physically and in recruiting.
“My senior year, I broke my L5 in my lower back,” he said. “That stopped a lot of my recruiting, as far as guys coming to see me. I stopped getting calls, I stopped getting mail. No more visits.
“The only school that kept in contact with me was South.”
Reaves said the fact that coach Joey Jones stayed in contact was what sold him on the Jaguars. When he took his official visit, he said it “felt like home.”
“It was just, where I could see myself in the next three or four years,” Reaves said. “It worked out great.”
South Alabama travels to ULM this Saturday. Reaves said that, after 9 tackles against Georgia Southern and 8 against Sun Belt leader Troy, this game would be his “first double-digit tackle (game) of the year.”
Mark asked if such a high number for a defensive back was a good thing.
“For me, it’s good,” Reaves said. “Because I just run to the ball. All the time. It doesn’t matter what this guy’s doing, whether he’s behind the line of scrimmage, or in the boundary.”
The game starts at 4 p.m. and will be carried on ESPN3.
Listen to the full interview below.
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