Alabama senior cornerback Deion Belue shared various topics with the media this week leading into the Kentucky road game for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
Belue, a 5-foot-11, 183-pounder from Tuscumbia, is a second-year starter. After playing at Deshler High, he spent two years with the Northeast Mississippi Community College program to prepare for Alabama.
Here’s his Q&A:
How is the toe injury?
“It’s just one of those injuries that’s nagging. It’s getting better every day. So that’s the good thing about it.”
Is it good working with other staring cornerback Eddie Jackson?
“Yes, of course because we had time to practice on it, get to know each other. And considering he’s a freshman, he got to learn the signals, then he got put in a game-time situation. So every week he’s building on it and we’re getting better and better and he’s looking real strong right now.”
What are his strengths?
“Oh man, he’s got the whole package. He has the quickness, the speed. He’s got the length, you know, his arms long. So he bring everything that we need.”
How are Geno Smith and Landon Collins doing in their new role at free safety?
“With Geno, he’s a little slower. But other than that, he’s been gripping a hold of it. With Landon, he was at safety all year last year, so he knows his stuff and it’s going good for him.
Are you taking on more of leadership role?
“I’ve still been doing the same things I’ve been doing. I still got to mentor the younger guys and get all of them together. Everything has been going good and they’re having fun and we’re still having fun, so it really hasn’t had a drop off yet.”
How is linebacker C.J. Mosley as a leader?
“Ah man, he is the leader. He’s the guy in the middle. He can talk to all of us. He talks to the D-linemen, so he’s that man on the defense.”
How do you create more turnovers?
“We work on it every day. We try to get it every chance we can in practice. We even try to do scoop and scores if the ball lands on the ground, we go to pick it up because in a game-time situation, you never know. So we just do it like that.”
What’s it like covering Christion Jones?
“Oh man, he’s quick. You never know what he’s going to do and he has that first step, so you know, he has everything you need in a wide receiver. He can catch. He knows how to run the routes with the best of them that I know. So he’s real good.”
How are Bradley Sylve and other young ones doing?
“On the point of me being out (hurt) and them getting experience, it’s been great. Because in a long season, you never know what might happen so whenever they get a chance, they know what to expect and the game speed. So it was an all-win situation.
What’s practice like preparing for Kentucky?
“Kentucky, they have a good offense. They have a good quarterback, they have two good quarterbacks to be exact and their wide receivers are real skilled, so they have a good team.”
What’s it like preparing for two QBs?
“Well, you know, it’s just a scheme that we have to have for them. At the same time, the dual threat (Jalen) Whitlow, you have to respect him because he can throw as well. He can throw as well as the drop-back passer and then the other quarterback can also run, you really have to prepare for both of them the same. You can’t group the one as just passing and the other just running. You have to prepare for them the same.”