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Mike West: Friends With The Enemy
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Wide receiver Mike West has struggled with a nagging hamstring injury for the first four weeks of the 2006 season, but he is hoping to return for the Auburn game on Thursday night so he can compete against a couple of good friends, who play for the #2 ranked Tigers. GamecockAnthem.com caught up with West on Monday, and he talked about his injury situation, his Auburn friends, and much more.
Question: Are you healthy this week?
Answer: Hopefully, I’ll find out today. We’ve got practice today, and I’ll find out.
Question: Has it been that same hamstring that’s been bothering you?
Answer: Yeah, it’s the same one. I just tweaked it up again. Hopefully I’ll be out there this week.
Question: When did you tweak your hamstring again?
Answer: It was two weeks ago Monday.
Question: What’s the mood of the team this week with #2 Auburn coming into town?
Answer: It’s the #2 team in America coming in. We’re just trying to shock the world and make history by beating the #2 team.
Question: This program has been looking for a landmark victory like this. Can you talk about what a win like this could do for the South Carolina program?
Answer: Hopefully it’d take us in the top 25. That’d be something nice here. It’d keep us open in the (race for) the SEC Championship with
. We’ve still got those guys. Hopefully it’ll keep us open.
Question: Does the team think right now that you have a good chance of pulling this off?
Answer: It’s just another game, really. We’ve got to practice hard and go out there and compete every play.
Question: What signs have you seen from this team that let’s you believe you have a chance against Auburn, especially after last year‘s 48-7 loss?
Answer: I guess getting back at them. We’ll try to put 40 points on them. We’ll just try to make it a good game and hopefully come out with a win.
Question: Have you guys talked about the revenge factor for what happened last year?
Answer: No, we just kind of put it behind us. This is another SEC team. We’re just trying to win it.
Question: The team is looking for other receivers to complement Sidney Rice, do you think the door is open for you to be that #2 receiver?
Answer: If I wouldn’t have gotten hurt, I probably would have had a chance, but I’ve got to get healthy and get back out there. Right now it’s probably
Question: How much did the Florida Atlantic game help the confidence of the offense?
Answer: We moved the ball pretty good. A lot of guys stepped up, and a lot of guys played, so hopefully we can do it some more this week.
Question: Has Syvelle Newton impressed you with what he’s been able to do at quarterback?
Answer: No, I already knew what he could do, really. He can throw the ball and run the ball. He’s a great quarterback and a great athlete.
Question: You’ve seen Sidney Rice do a lot of great things over the last two years. Where would you rank that performance on Saturday?
Answer: Five touchdowns, that’s history. That’s big time. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen.
Question: Do you know any of the Auburn players?
Answer: Two of the cornerbacks are my former teammates.
and Jonathan Wilhite. I played with those guys in Junior College at Butler. I’m best friends, great friends (with them). I know them very well.
Question: How do you think David Irons will match up with Sidney Rice on Thursday?
Answer: He’s going to talk a lot. He’s going to try and get in Sidney’s head. I know how he is, he’s going to try to bring him down to his level. It’s going to be a good match up between those two.
Question: Have you talked with Sidney about what to expect from Irons?
Answer: No, not really. I talked to David (Irons), and he already told me what he was going to do. He’s going to try and get in his head a little bit. It’s going to be a good match up.
Question: Has David Irons said what his brother, Kenny, is going to do on Thursday?
Answer: He made a little comment about our defense. He said 200 (yards), that’s what he said. Hopefully we can stop him here.
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