Freshman All-American Mabin Talks About Stopping Mizzou

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Paul M. Banks has an exclusive with Cornerback Jordan Mabin a member of the the 2008 Sporting News All-Freshman first team

Mabin appeared in all 12 games this year for the Wildcats, starting the final 10. He compiled 49 tackles (2.0 for loss) while leading the team with three interceptions. He also broke up an additional five pass attempts, forced two fumbles and recovered another. He was honored as the Northwestern Gridiron Network’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year at the NGN football banquet Saturday, Dec. 13. I had an exclusive with him at Northwestern’s Bowl Game Media Day and we discussed the keys to shutting down Jeremy Maclin, Chase Daniel and the high-powered Missouri attack.

PMB: This year’s improvement defensively has been astounding. A lot of that is because of Mike Hankwitz’s first year on the job. What does he bring to the table?

JM: “From the very beginning of the season he came in here and gave us a brand new mindset. To be the aggressor, we used to let plays happen to us and now we go out and try to make plays, and just fly around and be physical. Fly around and hit people.”

PMB: What do you see on film of Missouri’s all-world wide receiver Jeremy Maclin that makes him so special?

JM: “A big fast physical receiver, he’s got all the attributes that you can ask for. I’m excited I know Sherrick’s excited, the DBs are excited, we just gotta be on our game that day, hopefully we come out on top.”

PMB: You face the spread-option every day when you practice against your own offense, tell me if that will be advantageous for you given that they run the spread as well…

JM: “We go against our offense each day, so we’re used to it. They run a little different type of spread; they have a lot of trick plays a lot of different formations. Our coaches are putting us in a great situation and will do a great job preparing us for what it’s going to be like.”

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PMB: What impresses you the most about Chase Daniel?

JM: “He looks like he’s so calm back there in the pocket, he gets through his reads and then sometimes when it breaks down, he’ll tuck it and run. A great athlete, he can run fast and like I said he looks down his receivers pretty good and a quick guy”

PMB: And what about the magnitude of the game itself, a chance for a ten win season would tie the school record for wins in a season with the 1995 Rose Bowl team…

JM: “It’s huge. We’re so excited, happy to be in the Alamo Bowl it’s hard to put into words We’re antsy to get down there to get this game going.”

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  1. I’m sure Dave will appreciate the cfb geekiness of this exc.

  2. next year, he’ll have to run the secondary as the other 3 starters are seniors

  3. EIU Cheerleader/SICA Chick says

    I love NU’s stadium

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