It's tough anytime you lose a starter, especially Benny, because he's someone we've been playing together with most of our lives, and he's one of the best players we've ever had here. Coach says everybody has to step up because that's all you can do. So far, that's what we've done.

It's always kind of been my dream to play linebacker because they get in on most of the tackles. The transition has been getting used to the faster pace of everything. You have to make quick reads, and you want to be one step ahead of what's coming at you. Getting that down perfect has been the toughest thing.