October 6, 2006
Five Questions with Simeon Castille
Each week BamaOnline sits down with a Crimson Tide player for five questions. This week, BOL spoke with junior cornerback Simeon Castille.
Q: How have you felt about your performance and the performance of the secondary in the losses to Arkansas and Florida?
A: Arkansas I thought we played pretty well as a unit but we came up short. Florida I don't think we played well enough to win the game and we gave up three touchdowns on some key catches. I know I personally can play better than I have in these last two games and I'm going to have to continue to work in practice to play up to my potential.
Q: Was it tough to watch Ramzee Robinson struggle against the Florida wide receivers?
A: I really wouldn't say he struggled. He was playing against Division I scholarship athletes, 6-foot-3 receivers. I thought he was in good position most of the day but he got a bad call on that pass interference that set up their other touchdown. He's strong mentally and even though he was upset after the loss he came back in this week really focused and he's moved on.
Q: How do you feel the freshman have performed in the secondary this season?
A: I think they've really been trying hard. They're blitzing well and they take coaching well. That's what I like about them, they don't act like they know it all and they are willing to listen to what you say. I've been pleased with how they've all been working and playing.
Q: Has your brother Tim Castille been able to offer you any insight after these last two tough losses?
A: Neither one of us are used to losing. Both of us are very competitive and we don't like it. What we talk about to each other is how we need to come out in practice and try to get the guys going to turn the season around. We have to come out and make the decision that we're going to win all the rest of our games and I think that's very possible. We've had conversations about these last two losses and both times Tim has just told me all you can do is come out and work hard in practice because that's the only way to get better.
Q: Do you feel you have taken on more of a leadership role this season?
A: I've been practicing better and harder this season than I have in the past. I feel like I've elevated my game and that I've started to step up as a vocal leader as well. When I have something to say, I think my teammates listen and I hope I can continue to earn their confidence in me.
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