Auburn, Ala.--Linebacker Josh Bynes was Auburn’s leading tackler for the 2009 season with 104 stops and he is expected to be a team leader this fall as a senior.
Bynes talks about the upcoming season and other topics in this one-on-one interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers.
Who would you say is your favorite athlete to watch or someone you grew up emulating?
“Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams would probably be it. When they both played at Miami with the Hurricanes I was a big UM fan. The reason I wear number 17 is because of D.J. Williams. Somebody else already had number 51 so I had to get 17. I just like the way Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams played the game of football.”
Being linebackers didn’t hurt either I suppose?
“That drew me to them. Both of them were first round picks coming out of Miami and they were extraordinary players.”
Who is the best player you’ve played against since you’ve been at Auburn?
“That’s a tough question to answer. There have been so many. I would probably say Jarrett Brown from West Virginia, their quarterback. I have never seen a quarterback that gifted and with that much ability in my life. He’s probably the best player and athlete I have played against. I think he was the best I’ve seen.”
What is your favorite road trip or stadium? Where do you enjoy going on the road?
“My favorite place to go on the road is LSU without a doubt. LSU and Alabama. They are some wild fans. It gets loud and it gets out of hand. The main thing is I love that kind of atmosphere. We’ve got that same kind of atmosphere here at Auburn. Going to LSU and Alabama and trying to get a win is a great feeling. I know it will be if this year turns out like that. The louder the better.”
Who is the most talented teammate you have away from the game of football. Anyone that can sing or is a comedian?
“We’ve got a lot of guys that are musicians on our team. Dee Ford and A.J. Greene both do music. They both sing actually. The comedian would definitely be Michael Goggans. He’s the funniest guy on this team. He does the craziest things. He does voice impressions of a lot of people. He mimics them the exact same way they talk. He’s probably the best comedian on the team.”
He doesn’t strike me as that type of guy when we’ve talked to him.
“Michael Goggans is funny. He always has us rolling. He’s the comedian of the group. On the musician side it’s definitely A.J. Greene and Dee Ford.”
Josh Bynes is from Boyd Anderson High in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
What is it about this coaching staff that has allowed them to do so much with the program in a short period of time?
“I guess it’s because they have a young attitude. What I mean by young is that these coaches are a lot younger and they understand what we’re going through with workouts and practices and class and other personal things that go on in our lives. They are very sympathetic to that.
“The main thing that I get out of them though is they want to work and win. They work us hard but they love to have fun. You’ve got to have coaches that are all-around. When it’s time to work they work, but they can have fun. Sometimes in practice if it’s boring the coaches get into it. They are rowdy and laughing and kicking it with us. That’s what I like about these coaches.
“They make you want to practice because you know when you go out there they are going to put a smile on your face. At the same time you’re going to work hard. They have the best of both worlds with us. On the field and off the field we feel like we can come to them with anything. They are just great coaches to be around.”
What is the one game you want to win more than any other?
“The one game I want to win--I’ll give you three games. LSU, Georgia and Alabama. Those are three games I want to win. Losing to Alabama two years in a row and LSU and Georgia three years in a row, it’s about that time we make a change. Either it’s going to be four in a row or we’re going to stop it and start our own streak. In this state the biggest game is the Iron Bowl against Alabama. Since they won the national championship it’s even going to be more hyped this year. Of course, I want to get a win against Alabama, but LSU and Georgia matter too. I want to win all three of those games.”
What is your favorite Auburn memory? What is the one thing that comes to mind when you think about your time at Auburn?
“The greatest thing about Auburn is playing in front of 90,000 people. Every game the place is rocking. That’s something I’ll miss more than anything. There’s nothing like that atmosphere when you have 90,000 people screaming and yelling and stomping. As a freshman that was something I had never experienced. For me to experience that it’s going to be with me for the rest of my life. Let’s say I make it to the next level, it’s going to be nothing like it is on the collegiate level. That memory is going to be with me when I walk into the stadium. That’s never going to leave my mind ever.”
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