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SI: What was your assessment of James Franklin and his first season as a starter?
GP: His first game, against Miami (Ohio), he struggled a lot, but then we went to Arizona State. In a tough environment, the biggest crowd they've had there in years, he put us in a position to win. That was a huge statement, that the guy has the potential to be a really good player. As the season went on he was inconsistent. He has to reduce [his mistakes] to the minimum.
SI: You got the nation's No. 1 recruit in Dorial Green-Beckham. What expectations do you have for him?
GP: My big thing is to take pressure off him. I'm just trying to get him to focus on doing his job and not worry about what everybody else thinks about him.
SI: TOP SEC TEAMS RUN PRO-STYLE OFFENSES DIFFERENT FROM YOUR PASS-ORIENTED ATTACK. WILL YOU CHANGE?
GP: WE'LL [KEEP] OUR OFFENSE. WE BELIEVE IN IT. LAST YEAR WE WERE NINTH IN THE NATION RUSHING OUT OF OUR SPREAD, SO WE'RE NOT ONE-DIMENSIONAL.
SI: Has the move to the SEC affected recruiting?
GP: It's been a tremendous plus. We'll adjust recruiting areas a bit. Texas has been very good to us. Hopefully, with A&M in the league, and the great reputation we have there, we'll continue to bring in high-level players from Texas. We also look at it as a great opportunity to get into Atlanta, south Georgia and Florida.