Marcus Griffin has been working hard since he redshirted last season and feels he has made plenty of progress.
"I understand the calls and Coach Kirelawich does a great job of breaking down what happens in the pre-practice, so I feel I understand the defense now."
Griffin admits that it took him some time to understand the defense because it was so different than what he played in high school.
"Being in a 4-3 is attack, attack, attack," he said. "This defense you have to read what is going on and then attack, so it is changing your whole mindset. I am comfortable with it now, but the first season was rough.
"Last season was weird because I have never not played before. It was a different kind of environment, but I got to learn a lot and I am grateful for that. I think it was a great decision by the coaching staff."
Sitting out the season allowed Griffin to get a different perspective.
"I got to see the little things," Griffin said. "You see guys doing big things out there and you think it is something drastic, but it is something as small as a six inch step or tightening your stance. The little things add up to the big things."