Fannin: We've got a 6 a.m. workout and a 3 p.m. workout (to choose between). We're basically just trying to get in shape, work on our leg strength and working on conditioning mainly. It's going pretty good.
Workouts at 6 a.m. every day?
Fannin: On Fridays it's at 5:30 and 8. It's good to go ahead and get out of the sun and get it done. It's basically the same workouts, but it's a matter of getting out of the heat. The morning is cooler, and it's the preference of the player. I try to get it done in the cool rather than the heat of the afternoon. You get to pick between morning and afternoon.
Are you working out in the weight room and outside?
Fannin: You spend about 30 or 45 minutes outside conditioning and then you have weight room, which usually lasts an hour or an hour and a half. It's a pretty good workout. It gets you burning, and it helps out a lot. We're in such good shape. Coach Yox (strength and conditioning Coach Kevin Yoxall) told us yesterday that we were doing great, we're in great shape and just to keep pressing forward and keep trying to get better.
Have the freshmen joined you yet?
Fannin: They've been doing Camp War Eagle. After that's over I think they're going to be joining us with our workouts.
If you could give them advice on the workouts and getting up early, what would it be?
Fannin: You've just got to eat and hydrate and get some rest. That's the main thing. Usually when you get out of high school you get the freedom and you stay up. You do a lot of things that you normally wouldn't do. Just stay focused, know why you're here, get some rest and eat well.
Are there any freshmen that you're looking forward to seeing on the field that could help you guys out?
Fannin: I'm looking forward to all of the freshmen coming in, not just them stepping up but also pushing us more. I'm really looking at Tyrik (Rollison) and (Dontae) Aycock. I think Aycock is going to be a great addition, so is Tyrik. All of our freshmen are going to be a great addition for us. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they've got, seeing their work ethic and seeing what they can bring to the table.
Do you see a little bit of you in Aycock? He was a high school quarterback and is about your size, right?
Fannin: Yeah… I haven't really seen him in action. I've been hearing a lot about that though. I've been trying to get close to him, put him under my wing and see what he can bring to the table. I'm just making sure he works hard and stays focused. I've been doing the same thing with Tyrik. I can't wait to see them on the field.
It's an entirely new staff, but you still have Yox around. What's it been like having him still there?
Fannin: It's been great. Coach Yox is with us 95 percent of the time. We're really with him most of the day, and every single day really, so it's comfortable having him here. I'm not saying the other coaches aren't comfortable, but it's more like home. Him leaving would have been weird because we're with him so much. We're with him more than the other coaches.
But these coaches are around us all the time now. They come down and hang out with us in the players' lounge and they're real close with us. They cope with us well.
What has it been like working with Coach (Curtis) Luper?
Fannin: Coach Luper is a funny guy. He's a great coach. Everything is straight-forward. He doesn't hide anything and he doesn't sugar-coat it. He tells you like it is. That's what I like about him, but at the same time he's got his joking side. But like I said, he's a great coach. All of coaches are really great.
How have things changed on a daily basis around the football complex with the new coaches?
Fannin: I think there is more energy around here. Everybody is more excited. The coaches know as well as we do that it's going to help us out when it comes to the season—having that excitement and intensity we need around here. It's something that people who work here at the complex have realized. The coaches bring a lot of energy to not only the complex but to the players and the fans out there also.
How often do you meet with the coaches to ask about the offense or whatever?
Fannin: We're not allowed to have meetings yet, but most of the time we'll take a few minutes out of our day to stop by and talk to them and see where we're at. Some of us will go out with the quarterbacks just to get our timing down, so we're doing a lot of stuff on our own right now. Mainly right now it's going in and conversing with them, just staying close to them and learning what we can. We can pop in film and ask questions, things like that, but it's not too much.
I guess you've had the homework assignment of memorizing the playbook this summer?
Fannin: Oh yeah. That's something that we're doing as players. We made the commitment that we're going to learn the offense during the summer on our own so when it comes down to football camp we're going to be able to run it at full speed.
Have you been watching film on Tulsa from last year?
Fannin: Yes. It's a great offense. It's real explosive. Some plays just complement each other well. It's more of take what the defense gives you and then make the big play. That's something we need around here is more big plays.
Are you going to be in the Damaris Johnson type role moving around a lot?
Fannin: I'm not sure. I think that the role I'll be playing is more of a matchup role—more of matching up on linebackers. Other than that I don't know.
Are you going to be at tailback some?
Fannin: A little tailback, a little H-back and I think they might put in the Wildcat formation. So far that's all I know. Mainly it's just me learning every position slowly but surely. That's why I'm breaking down the film. Just take it one day learning the fullback, one day learning the H-back, and try to put the two together.