Q. You were recruited by Coach Minter. Now you're playing for Coach Dantonio.
A. I've actually been with Coach Dantonio longer than
I was with Coach Minter.
I had spring ball and an entire season with Coach
Dantonio. I didn't have that
with Coach Minter. I actually think
the team has a better work ethic with Coach
Dantonio, but I don't want to say
a lot about that.
Q. Whenever there's a coaching change, players
recruited from the previous
staff can feel overlooked. Has that
happened at UC?
A. I guess there could be a few guys that feel that
way, but I really don't
think so. Everybody's getting a fair chance,
and that's really all a player
Q. What do you bring to
the wide receiver position?
A. I know what I'm doing out
there. I know how to read defenses and run good
routes. I think
I'm a smart player with good hands.
Q. In what areas do you need to
A. My speed. I want to get faster. I run about
a 4.58 right now and I'd like
to get down to a 4.4.
Q. Do you
think a 4.4 forty is a possibility?
A. Yes, I do. I've been
working on speed training and strengthening my
What personal goals have you set for yourself next season?
want to start, and I want to make an all-league team.
Q. What was
your biggest adjustment from high school to Division IA
A. I think it was adjusting to the speed and
the aggressiveness of the game.
Q. For years, UC had no one on its
roster from Elder. Why has that changed?
A. I think people
are starting to realize that Elder has talent. The whole
west side has
Q. Who would you say is the frontrunner for the QB position
A. That's hard. It's up for grabs. Spitzer
and Grutza are coming back, and
they signed a few guys. I really can't
Q. What excites you about entering the Big East Conference
A. It's a BCS conference. If we do well,
we'll play in the Orange Bowl or
some other big bowl game. It's
awesome. It's exciting thinking about playing
programs like Pitt and
Q. What made UC so attractive to
A. I wanted to stay close to home so my family and friends
could easily watch
me play. Plus it's an up-and-coming
Q. Are there any Div. IA prospects at Elder next
A. I don't really know. I didn't see them play.
We're usually on the road or
in a hotel on Friday night so I couldn't go to
Q. Other than yourself, who's the best receiver
returning to UC next season?
A. All of us. Ernie Jackson is
big and fast. Derick Ross has good hands and
knows the offense so well,
and Antwuan Giddens is tall and fast.
Q. Other than Trent Cole,
which of your ex-teammates do you expect to get
think Gino. I think Jamar Enzor has too much talent not to get
Q. Will your Elder teammate Digger Bujnoch play TE next
season or return to the
A. Digger will be back with the
Q. Has Alex Harbin, another Elder boy, joined the
A. Yes, I think he'll be redshirted next
Q. There were rumors that Delbert Ferguson was playing some
practice last year. Is that true?
A. I don't
see a lot of Delbert in practice, but I didn't see him playing
Q. Has Elder grad Tony Carvitti earned a
A. He hasn't gotten a scholarship yet, but he'll be with
Q. Where will Tony play?
A. He plays all over
the place. We use him in a lot of spots.
Bill Poland is one of at
least six Elder Panthers on UC's roster next season.
ONE-ON-ONE BILL POLAND
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