Giordano Getting Job Done Early

Leaving his home state for a program just starting to make noise had Dan Giordano answering a lot of questions. Now as a member of the fifth-ranked football program in the country those who questioned his early commitment and cheering the choice.

Dan Giordano may not have known much about Brian Kelly and the University of Cincinnati a couple of years ago when they came calling on him at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois. But now, Giordano is proving the Bearcats knew a good player for their system as the redshirt freshman is starting to make a mark on the field. Did Dan have his doubters about heading to Cincinnati?

"Yea I had a couple of them as they thought Cincinnati was far away and I had some other schools looking at me. I committed pretty early my junior year, but this was the best place for me and I had jumped on it right away. Now look were we're at so it was a good choice."

With the success on the field last season and now again this year have those who questioned his college choice have seen a change of heart?

"They now think it was a great choice and everyone is all proud of me. I've got a lot of Bearcats fans back in Illinois now."

While many didn't know what to expect from the Illinois native he's quickly shown he's capable of being a major playmaker on the Bearcats defense. So far this season Giordano is seventh on the team in total tackles and has 3.5 tackles-for-loss to go with a half a sack. This places him second along the defensive line behind senior Alex Daniels who has 33 total tackles. This has all come from hard work.

"When I came in I was undersized and not really strong in the weight room and didn't really have any experience at this level. So I redshirted as better players played and worked hard as a scout team player as I learned. Then in the offseason I hit the weights real hard and took everything as serious as possible and tried to be the best at everything. I got bigger and on the field but I've still got work to do."

So how much has changed over last year when you watched others play in such a big season?

"Last year I'd suit up for the game knowing I wasn't going to play. So the excitement level was there but you knew nothing was going to come from it. Now the adrenalin is pumping and you can't sleep the night before a game and you know it's go time. I now know I'm going to get hit and that's what I love about the game."

For Dan there were major changes from high school to the super competitive level of college football.

"Knowing our defense was the biggest thing that's helped me so far. Also getting bigger and stronger in the weight room has played a major role. The speed of the game is so much different from the high school to college level. Also the preparation for a game is so much different."

Last spring proved to be a major motivator for Dan leading to his early success this season. "After spring ball I ended up splitting time with Ricardo with the 1's. So I was high on the depth chart before camp so I felt I was going to get more of an opportunity this season."

One thing Bearcat fans now know is Dan Giordano was a great pickup for the Bearcats defense.

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