Player Q&A: Graham Gano

Junior punter talks about mat drills, healing from an ongoing hip flexor injury and more in this exlusive interview with Renegade Report.

Renegade Report: How are mat drills going so far?

Graham Gano: "They are by far the most strenuous activities I have ever been a part of. But everyone knows that it's only going to make us better, and there seems to be a good attitude among all of the players."

RR: Anyone of your fellow teammates that is really standing out so far?

GG: All of the guys are working hard so it's difficult to choose just one person. In my group, though, the person that has caught my attention the most has been Drew (Weatherford). He's always enthusiastic about the exercises and he gives 110 percent effort every time.

RR: Any young guys that have caught your eye?

GG: You get pretty fatigued during mats so you don't have a lot of energy to look around. But Dekoda Watson, Budd Thacker, Ochuko Jenije, Christian Ponder, and Myron Rolle have been doing really well the past few days. Christian and Myron are a little more experienced, though, because they participated in mats last year when they came in early.

RR: How has your offseason been going?

GG: So far it has been going really well. Right now I'm just trying to focus on strengthening the important kicking muscles as well as improving my flexibility.

RR: What have you been doing specifically to prepare for your junior year?

GG: I've been kicking and punting once a week and just trying to become more consistent with everything. The hip flexor injury that I've had for about two years now is almost 100 percent healed so as it improves I am increasing the intensity of my training.

RR: Special teams hurt the team a few times last year, what do you think needs to be done to fix those issues when spring practice begins?

GG: We had a lot of key injuries last year that impacted the special teams contribution. So, I'm sure the coaches will address our special teams needs during spring practice.

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