Was the first week of practice what you expected?
"It was what I expected. My high school coach told me to be ready and to be prepared."
How do you think you did the first week?
"I think I did pretty good. There's a lot of stuff I need to work on like learning the plays. If I mess up on a play, it effects how I perform."
It seems like you've been moving up the depth chart after starting at the rear as most freshmen do. Have they talked to you about moving up?
"They've talked to me a little bit about moving up. I've struggled a bit. They want you to be perfect, but you can't be perfect. They want you to go hard every single play and that's affected me a little."
Is there anything physically that you're working on?
"I'm working on my speed and being able to run after the ball. I'm working on my hands. They play a whole lot faster here than in high school."
I guess Saturday gave you a chance to see what that's like?
"It showed me that I'm not quite ready. I need to work a little harder."
Have they told you what their plans are for you this year?
"I'll just wait until the Saturday's. It's on me and not the coaches. If I don't play, it's my fault."
How did the summer go for you?
"It was tough. I had to lose a lot of weight. Right now I'm good. I lost about twenty pounds. I'm 326 right now. I need to lose about six more pounds"
How did your classes go?
"It was different, but I was able to get a lot of support and I was able to get help. The support was very good."
What have you seen from your fellow freshmen?
"We have a very good class. They're all very athletic."
Do you have any individual goals going into this season?
"I want to play. If I didn't want to play, I shouldn't be here."