A: Yeah, I’m improving my fundamentals and my techniques (and) going back to the basics because I had problems disengaging and stuff like that. I’m just trying to work back to what made me successful.
Q: Was last year a frustrating season for you?
A: Yeah it was, but it’s something I had to overcome. Other guys stepped up. Mike Thornton, he stepped up. This was his fifth year and he stepped up and played the part.
Q: Losing some defensive players, how much responsibility is your’s now?
A: Me and all the leaders and seniors; we all just have to step up into a new role and get more playing time.
Q: What is your weight now?
A: 330 (pounds).
Q: Is that weight up or down from last season?
A: It’s probably up.
Q: Did they talk to you in the offseason about a plan for what they wanted you to be?
A: Probably around 320. It’s better to be slimmer, lighter-weight for some of the schemes and blitzes we run, so 330 doesn’t really fit in the scheme too much unless you’re in a goal line situation.
Q: How are things in your second year with Jeremy Pruitt?
A: I learned a lot from the first year just by observing guys like Mike Thornton and Toby Johnson. Playing there I understood the concepts like finesse and brute strength. I had to learn that.
Q: Is Pruitt bringing in a lot more new stuff?
A: It’s more comfortable. He’s basically had the same schemes and the same stuff. He’s just tweaking a little bit and improving on them so everybody, even the new guys can get a hang of things.
Q: Who are some of the younger guys who have caught your eye?
A: All of the younger guys are doing well right now. I like to say Jonathan Ledbetter is standing out to me (and) Jake Ganus with his ability. He’s playing hard.
Q: Who’s the most vocal player on the defense right now?
A: Like I said, I believe Josh Dawson, and Jake Ganus is pretty vocal also. They’re good at calling out everything and trying to get everybody together and as a whole commodity.