Dave McMahon -- How has this summer been going?
Tripp Chandler -- It has been good. It has been a struggle, but you need it to be tough.
DM -- Are you any bigger, stronger or faster from last year?
TC -- I just benched 365 pounds! That is 50 pounds more than last year! I am about 15 pounds heavier, too. I feel faster as well. It is all due to this strength program.
DM -- With Leonard Pope gone, you have a chance for some extra playing time...
TC -- Right now I am 2nd string, but everyday I go out there as if I am the number one guy. I know my role. Trez does a great job, I learned a lot from him and Pope last year.
DM -- Were you surprised that you did not redshirt last year?
TC -- I was expected to, but when they told me last year that I wasn't I was surprised. I was so excited. I worked hard everyday and I guess the work ethic my dad and mom taught me paid off.
DM -- How would you rate your G-Day performance?
TC -- I did well blocking and I was the leading receiver. I also dropped two passes and I was taught if you touch the ball, you should catch the ball. I remember the drops the most. I can't have that.
DM -- Define what a tight end does?
TC -- I talk to Coach David Johnson about this. We consider it the ultimate player. You block like a lineman, catch like a receiver and when you catch it you run like a fullback. You do it all.
DM -- Who were your favorite tight ends growing up?
TC -- I grew up a Georgia fan, so I liked Randy McMichael and Ben Watson. When I was a senior in high school I liked Leonard Pope a lot, too. My favorite non-Georgia tight end is Jeremy Shockey. He is so intense.
DM -- Thank you for your time and I think you play with intensity as well.
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