RS - Why did you decide to attend the University of Houston?
DP - I really did not know about Houston until my sophomore and junior years, but I like their wide open offense and I knew I could get the ball a lot in their offense. They were telling me that I can be a big play-maker and could come in and fill the shoes of some really good receivers that were here before me like James Cleveland.
RS - What are you majoring in and what are your ambitions following school?
DP - Sociology and health, but I plan on going to the NFL. If I do not do that I will be a sports therapist.
RS - What position will you be competing for this spring?
DP - The Y position on the inside and any position on special teams. I plan on playing all the special teams.
RS - What are your personal goals for this spring and the upcoming season?
DP - To be a vocal leader on the field and a play-maker, to fill the shoes of Johnson. He was a big part of the offense last year.
RS - You have been known for making some highlight catches during the intra-squad scrimmages, what do you feel like you need to work on the most heading into this spring to earn playing time?
DP - After catching the ball, I need to get up field because I need to break contact. I tend to hesitate after my break so I need to concentrate on catching the ball and get up field. Then, I also need to get my hands a little stronger.
RS - How difficult has it been learning this offense and being able to play without thinking as much?
DP - It is not really that hard. We get constant reps and the routes are all pretty simple and you just have to look for the defense and get open.
RS - What are your thoughts on the new staff and what challenges will it present having a new OC and learning to do things his way?
DP - There is not a whole of changes. They are leaving it in our hands and letting us go with it.
James has worked with us on getting off the line fast, using our hands and footwork to get into our routes.
RS - Do you have any comments on Coach Levine as the new Houston coach and what that means for the team.
DP - Everyone loves Coach Levine. He is like a father to all of us so really it like looking up to a dad. You have to respect him and do what you got to do.
RS - Is it even more motivating when you see the staff sign such a talented group of receivers on national signing day?
DP - It helps us out because we can get a lot of people rotating in when we need a rest. Everyone is going to be competing for a spot so nothing really changes.
RS Does it add any more pressure for you knowing that this offense has been one of the nation's best and will be replacing all four starting receivers?
DP – No, I don't think so. We had a lot of guys last season who I think could have stepped in and did what they did, probably not on the same level because they had more experience.
RS - Having played with such a veteran group of teammates in last season's offense do you feel you were able to learn from them and is there anyone in particular who has helped your development the most?
DP - Justin Johnson because he was like my big brother and I look up to him a lot.
RS - What is the atmosphere like amongst the receivers with such a heated competition for spots in the rotation next fall?
DP - We are all kind of close, but we all know we have to compete for that one spot so at the end of the day we are rivals at the same time. It is like when brothers go at it sometimes, but you still love each other.
RS - What do you feel your role will be next season for the team?
DP - To make big plays on the field and to be a leader. They like to use me for blocking and on the inside routes because I am bigger for the linebackers to handle.