Johannes Egbers: The different coaches want different things and they're little things like technique. After having a year to spend with Coach Cotton, things are definitely improving.
CN: Is your approach pretty similar to his?
Egbers: Yes, definitely. I like to be physical.
CN: What would it mean to you to gain a spot in a game day rotation on the offensive line?
Egbers: I've definitely been here a while. You don't stay around this long to stand on the sidelines. You're here to play. That's what my ultimate goal is – to be out there helping the team win.
CN: Did you walk on as a true freshman or did you join the program later?
Egbers: Yes, and then I redshirted. This is my fifth year in the program.
CN: What other opportunities did you have coming out of high school?
Egbers: This was the only school I even applied for, because of the Engineering program. I was set in my mind that I was coming here. My high school coach told me that I could play football up there. I didn't really know if I could or not, but gave it a shot. At that time I was 220 pounds and just a tight end. But I put on the weight and went to O-line.
CN: Do you finally feel you're in position to make the next move five years later?
Egbers: I've been doing everything I can physically to put myself in a position to be here. I've taken the necessary steps.
CN: Has the addition of a Scott Fisher pushed you even harder this spring?
Egbers: You've got to play with a little bit of fear, always looking over your shoulder. He's definitely been pushing me. If I mess up I know he's right there ready to take my spot. I've got to keep myself motivated and keep playing hard.