"I am officially back. I will be reporting tomorrow and I will start working out again with the team on Monday, so yes, I am back."
Q: Was it a situation where Iowa was waiting to see how your grades turned out this spring ?
"Yes sir. It was all based on how Coach Ferentz felt about my grades. I guess that he did not want to put it out in the open that I was planning to come back, because we did not know for sure that I would be coming back, so that was not a bad idea."
"My main thing was that if I held up my end of the deal, coach Ferentz was going to hold up his. So I took care of my business here so he gave me a second chance."
Q: How do you feel that Iowa gave you that chance after squandering it the first time around?
"Once Coach Ferentz gave me that second chance, I really appreciated that. Because a lot of kids that got kicked out their first year did not get a chance to come back, from what I understand. I am just thankful that he gave me that chance, and I appreciate the things that he has done for me. I appreciate him giving me that chance. Looking at Coach Ferentz doing this for me, I think he is a great guy. Not just because he did this for me, but also because he gave me the chance to earn it."
Q: Why do you think he gave you that chance where others have not been so fortunate?
"I really can't say, but I think some things you see in certain people. He probably knew that I could do the work, but that I was a dumb kid and got distracted a little bit. But he knows that I am a good kid and that I can do the work. He just gave me the chance to show to them that I could do that and I appreciate that a lot."
Q: What will be different for you this time around?
"I am going to be a different person. I am going to be a student before I am an athlete. Before, it was the other way around. I will take care of my business in the classroom, and I think that will help make things easier for me on the football field because I can relax and not worrying about falling behind."
Q: What was your mother's reaction when she heard you had made it back?
"She was so happy and proud that I stuck with it. She wanted me to stick with it, and she was happy to hear that coach Ferentz gave me that chance."
Q: How do you think it will feel to run out onto the field at Kinnick Stadium again in September?
"Man…(you could hear him smiling through his words) I will have that monkey off of my back from Junior College. And just coming out of the tunnel with the other players is going to be special. I will be very happy that I will be back with the Hawkeye family once again and try to bring home another Big Ten championship."