Scott Chandler: Bigger & Better

Scott Chandler played last year at about 228-pounds. That made the challenge of going up against defensive ends and linebackers a tall order, so Chandler played mostly at Iowa's 'H' back position, out of the backfield. Thise year, Chandler will take the field closer to 250-pounds and has made a commitment to playing with his hand on the ground.

Q: What do you remember about the last play?

Scott Chandler: I ran to the end zone. Everybody knows what happened after that. I don't know if I was stride for stride with Warren (Holloway), he's a little faster than I might be.

Q: You've got two receivers like Ed (Hinkel) and Clinton (Solomon) coming back, that's got to make it so that if they try to double either of those guys, that's going to make you open.

Chandler: Yeah, you know, I think whoever's in there is going to make an impact with those two guys out there. They're going to be making a lot of plays themselves. If they try and focus too hard on them, I think one of the tight ends or running backs, we're going to be able to make some plays. Having those two guys out there is going to open the running game up as well. They're extremely beneficial to our team and when you've got a guy like Drew Tate who is able to put it on them every time.

Q: How much did the spring that (Ryan) Majerus had push you from a physicality standpoint this summer?

Chandler: I try not to look at what other people are doing to motivate myself. I think what motivates me is that I want to be the best player that I can be, that I want to help the team as much as I can. I don't have any individual goals that I set, really. I want to be on a championship team, I want to help the team as much as I can. Ryan (Majerus) having a great spring I think that just brings some camaraderie and competitiveness to the group. I don't think that has anything to do with the way I play though.

Q: How have you seen yourself improve over the last 7 or 8 months, how do you feel you're better suited for tight end?

Chandler: I've kind of grown into the position a little more. I've learned a lot, I feel like I'm comfortable with everything, I feel like I can go in and know what I'm doing on every single play. I'm a lot more comfortable with what I'm doing there. I was always pretty comfortable with the pass game, being a receiver, I was able to pick that up pretty well, a good high school background there. I think the coaches and a lot of the other tight ends helped me a long with that a lot. I think I've come a pretty long way and I look forward to helping the team however I can this fall.

Q: How about in terms of blocking, do you feel that's an area where you've really progressed?

Chandler: I feel like I've improved there, but I still have a long way to go. Tony Jackson was a guy to watch and to try and be like, but I'm not even close yet, so I'm still working on that.

Q: DO you see yourself and Ryan (Majerus) as complementing each other or competition for each other?

Chandler: I don't know, I think the coaches are going to sort that all out and I'm not too worried about it right now. I'm just trying to go out there and work hard every day and I think Ryan is doing the same thing. I don't think either of us is worried about who plays as long as the team wins, I think that's both of our ultimate goals. I think that makes for a lot of good competitiveness out on the field and we get along great off the field too. I don't think there's any animosity between us at all, we're pretty good friends. My girlfriend is actually from his hometown, he actually introduced me to her, so there you go. Ryan's a great guy, there's no animosity between us. I think we just try and go out there and work hard, both of us.

Q: Talk a little bit about the overall depth at that position, it seems like you guys, not only you two, but you throw in CJ Barkema, Brandon Myers, you've got four or five people who are capable of playing Big Ten football.

Chandler: I think that's a position that we can turn into a strength. I don't think we're there yet, we still have a lot of work to do, but I think things happen within the group, we need to keep on working and getting more physical, within the running game especially. I think this group could be one of our big strengths this year.

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