Media Day: James Cleveland

James Cleveland met with the media and spoke about his time in Iowa City thus far, his plans for this year, and his view on the necessary effort to be successful on this Iowa team. Read what he had to say on those subjects and more in this premium transcript.

Q: How's practice going? You've only had a couple days this fall, but what's your synopsis of things going from summer to fall?

James Cleveland: We're doing pretty good. We still have a lot of progress to go before we're actually the team that we want to be, but we're working real hard to make it to that point.

Q: You came in early this spring, then individual workouts this summer, is it everything you hoped it would be or thought it might be?

Cleveland: Yeah and no. You have your perception of what college is going to be like, then you have the reality. More or less it was around the lines of what I was thinking. A lot of hard work, a lot of work ethic improvement, it's faster, just catching up to the game.

Q: Have you had some of the older receivers taking you under their wing, maybe even Drew from your hometown?

Cleveland: Yes sir. Everyone. Everyone, not just a certain specific person, everyone looks out for everyone. The older guys especially look out for the younger guys cause they know how it feels to be in that situation.

Q: Have you picked up on the timing differences of the game? You still trying to work with that, I know you ran a more open offense in High School, but the speed is still different?

Cleveland: Me personally, since coming from a developed high school, it was not as bad as everyone expected, but I'm learning. Everything is still a lot faster, I haven't caught up like everyone else is, but I've still got a lot of work to do before I become that complete person.

Q: There's a lot of people on message boards and on the streets talking about the receivers that have to step in for a few big-time receivers, Ed Hinkel and Clinton Solomon. It's hard to replace leadership, 3 year, 4 year starters, you're one of the names that comes up. Do you feel any pressure having to step in there?

Cleveland: It's not all on my shoulders, all the receivers, they understand that. We know that we have something to prove. No one thinks we can do it, but we do. With our confidence in ourselves, we'll be OK.

Q: What are your expectations for this season, for the team?

Cleveland: Big Ten Championship.

Q: Nothing less, huh?

Cleveland: Nothing less. We have our eyes on it, we're working hard for it every day. That's what we want.

Q: Are you enjoying being in seclusion for a couple days?

Cleveland: It's different. I've never experienced something like this before. I'm adjusting to it. It's a lot of practicing in the playbook, a lot of learning, a lot of work.

Q: Any good stories so far from the days you've been in seclusion? Any freshman stuff they're getting on you about, had to carry bags or anything like that?

Cleveland: Not yet. I suppose it's coming though. People keep talking about it, but I don't know.

Q: What should we expect out of #89 for this year?

Cleveland: 120% when I touch the field, if I touch the field. I'm not going to say I'm going to make this and this happen, but if I get on the field, I'm going to bust my tail. If I do wrong, I'm busting my tail wrong, 100%, 200%.


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