Q: Talk about the transition you made from linebacker to fullback.
Tom Busch: I moved to fullback from linebacker after my true freshman year. I worked primarily on the scout team my freshman year at linebacker. In the spring I moved from linebacker to fullback. It was a tough transition at first. I'd never really played too much offense in high school or anything. It's definitely been a learning experience, trying to get better every day in practice.
Q: Is it kind of rewarding now after putting all that time in to make the switch to get the touches you and the looks you're getting?
Busch: Definitely. Any time the ball's thrown my way I want to catch it and do whatever I can do with it. It's definitely fun getting the ball.
Q: What are the similarities between linebacker and fullback?
Busch: You've got to be kind of a hard-nosed guy. You've got to be able to it. You've got to be able to be coached. There's a lot of similarities, I think. Obviously one's on defense, one's on offense, but both positions you're trying to get something done.
Q: On that one run on the sideline, you kind of gave your forearm to that guy.
Busch: Yeah. (Laughs) I knew I wasn't going to run around them, their defensive backs are fast, I thought I'd probably have the weight advantage on him, I could do what I could do.
Q: Talking to Albert about blitz pickups and things, and we asked who was the toughest he's had to pick up, and he said you in practice.
Busch: He told me that before, when I played LB. We have this LB vs runningback/fullback drill where they have to pick up a blitz. I guess because I'm short, I can get under guys pads a little bit, that probably helped me.
Q: Drew kind of fired that pass in there. How were you able to hang on to that?
Busch: It was a perfectly thrown ball, I think. There was a guy to the right of me, a guy to the left of me. He had to throw it in there with some velocity, because I was surrounded by people. I catch passes after practice every day on the jugs, and they're coming pretty fast. I think that, and the gloves probably helped too.
Q: What's more fun, scoring a touchdown or laying someone out on a block?
Busch: Good question. I guess if I had to take one or the other, I'd say scoring a touchdown cause you get points on the board.
Q: Did you say the gloves helped you with the catch?
Busch: I guess so. I was kind of making a joke. They probably definitely do. You wear them for a purpose.
Q: When that first ball came to you back in the Iowa State game, you had a second to think about it, did you get nervous about it at all?
Busch: Not really, I just wanted to judge it so I could get under it properly. It was kind of awkward catch. I caught it and the front of me was facing toward the sideline. I wanted to be able to put my body in position to make the catch.