Q: Coming in, the depth chart at offensive line doesn't mean a whole lot. What are you doing to solidify your spot right now?
Andy Kuempel: A day in, it's hard to judge. Coming into camp, attitude, a good attitude, it's long haul but if you work hard every day, that's something the coaches see.
Q: What did the other linemen, the seniors, passed on to you in terms of the work ethic, the drive it takes to compete at this level?
Kuempel: You just named the two major things. Guys like Mike Elgin, Marshal Yanda, Mike Jones. Yanda walked in here and started, Elgin a 3-year starter, Jones a 3-year starter, those guys knew what it took to be a Hawkeye lineman. Hopefully they imparted that in on us.
Q: What are you seeing out of some the other guys oyu're competing with, guys like Calloway, some of the other younger guys we haven't seen?
Kuempel: Just major improvement. We're the ones getting reps. The seniors have all left, we're the veterans now. We've got ot learn to be leaders, we've got to step up.
Q: Bruggeman has the injury, btu what's his presence been like around the complex, through the conditioning?
Kuempel: At first, we were just trying to keep his spirits up, but now he's back, rehabbing, doing great. For the redshirt freshmen coming in, he's their mentor. That's a great role for him, he's been a great mentor for them.