At this point last year, you were probably still trying to figure out which way was up. What did the experience do for you coming into this season?
I just gained so much more confidence getting playing time last year and just got more confident in catching Jake's and Rick's balls and growing as a unit.
Do you feel like you maybe hit a wall midway though last season?
Yeah, there definitely was a learning curve with trying to adjust to the speed and how physical the Big Ten is. I did have some ups and downs last year. I was just trying to learn from last year, and I think I have. This offseason has been great for the team and I just can't wait to get on the field.
Can you talk about the addition of Coach Campbell?
I mean, it's just incredible what he brings to the table. Every day at practice, he's just a high-energy guy. He definitely knows how to coach and he definitely knows his stuff. I'm just trying to take in as much as he has to offer. I watch film and sit in on meetings with him. He just has a lot of insight to wide receiver.
How do you as a player get up for a team like Maine? A lot of fans think it should be a game that you can win in your sleep. How do you keep your focus?
We haven't played a football game in eight months and we haven't been inside Kinnick. Being in Kinnick and having a chance to prove what we have …it's kind of been a tough offseason and we want to wipe the slate clean. To play any time in Kinnick is just huge.
Shonn Green has been a guy that in the past picked up the offense when he brought that pop. What has that done to the offense?
Shonn is a great player. You can see what he did two years ago. Shonn can help us out a great deal. Anytime he gets a big run, it can get the defense more focused on Shonn and it can open up the pass game and boost our confidence even more. Shonn is a big part of our offense.
Is there one thing, one moment, that you look forward to the most on a game day Saturday?
Just running out of the tunnel and getting those goose bumps every time; just hearing the fans. The kickoff is just unbelievable. The fans are why I came here.