ITV: You have had to play as the backup middle linebacker to this point in your career, are you ready to step up as the starter?
Hammer: I feel great and looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity. I am working hard and I am still learning the game. The coaches have been real good and I am just happy to be out there playing.
ITV: Is there a big difference from last year's defense scheme to this year's defensive scheme?
Hammer: The biggest difference is we are a more aggressive and attacking defense.
ITV: As the middle linebacker are you responsible for calling the defense that coaches signal in?
ITV: You will be asked to cover the tight end or even a receiver on occasion, how do you feel about your pass coverage ability.
Hammer: I feel pretty good about it. I can run with the guys.
ITV: What have you been clocked in the 40?
Hammer: I ran a 4.42.
ITV: Recently ITV was there when you incline bench pressed 490 pounds. Is that still your all time best?
Hammer: Yeah, that is still my best.
ITV: How about the flat bench press? What's your best there?
Hammer: I did 535 pounds.
ITV: Has the defense been given the entire defensive play book or is there still more to come?
Hammer: I think we have put in everything in. It's more of a per game situation.
Hammer: Brandon Johnson is being backed up by Jonathon Jackerson. He is a great athlete and a great guy. I feel like if anything would happen to Brandon, Jonathan would come in and step up. I am being backed up by James Greene. He is a senior linebacker and a great guy and he can also run. I feel if I went down he could come in and step up. Rod Day has a freshman, Deriontae Taylor backing him up. He is a dedicated guy and he reminded me of myself when I first came to Louisville. He is very interested in learning the game and the coaches really like how he hustles to the ball. He may make a mistake or two like all of us, but he is always hustling and that can make up for some mistakes.