First day was great, just getting back into the groove of covering guys, running drills, going through the protocol, getting down and distance and making checks.
On having such a good winter:
The last few months, it just kinda grew on me. I'm a senior now. I gotta talk when I supposed to talk, correct things when I need to. Just doing the things I gotta be doing.
On coming back for his senior season:
I come from a family, when you start something you finish it. I started it here so I gotta go through four years, get my degree, so if I had left last year I couldn't do that. With the things that happened last year, I wanted to come back and pick up where I left off my sophomore year. I wanna correct the things I'm doing wrong. I'm not a finished product yet. These coaches will get me where I'm supposed to be before I leave.
On other juniors leaving:
That didn't weigh on me. I talked to those guys, to get them to come back. They felt it was the best decision for them to move on to the next level.
On his junior season:
Personally, I think I could have done a lot better. I didn't play how I was supposed to play. I wasn't really…there were a lot of distractions last year. I wasn't really into it. I was playing, just off and on, a lot of trying to get back into it, missing four games, trying to get back in the groove.
On why he's more motivated than ever now:
I told myself that it's my senior season. I can't get this back. I put my head down and started working as hard as I could and be the leader they want me to be.
On what's changed:
It's changed because I'm the captain on the defense right now. In situations when young guys are probably down on themselves for messing up, you gotta pick them up and tell them everyone goes through the process. You gotta guide them, bring them along. I feel comfortable with it. It's not like I've never done it before. Now that I'm a senior, you really gotta pick up on that and get this team back to winning victories.
On talking to the suspended players:
I haven't really talked to them. We just got that news. I talk to the team, say we can't have any distractions this year. We gotta put our head down and run with it, be where they're supposed to be.
On what fans may think of him after last season:
I can't say it's a concern because I can't control what other people think. As long as my team and coaches know where I'm at, the type of person I am, that's all that matters to me.