Armbrister making most of opportunity

Thurston Armbrister is starting at outside linebacker. Read on to see what he had to say about his progress there.

Q: What's your reaction about being number one on the depth chart?
A: It's blessing to get this opportunity. Like you said, I wasn't heavily recruited. No one thought I could do it. Now that I got the opportunity, I'm taking advantage of it.

Q: What does it mean to you to be taking meaningful reps and getting some playing time this year?
A: It means a lot. I'm a local, so a lot of people, a lot of fans, look at me [to] represent my area.

Q: When you were growing up did you always look up to play for UM?
A: Of course. Every kid in Florida wants to play for UM, so it's a dream come true.

Q: How do you feel your grasp is on the defensive playbook, right now?
A: Coach Barrow just told me to be a student of the game. I'm learning more to my position, and I'm getting better every day at the playbook.

Q: What would you say the coaches like about your game?
A: My toughness, my good attitude on my position and my work ethic.

Q: How much linebacker have you played, before this year?
A: I played a little bit in high school. High school I played a lot of positions. That's probably why I wasn't ever heavily recruited. I've always had a tough attitude, so it was an easy transaction for me.

Q: How much weight have gained since last year?
A: I think, ten pounds.

Q: What have they told you about that as they try to fit you into the position?
A: They told me that I have a really long body and that I have a lot of space to fill in with muscle mass. So, even now, they say I keep getting bigger and bigger and as I get older, I will get better.

Q: How's your speed, right now?
A: My speed is pretty consistent still. I'm like a 4.6 guy, so that's pretty fast for a linebacker.

Q: How many reps can you do in 225?
A: Ten.

Q: Where they trying to get you for linebacker?
A: I want to get to 20.

Q: How do you feel about all these linebackers getting injured?
A: That comes with position. [For] linebacker you have to be tough and that's just a part of the game.

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