"We are doing real well as far as communication and learning the scheme. We are changing a few things, but not too much. We kind of feel like a veteran defense. The offense is coming along and everyone is excited to be here."
What are some things you are trying to improve upon with your game?
"I am just working on my pass defense and getting more fundamentally sound."
What is it like having defensive coordinator Randy Shannon coaching the linebackers?
"With coach Shannon coaching us. With it being his system there is no middle man when we have questions. The only differentce it that with him it is his system and doesn't have to go through anybody. If you have questions you don't have to ask if that is what the coordinator wants and I think we like that. He is taking more time as far as going into more detail compared to last year where we had to learn on the run. Now we are actually studying it and putting it into affect."
Head coach Larry Coker stated in the spring press conference that you were one of the best defensive players on the team, what is your reaction to that? "That type of stuff, I just try to take it in stride. If I won the Butkus Award (given to the nation's top linebacker) I would obviously be happy, but at the same time I realize that there is always someone out there better than me. To keep my edge I just smile and keep working."
Who are some linebackers you expect to have a breakout season in 2006?
"There is going to be guys get banged up—that is just the nature of the game. I think if anything were to happen I definitely think Spencer Adkins is a guy who is looking really well in the weight room, 7-on-7's, and during practices."
How much of a difference are practices with pads on?
"It's a lot better. It sepearates the men from the boys."
What is your current height/weight?
"I am 6-foot and 235 pounds."
Practice resumes Tuesday at 3:20 p.m., but remains closed to the public.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com