Freshman Loves New Environment

This talented incoming freshman is excited to get things started with the entire team later this week. He gives his thoughts on other incoming freshmen, Coach Swasey, current players, and how he expects the team to do this season in this exclusive interview with

At 6-foot-1 and 177 pounds, former Miami (Fla.) Northwestern standout Travarous Bain has been busy preparing all summer for the opportunity to start his Hurricane career.

"It's been awesome," Bain told me. "Coach Swasey is real cool. He works us really hard, but at the same time we have fun with him. You hate the work he makes you do, but you like him as a coach and as a person."

Bain went through freshman testing a couple weeks ago and was happy with his results but feels as if he could have done better.

"They were alright," he said. "I ran a 4.38/40 and I know I'm faster than that. I ran a 4.00 [shuttle run], and I also had a vert of 38 inches. Everyone else got to run theirs at noon and I had to do mine at 6 o'clock in the morning. I wasn't ready but I did OK I guess."

The talented cornerback said he's enjoyed going up against the talented group of freshmen receivers all summer.

"Devin Hester's been awesome," he said. "He and Sinorice [Moss] are the type of player that needs to get the ball right away. They're slot guys and you need to get the ball in their hands right away because once they get it, they're real explosive and know how to get it downfield. Akieem Jolla is like 6-4 and he's better at running the downfield routes. He's a great deep threat. I haven't been able to tell much from Ryan Moore yet."

The talented defensive back also talked about the other incoming freshmen defensive backs.

"My roommate Brandon Merriweather had shoulder surgery this offseason so he's trying to get to 100-percent," he said. "The corners have been looking good. They're all fast and they all make plays. Learning from guys like Antrel Rolle has been really good for all of us. But we'll find out who's who and start separating ourselves once two-a-days start with the whole team. That's when you can really see who's ready and who isn't."

Bain was asked about the possibility of a redshirt this season.

"My goal is to be one of the two or three guys that plays," he said. "The coaches said a couple of us will play this season and that means the ones that are the most ready. I want to get myself in that position."

Bain had a message for anyone wondering about UM's wide receiver depth.

"I'll tell you what," he said. "Roscoe Parrish is the real deal. He's amazing and I think he'll make a big impact for us this season. And Jason Geathers has been looking real nice. I think he's going to have a breakout season because he's like another Andre [Johnson] out there."

The standout corner talked about what he's hoping to see this season.

"Besides wanting to play, I just want to help the team win," he said. "That's what it's all about. They won it last year but everyone knows this is a whole new team. Even the freshmen have to work really hard if we want to repeat. I'm ready."

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