OL Doesn't Want Job Handed to Him

Joel Figueroa is looking to kick off spring practice the same way he finished the season, strong. CanesTime.com caught up with him to find out the latest.

Q: There has been a lot of talk about you playing well the first couple of days. How have you been able to be so successful?

A: I am just working hard. I am trying to get the team better. I want to get our championship status back. I am working hard to get us better.

Q: How do you feel about the competition on the OL and your chances to start?

A: You never know. I feel that I can start, but all the guys here are great players. I just do not want to be handed the job. I want to fight for it.

Q: How did the offense look today?

A: We did really well. We kind of started off a little jittery, because the defense threw some new things. We got acclimated after a while and started to make some things happen.

Q: How are the centers progressing?

A: Those guys are doing well. Any of the 3 guys can play. They are constantly changing the rotation and it is keeping those guys hungry.

Q: How does it feel to get the pads on and start hitting?

A: It feels great. I was just getting my aggression out. I just let all the all hard work I have put in on the guy across from me.

Q: How was the energy been so far in practice?

A: The intensity is crazy. We are starting with 1 on 1s instead of ending with them. It gets everyone heated and energized to start the practice.

Q: What goals do you have for yourself this spring?

A: I just want to do well. I do not want to have any busts. I want to do whatever it takes to help the team win. I just want to learn my plays and go 100 percent ever snap.

Q: How have the quarterbacks looked so far?

A: They are all unique. They all have a lot of skill. As long as they learn their plays they will be fine. They all won in high school, but now they have to execute here.

Q: How is Coach Stoutland and what has he taught you?

A: He is a great coach. He has taught me a lot. He has taught me that I can not be so aggressive and have to be passive at times. When I first came here I was so aggressive that I did not worry about feet well and I used to lunge and fall a lot. He has really helped me with that.

Q: What is your weight right now?

A: I am at 346 right now. I am happy at that weight. My strength coach says it does not matter, because I have put on a lot of muscle. I am running the same that I was at 320.

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