A: Spring's going great. We got a new defensive system in. It's all about getting in the film room and coming out here to the practice field ready to learn.
Q: How much are you striving for that No. 1 spot?
A: You know, we all come out here with a chance to better ourselves. I try to strive for that number one spot. That's what I'm trying to do.
Q: Was last year disappointing at all not being able to play much?
A: Not really. The best player is gonna get on the field. I gotta step up and do my best to help my teammates.
Q: How was the pressure of being the No. 1 recruit coming in?
A: It was a lot of pressure but you have to expect it. I expect a lot from myself. It didn't hinder me. I was just adapting to a new system and that's what I'm doing now. I'm learning how to accept change.
Q: Talk about playing in the middle now.
A: The biggest difference is that it's more downhill. You play the run more. Right now I'm working on putting on weight to handle the load down the middle. I guess they wanted to try me in the middle. I played both in high school.
Q: What's your current weight?
A: Right now I'm 215. I'm trying to get up to 225. I was 210 last year.
Q: Talk about the progress you've made.
A: There are a lot of challenges when you're going through this process. You gotta stay positive. I'm feeling good about myself and the progress I'm making.
Q: Have you been able to work on your technique a lot?
A: I got a lot of technique work in last year. Some things are a little difference. I'm feeling good about that this year. I'm a better tackler.
Q: Talk about the new defense.
A: You just gotta adapt to a new scheme. You just gotta do your part for your team.