This offseason was one of my best offseasons I've had since I've been here. I have that bond with the players and myself. I had to put it in myself that I could do it. I had to train hard and everything I got. My teammates see how I'm working and see the process where I came from last year.
On how he feels now:
On I feel great right now. I'm glad I got everything fixed. All that's behind me right now.
On how emotional it was:
Most definitely it was emotional. To any player, getting hurt and ending the season, especially when you have high expectations, you gotta have a short term memory in football. You gotta be mentally strong and that's something you gotta have. Getting hurt comes with the game.
On the progress he's making:
Like Coach Shannon always says, it's a process. You tell me my freshman year, the body's never gonna feel fresh. That's something you gotta learn as a freshman and even as a sophomore. If every player knew how to play the game with pain and know your body won't feel fresh, it's not gonna be a process like he talked about. It's a big shock to your body and you gotta get used to it.
On how he got through last season:
Just getting around the players, around players who are gonna cheer you up. Players are always making you smile and make you laugh.
On help he got from teammates:
Most definitely. Those guys came, me and Sean were roommates. He was always talking to me, saying maybe that happened for a reason and maybe God has another plan.
On not winning as much early on:
It was definitely tough but especially when you're a competititor coming from a high school where you're winning every week and doing that thing right there. Just like my junior year, we wasn't winning 9th and 10th grade year, then 11th grade year everyone got used to the Northwestern program. We had that bond. That's when the thing clicked on and that's what I feel right now.
On his role this season:
Whatever the team needs me to do, that's what I wanna do. Whatever is coming, if it's starting or coming in on third down, coming on goal line, coming on run stop or pass, I wanna do that for the team.
On where he finds motivation:
I go that way because you gotta give the man upstairs all the credit. Waking up every morning and He gives me the strength to play football. A lot of people can't play or even stand on their two feet. I'm just happy to be here.
On current height and weight:
6-2 and 310. (I was) 315 (last year)
On which side he's playing:
I play both sides, with my left and right hand down.
On being third team:
Yes, that's motivation. He wanna get what he sees in me, that out there. I see it now. My freshman and sophomore year, some things I didn't see because I was young and it was a process. Now I see it with the whole team. I have to look myself in the mirror and know what I have to do to help this team win.