Q&A with Steve Breaston

At Big Ten Media Day last week Steve Breaston sat down with reporters to discuss his role on this year's team, the support he gets from back home, the Michigan players that took him under their wings and much more.

On how he became so elusive and shifty:

"I just played tag. When you're little you play tag, hide and go seek, and things like that. When I was younger I used to play with all of my older brothers and a lot of other older people I knew. There weren't too many people my age. At three years old they had me playing third base out there. My mom told me to come in and I started crying because I wanted to be out there. As I got older I played a lot with my older bothers more and I was able to compete with them. I think that helped me out a lot."

On his brothers being hard on him:

"They were hard. They never took it easy on me. They still don't take it easy on me. I know where their heads are at. They're there to make me better. All of them have their degrees. It's a great thing. I'm just proud of my mom…my parents for guiding us the right way. Being able to look at my three older siblings…they are great role models and great examples. They've been through it before. They helped me out with a lot of things as far as school, and life in general."

On flack from his brother that attended Penn State:

"Yeah. He's kind of weird. I kind of think he is going to root for Penn State this year (laughing). Every time I come in the house he is talking about how Penn State got this recruit. They just joke around with me a lot saying, 'yeah, we found you on a doorstep.' Things like that keep you on your toes. They keep my head where it needs to be. They don't sit there and praise me all of the time. They help keep me focused. They just tell me to enjoy the experience."

On if people from his area were hard on him for leaving the state:

"I heard things here and there. But people in my area, in general, have been real supportive. A lot people have said, 'since you and Ryan [Mundy] are there, we've become real big Michigan fans.' They watch a lot of Michigan football. You appreciate going home and seeing that you have that type of effect on people in the area. I'm just blessed to play the game and I'm happy that they're enjoying it."

On if his approach changes now that Braylon is gone:

"Even when Braylon was here, me Jason, Carl, and all of the receivers were working hard from day one. There will probably be more opportunities and my role is greater than it was last year as far as being a receiver…and I still have to carry the other responsibilities that I had before. But I go in with the same mindset…that I'm going to get the ball every play…that I will make a play here and there. Just like Jason. He has the same mindset. You want the ball. You expect the ball to be thrown to you. If it's not, then you know that somebody else is going to make the play. But you have the attitude that you want the ball in your hands and you're going to make a play if it's thrown to you."

On if was difficult making the transition from high school quarterback to college receiver:

"It was difficult. Was I really a high school quarterback? (laughing) A lot people said, 'you never threw the ball.' I kind of thought I threw the ball a lot more. (laughing) I guess I was more of a running type quarterback. It was difficult as far as route running and working on releases, reading defenses from the receiver position, and stuff like that. Once the ball is in your hands, if you're a playmaker, you know how to make plays and make people miss. That's just natural to me. I just had to learn to play that role from the receiver position. [Playing quarterback] might have helped me because as a quarterback you know where the windows are in the defense and you know how to read coverages. You kind of know where the quarterback wants you to be and it helps you out a lot."

On the Pennsylvania guys taking him under their wings when he first got to Michigan:

"[Tim Massaquoi] is from Pennsylvania. Marlin [Jackson] is from Pennsylvania too. I was kind of quiet. I was always able to talk to Tim. He is a good person to talk to. He tells you stuff to help you out. He just helped me out with school and with the college way of life. He told me that everybody goes through it. He said, 'college is overwhelming to most people…and you may think you're the only person going through it, but everybody goes through it. The regular students are going through it.' He would tell me, 'keep doing what I was doing and to understand that I came there for a reason. Understand that it is the place for you. It might seem like you need to go home every now and then, but this is what you need to do and this is where you need to be.' Him and Marlin just kept reassuring that this is where I needed to stay at. It was very helpful. Those two people…I kind of looked at it like them replacing my brothers. My family is real close, and when I went to Michigan they were just very supportive and they helped me out."

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