Monday was your first day to go through practice since the ankle injury. Did they work you into it gradually?
"Yes sir, it was gradual. (Tuesday), I will got through it a little bit harder to see if I can go all the way through it."
How did you feel after Monday's practice?
"I was a little bit sore, but, it feels real good today."
You are still limping on it some.
"A little bit."
Are you ready to get back?
"I've very anxious to get back, but I'm just taking my time right now."
Will having an injury like what you have make it tougher to play on the artificial surface in the Super Dome?
"I don't think so, but this is going to be my first time."
Since your ankle injury was pretty severe, will you ever be 100% during the season or will you have to live with the pain as you play on it?
"I think as long as I continue with rehab, I will wind up being 100%."
What is your opinion of Tulane after watching them on television against TCU?
"They are pretty good. You just have to make sure they don't get the upper hand on us."
Ball control is going to be very important against them.
"Definitely, we are going to run, pass, everything."
What is your opinion of their defense?
"Their four-man front is pretty good. They are pretty quick."
What do you think of Otis Riddley's play at guard?
"Otis has been doing a great job. He has been holding down the spot pretty well. Even though we are competing for the same spot, we are both trying to win games."
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