Talk about your first game as a starter and how well you thought you played?
"I thought I did pretty good considering I'm a freshman. On the negative part, I just didn't read my keys and do my assignments. I was a little hyped up and nervous at the same time all throughout the game. I was hyped up with emotions and couldn't calm down. I was getting chopped (blocked) a lot. In fact, I was chopped pretty good one time and it was something that I wasn't used to."
Just over a year ago you had major heart surgery. Did you get down on yourself while you were recovering from the operation?
"I was never down during the entire process. I always kept a positive attitude about it because I knew one day I would be playing football again. That was my whole goal. Having the surgery allowed me to get healthy again and play football again."
When were you able to work out again?
"When I came in this summer in July, that was when I really did some hard running and hard lifting. It was then I started working out hard. Up until that point, I had been doing nothing."
Were you a little nervous about receiving that first hit to your chest?
"No, because I knew if I prepared myself and got back in shape, everything would be alright."
When you received your first hit, what was it like?
"It was a regular contact hit and I didn't think anything about it."
You are one of three freshmen starting on the defensive side of the ball. That is a very high honor.
"I'm just trying to help this football team out and I'll do anything that I can. If I'm good enough to start, then I'll do that and help out as much as I can."
Are you frustrated on defense, especially since there are so many young guys on the defensive side of the ball?
"No, not really because it's just how the ball bounces sometimes. We have our ups and downs, but that's part of the game."
You were heavily hyped by the recruiting services coming out of high school. Are you close to being that Deljuan Robinson at this point in time?
"I'm nowhere close to that Deljuan right now. I'm a little overweight and lost a lot of speed and strength. I'm nowhere close to that Deljuan."
How much do you weight?
"Right now, I weigh about 285. In high school, I weighed about 270 and I moved pretty well. I want to weigh a solid 270. Right now, I weigh a sloppy 285. I've never played this heavy and I've lost a step or two."
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