"I wanted to get better at receiver and try and move up the depth chart. I wanted to get more confident at running routes and more confidence in my hands. I also wanted to keep working with the special teams."
Now that you are heading into your third year (Scott redshirted his true freshman year), do you feel playing wide receiver is becoming more natural to you?
"I'm not where I want to be, although I have improved a lot. I was a running back in high school and receiver is a lot different than running back. You can be the fastest man in the world but you have to learn to run the routes. You have to work on your cutting and footwork. Coach Grant's footwork workouts have helped me a lot in running my routes. I've also developed a lot more confidence in my hands."
You were here the first summer session and participated in the June workouts. Did you notice more players were in attendance than in the past?
"There were more people this time. Everybody was more energetic. I think we had better team participation in June than any other June since I have been here."
Do you think the 3-8 season is a big reason for that?
"Of course that had something to do with it, but I think some of our team leaders have been identified and had a lot to do with getting people to come in early."
Have you seen more guys that maybe haven't been taking on leadership roles in the past now taking on those leadership roles this year?
"I have seen guys who probably should have said more in the past saying more now. Guys who can make a difference are stepping up more."
What are you specifically trying to accomplish during the summer workouts?
"Just to get bigger, faster and stronger. And get ready for the season."
What are your individual and team goals for the upcoming season?
"To move up at receiver and do more on special teams. Team goals, go all the way. I would also like to see everybody play hard and do everything they need to do day in and day out."
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