"I had the objectives of gaining a starting spot and to learn the defense better."
How do you think you did during the spring?
"According to the coaches and my teammates, I did well."
You were here during the first summer session. What were you trying to accomplish?
"Mostly, I was trying to get in better shape, improve my speed and get ahead in school."
So you were taking more classes than just Mike Grant's.
Getting back to the subject at hand. What are you trying to accomplish during the second summer session?
"I'm preparing myself for two-a-days. I'll have to step it up a notch during the second part of the summer."
Talking about the upcoming season, I have talked to a lot of the guys and they almost to a man say they are trying to build team unity and make sure another season like last season doesn't happen. What are you hoping for team-wise?
"I'm hoping that we can become more team-oriented."
As an individual player, how do you hope to help this team?
"Basically, I just want to fit into the defense and make plays to help the defense and the special teams."
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