GM: What was the worst part about missing all of that time?
CS: Not being with the guys on road games, not being with the team all the time. I had never sat out a game in my life, so it was actually surreal for me. The whole thing, not being in meetings, not being dressed for games, it hurt to go through that.
GM: The best part about being back?
CS: That I can play again, hit again, be with the guys.
GM: What should Navy fans expect from Clint Sovie this season?
CS: I'm just going to work hard and, hopefully, do what I've done over the past few seasons. Right now, I'm just working to get a starting position.
GM: The defense took some heat for its play last year. What should we expect from the unit this year?
CS: I think we will have a good team. We lose a lot of key players, but I think we have some people that can step in and get the job done. You never get content, you never want to go down hill. I think we have a good defense, I really do. We are looking to prove something. We had some injuries, some people stepped in who had never played a game. This year, we want to show we are a cohesive unit, and earn the respect of the fans.
GM: What type of emotions will you be experiencing when you take the field for the 2008 season-opener against Towson?
CS: Oh gosh, it's almost been seven months to the day that I hit someone. I hadn't hit someone in the opposite or same jersey. The emotion is going to be greater than it always has been. I won't be trying to hurt anyone, but I won't take anything for granted now when I play.
GM: What should we expect from Navy this season?
CS: We should be successful. As far as the coaching change, things won't change, our success won't change. I think it will be a good season.
GM: Thanks for the time, Clint. Looking forward to watching you make lots of tackles this season.