Pack Pride Q&A: Robert Caldwell

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pack Pride talks with senior linebacker Robert Caldwell as he progresses through fall camp.

Pack Pride talks with senior linebacker Robert Caldwell as he progresses through fall camp.

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How has camp been going for you?
It's football camp. There is practice everyday. We're trying to get better. We're trying to learn.

Coach said your improvement has allowed them to move M.J. [Salahuddin] around a little bit. Just talk about the improvements you've made.
Our linebacker corp is a great group of guys. We're all very talented. We're all just trying to do our roles and step up and make the linebacker corps one.

Coach Doeren has complimented you this camp. Do you feel more comfortable out here? Are you starting to get it now with a spring under your belt?
I feel like I've made improvements, but there is a lot more to improve on. I think that I'm trying to get a little more comfortable.

We only have 16 more days until the first game so we've got to bust it out and grind... try to perfect the flaws that we have right now.

How different is what they are asking you to do at linebacker as opposed to last year?
I can't really speak upon that. I wasn't really... I was a part of it, but I had a situation last year and I served our team where we needed me on the scout team so I can't really speak on that.

What was it like for you last year, being on the scout team... special teams. Was that difficult?
At first it was hard, a hard transition, just because I'm used to playing not just special teams and scout. It was a real humbling experience, so I'm glad I got to do it and learn from it.

I feel I got to earn my stripes on the team.

Did getting in late last year kind of set you back?
I think it did, but you can't really do anything about it. it happened, you just have to move forward. It's in the past

Do you feel much more prepared this year having gone through spring practice and conditioning?
Yes sir, definitely. 100%.

In junior college you primarily rushed the passer but at middle linebacker you probably won't just be doing that. Was there more of a learning curve for you early on because of that?
Definitely. I had to stay disciplined and play my keys. It's not just rushing on the outside anymore. You have to fill the gap, you have to scrape, you have to go with the running back downhill.

What has it been like to work with coach Huxtable?
It's been great, a great opportunity. He's a great coach, great mentor. I've learned a lot from him since his time here and I look forward to continuing it in the season.

How ready are you for game-week, preparation-week?
I'm excited. I can't wait for it, but we have to finish these last few days of camp, and when that time comes, it comes.

When you were being recruited you said you had some family in South Carolina. Will they be coming up?
Yes sir, definitely. They are looking forward to that.


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