"The spring threw me off. I didn't know much then. Luke moved up, but he didn't work out hard enough over the summer, so now it's back open again. My reads have gotten better, so I need to keep doing the same things that I've been doing."
Do you feel you be the back-up?
"I feel like that [I will]. In the spring I was clueless on a whole lot of stuff, but I've been working hard. I feel like after two-a-day's that I should be number two."
How do you like the way Coach Tranquil is with you guys?
"You have to get used to it. At first, he threw me off. I was used to O'Cain. He was really quiet and soft-spoken, but Tranquil is there on top of you. You just have to get used to his coaching. He's an old-school coach. Ron told me to be looking for that type of coach—'He's going to be hard on you.' It threw me off [at first], but I'm used to it now."
What exactly did you do in the summer that made you better?
"Meeting with Coach Tranquil every day over the day. I came for 30 minutes a day after classes [to talk to him] and watching film."
Does it bother you that Coach Bunting said that no one came out and took the back-up position?
"No. That didn't bother me at all. As a matter of fact, that just made me determined to go out there and work harder. Wherever you go, you have to compete. They will recruit anybody. There is always another quarterback just as good as you. It just made me work harder.
"I understand that he didn't really see that much in the spring. If I were the head coach, I would have said the same thing. I have to show him that I can handle it."
Do you view this as an opportunity?
"Yes. I've been studying all summer. My reads are a lot better—just little stuff like that. I didn't work on that with O'Cain because he didn't really spend a lot of time with the freshmen. Over the summer I worked hard going over reads and defenses."
It seems that a lot of the quarterback's success is having the confidence that you know what is going on when you line up.
"Yes, that's right. In the spring, I didn't have that confidence because I would come to the line and think, 'I've got the play, now what is the defense?' Now that I know the defense, you just sit back in the pocket and go through your reads and your choices. It gives me a better chance to use my strengths."