Maurice Crum Jr.
On Pat Kuntz's new hairstyle:
"He definitely brings a smile to the room. He relaxes everyone. When times get tight, that's the guy that's going to crack a smile and not be so uptight."
On the added strength and speed of the squad:
"I think it starts there. With guys growing in the program and gaining experience. Now you just have to translate it into the field. We don't have to worry about being pushed around anymore because we spent all that time in the weight room. I'm not worried about what it is I'm supposed to do, because I've already done it. Now it's just a matter of doing it faster."
On picking up a fast start:
"I think a lot of times with young guys, they're not necessarily sure about how to do certain things or how to get ready and sometimes as a result they may not play as fast or start as fast. Now we've got growing pains out of the way. Everyone knows what it takes to get ready, everyone knows their role and what they have to do, so now there's no excuses."
On a bad season as motivation:
"Every time you have a bad season, you don't want to do it again. Having a fresh start is very important and it's something that we have to do."
On relationship with Jon Tenuta:
"I've been having a whole lot of conversations with him and as he got to know me and I got to know him, it's become a lot easier to talk to him. He brings wisdom and attitude, because he's not going to take anything from anybody. He's going to make sure that we get the job done."
On the new system:
"I think it allowed me to personally to play faster, to play more aggressive and that style is just fine."
On his impressions of Michael Floyd:
"He's real big, and real physical. We have to see when we get the pads on, but he's looking pretty good so far."
On competition with the incoming freshmen:
"Oh yeah, those guys are keeping the older guys on their toes. They're looking real good, but they still have a lot to learn and the older guys, we'll have to teach them."
On being one of the players Weis singled out as a "dive right in" player:
"Just getting other guys on board. Coming up out of the city of Detroit, I've always been courageous. And for him to ask me to dive right in, I'm not going to second guess myself. And I think my role is to get other guys on board."
On being a leader:
"Yeah, I think so. Guys come to me day in and day out and ask me, ‘what should I do in this play?' or ‘how should I get open on this?' and I'm more than happy to fulfill that role … It hasn't been hard. Last year I was still one of the veteran guys and now I've got a year under my belt as well, obviously not as a captain, but as a leader. It's been a great experience."
On being anxious to put on the pads:
"Oh, I've been waiting all summer. I talk to a lot of guys from other teams and they're like, ‘aw man we've got to go to camp.' That wasn't my mentality at all. I was ready to get back to the drawing board."
On being injury-free and weight gain:
"Believe it or not, this is actually one of my first full off-seasons. This is the best I've felt in a long time. Instead of trying to rehab an injury, this is the best I've felt since I've been here. The opportunity to work on every aspect of my body is great, not just to play catch up."
On not speaking about last year:
"Most definitely. We're not going to talk about '07. The past is the past. We can only control our future. Guys have got a bitter taste in their mouths so we want to get back out there and show the world what we can do."