Bucknuts Fan Club Chat Transcript - Mike Kudla

Incoming OSU LB Mike Kudla joined us in the Bucknuts Fan Club chat on 5/16. Here's what he had to say.

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:18:23 PM)
Okay folks, let's start the chat. Others can come in along the way. Mike, thanks for being here tonight! Start the questions folks!

BuckeyeScott (May 16, 2002 8:18:20 PM)
Mike---What is your weight up to now and at what weight do the OSU coaches want you to report at in the fall??

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:19:06 PM)
Right now I am 250 lbs and the coaches want me to report in at this weight

BuckeyeScott (May 16, 2002 8:19:20 PM)
Thank you. Have the coaches given you any indication of possible playing time this fall in the slot backing up Will Smith??

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:20:04 PM)
All positions have to be earned this fall

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:20:18 PM)
but I am up to the task

BobbleHead (May 16, 2002 8:19:36 PM)
Hi Mike, is there anyone on the team that you are espicially looking forward to playing with?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:21:04 PM)
I have met all the defensive linemen and I am looking forward to playing with them all

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:21:20 PM)
Mike, are you scheduled to play in the Big 33 game? I saw it was July 28, right before freshmen are supposed to report. 

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:22:27 PM)
Yes, I am playing in the game. We have a practice scheduled for sunday at the WHAC.

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:22:42 PM)
The game is scheduled for july 27

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:19:59 PM)
how much more growing do you have to go?any indications from your doctor?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:23:33 PM)
I should grow maybe and inch or two

george (May 16, 2002 8:21:12 PM)
have you been in our chat room before or was that a poser back then?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:24:33 PM)
yes, I was in here one day just checking the site out

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:22:35 PM)
please,please dont kill justin zwick on a sack!!!!!!! during the north south game

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:25:31 PM)
Justin is safe, He is on the North team

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:25:47 PM)
Can't say the same for the south qb

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:25:39 PM)
what number jersey will you want?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:26:23 PM)
49

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:26:47 PM)
Has that been established or are you hoping to get that number?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:27:34 PM)
I am hoping to get that #. The #s for this year have not been issued

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:27:07 PM)
what did you think of max emfinger calling you the best de in the country?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:28:33 PM)
That was quite the compliment. Now I have to live up to it

george (May 16, 2002 8:27:27 PM)
what are your goals as a freshman please be as specific as possible, e.i. # of tackles?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:29:59 PM)
My goal is to help the team wherever possible. Whether playing special teams or de.

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:30:51 PM)
I will play hard every down and the numbers will take care of themselves

BobbleHead  (May 16, 2002 8:29:04 PM)
Who was the toughest offensive lineman that you went up agianst?

MKudla  (May 16, 2002 8:31:43 PM)
Clay Steward. He is on the OL for Indiana

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:32:01 PM)
he was 6'6" 320lbs

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:29:28 PM)
what will you be studying at osu? or are you undecided?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:32:27 PM)
Right now I am leaning towards Exercise Science

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:33:15 PM)
Mike, talk about the recruiting process... what was it like for you? Did you enjoy it?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:33:48 PM)
The process was very time consuming and demanding

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:34:33 PM)
The phone kept ringing off the hook. But, it was a very enjoyable experience meeting all the coaches and players

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:34:46 PM)
have you been trying any swim moves or any thing else to give you the advantage on the offensive lineman?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:35:37 PM)
I have been working weekly on different hand and foot work drills.

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:36:15 PM)
I have been working with the wrestling coach on leverage and hand speed, as well.

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:36:43 PM)
Mike, what are the weight room stats up to now?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:37:47 PM)
The OSU program is extremely demanding, but my bench is up to 510lbs, and I have not yet maxed out on squat.

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:38:05 PM)
My vertical box jump is up to 62"

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:39:26 PM)
I am also doing curls with 100lb dumbbells, and 650lbs for shoulder shrugs

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:37:07 PM)
are you and mike dandrea going to have friendly battles in the weight room at osu for records and reps?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:40:26 PM)
I am repping 225lbs 32 times

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:41:00 PM)
and if D'Andrea wants to challege that, then that is better for the OSU team

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:43:56 PM)
I am pleased with the fact that I have put on 15lbs and acutally have gotten faster

BobbleHead (May 16, 2002 8:36:40 PM)
Have you decided who you would like to room with at school?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:38:33 PM)
I am going to room with E.J. Underwood

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:40:57 PM)
are you worried that at some point that your body will max out and you will be injured?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:44:36 PM)
No, because the OSU coaches stress strength with flexability

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:42:05 PM)
Mike, you have a teammate, Elijah Blower, that should be a division I recruit this year. Is he interested in OSU or other schools right now? Have you been helping him with the process?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:43:18 PM)
I believe OSU has contacted him, but I am not sure where he is in the process. However, I am more than willing to help anyone with the process.

BobbleHead (May 16, 2002 8:43:12 PM)
Have you taken a look at the schedule yet? Is there a team you are really looking forward to playing against?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:45:40 PM)
MICHIGAN- MICHIGAN-MICHIGAN

BobbleHead (May 16, 2002 8:46:16 PM)
Thats what we like to hear!

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:45:47 PM)
mike,any first thoughts on how you will feel when running onto the field against texas tech?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:47:03 PM)
i will be super pumped

Kirk L. (May 16, 2002 8:47:58 PM)
Mike, what did it feel like to be part of such a great recruiting class? Have you talked a lot with your incoming teammates?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:48:46 PM)
It is awesome to be part of a team with such great players. We seem to all get along really well.

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:49:20 PM)
I really think this class will be something special

BobbleHead (May 16, 2002 8:48:26 PM)
You've said that you put on weight and actually got faster, any idea where your 40 time is at right now?

MKudla  (May 16, 2002 8:50:09 PM)
Definately in the 4.4s and I just ran a 4.0 shuttle

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:50:38 PM)
The coaches seem to be more interested in lateral movement

nbuck (May 16, 2002 8:48:34 PM)
who is your favorite football player that you would like to emulate?

MKudla (May 16, 2002 8:51:14 PM)
Courtney B


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