Penn State super freshman Derrick Williams talked to FightOnState.com and several other outlets for the first time since becoming a Nittany Lion. The Q&A session was held before Friday's Central Pa. NLC event in York. We will be updating this story with new audio files from Williams, Tony Hunt and Michael Robinson periodically over the next several days, so check back often. UPDATED 9:55 a.m., 6/20
We will have more from Williams
, a pair of his Penn State
teammates and Lion head coach Joe Paterno over the course of the next several days.
MICHAEL ROBINSON AUDIO
Michael Robinson Audio
This is a raw 17 minute audio file. Lots of info here, but be aware of the length and size of this file.
DERRICK WILLIAMS AUDIO
Derrick Williams Audio 1.
Derrick Williams Audio 2.
Derrick Williams Audio 3 (NEW FILE).
TONY HUNT AUDIO
Tony Hunt Audio
Recap of Derrick Williams Audio 1.
He is pretty surprised at the amount of exposure Coach Paterno has allowed him to have with the media as a true freshman, but feel that Joe has faith in him with his ability to handle the press given his experience as the nations' top recruit last year and the massive media coverage he received during his recruitment.
His first semester at Penn State "has been great." He has learned a lot on the football classes and on the football field. A lot of the guys have treated him like a brother.
The most chellenging part has been adjusting to the classroom size. Everything on the football field has gone great and really felt comfortable for him.
The speed of the game has been a "big adjustment." The game is much faster with more talented guys, but he feels he has adjusted very well thanks to his own speed and quickness.
Derrick "feels like he is on top of the world" given that so many students and folks on campus stop him and say how glad they are to have him at Penn State. It means a lot to him to have so much faith in his abilities.
He believes he can handle all the pressure. He played as a true freshman in high school and his dad has prepared him for this. His teammates have been incredibly supportive and he "couldn't ask for a better group of guys" to play with.
Recap of Tony Hunt Audio
Hunt is pleased with where the offense is and likes what he sees a lot. The coaches have spent all off-season reviewing what the personnel is capapble of have have switched some things around to better use the speed and size they have.
He likes the personnel and the new schemes he is seeing currently.
He discussed expectations for the offense, saying, their main goal is to win the Big Ten and get back to being a contender.
Tony's personal goal is to run hard and support the offensive however the coaches want to use him.
Robinson has always been a leader on the team, so his leadership is key for the offense. He has a lot of poise and confidence playing quarterback.
The freshmen (King and Williams) have made a smooth transition from high school and got comfotable with the obligations of a player (classes, workouts, practices, etc.) and look great so far.
He has not looked closely at the Big Ten yet, but knows every team in the conference will be great and play tough so they have to prepare for the best competition out there.
He feels that the program and players really believe that they can get things done this year - there is a lot of confidence.
Hunt is staying up on campus for the summer to focus on conditioning and preparation for the season.
He talked about the competition for starting tailback, saying he thinks everyone is on an even playing field and feels he has to fight for his job rather than believing the position is his to lose.
He feels Austin Scott is looking good and gett back up to speed on the field.
He feels he has matured and is more open to criticism and how to improve his game to be a better player more openly.
He talked about his own recruitment in high school and said Coach JIohnson was a big factor for him to go to PSU over programs like USC. He just felt comfortable with Coach Johnson and how he would fit into the program at Penn State.
Tony was not recruited by current college players while in high school like many of the current players are doing now with recruits, but he totally understands what they are doing and feels it is great for the program. The younger guys have really been dedicated from the start, which is impressive.
He loves the fact he is able to go up against a great defense day in and day out. Going up against Coach Bradley's defense has made him better - a better runner and a better blocker.
He hopes the offense will look different this year, and feels it will be better and tougher.
He expects the spread to change things up for the offense and open things up on the gorund.