Dallas Hendrikson: It's alright. I would have played with it in a game, but I went in and got it stitched up during the scrimmage. I've got it taped up pretty good and I'm wearing a glove. I did a little extra work to make sure I can snap and it worked out.
SR.com: Is part of that knowing how much the team is relying on you with other injuries?
DH: Definitely. It's just a cut and it's hard to get in a good practice without me in there. I can tough it out.
SR.com: How would you describe your progress this spring with a new position coach?
DH: I'm learning a lot. I'm settled in. Everything is very similar to last year, so it's just a matter of taking everything in and slowing everything down.
SR.com: The big thing for you has been building up your strength. Have you felt that improve under [strength and conditioning coach] Jeremy Cole?
DH: Yeah definitely. I've made gains even in the past six weeks with Coach Cole in the weight room. He's doing a good job of getting us all stronger and motivated. I'm about 280 right now, but of course I'd like to be heavier, hopefully 285, 290.
SR.com: How beneficial has Coach Cole been for you?
DH: He's changed a lot of things. I've learned a lot by his actions. He's keeping stuff to eat in the weight room. He's making lifts a lot better, faster. We're getting a lot of stuff done.
SR.com: What do you think of the way the rest of the offensive line is progressing this spring?
DH: We're doing good. Guys have been struggling as far as getting banged up, but we have people stepping in. We just keep on plugging along and getting better every day.
DH: We all kind of teach each other. There are a lot of calls and you have to stay focused up there. Little things like hand placement can make all the difference.
SR.com: How much are you looking forward to when this offensive line is finally healthy?
DH: It's going to be fun. We're going to have battles at every position, which is what we need.
SR.com: What's your excitement level to actually play in a live situation in front of Rutgers fans?
DH: It's going to be a lot of fun. My family is going to be out here, so it will be nice to see them. It's going to be a fun day with all the fanfare and stuff.
SR.com: Have they ever come to see you at Rutgers before?
DH: Yeah. They came for the first game last year and to West Virginia, which was cold even for them. They had a good time.
SR.com: What will it mean to actually play in front of your family this time?
DH: It will be fun. They're excited. I'm excited. It's going to be a good day for everybody.