"Things aren't that different. I'm still working really hard and trying to continue to learn the game and really just doing my one-eleventh. I've had the opportunity to learn from a great group of guys, the seniors, in Pedro [Sosa], Jeremy [Zuttah], and Mike [Fladell]. Those guys are the leaders of this line and I'm trying to follow their lead," stated Blaszczyk.
Even with the remarkable change in the culture of the RU program, the one constant since the arrival of Head Coach Greg Schiano has been continued focus on the very next play.
"I'm really not trying to think about being starting C. I just try to stay focused on what I need to do, my part," continued Blaszczyk.
Despite the continued effort and discipline, there are some intangibles that do come into play when anchoring the OL of a major D-1 football team. And certainly, the first time around there is, however slight, an adjustment.
"One of the more difficult adjustments has been the focus on watching more tape, watching more tape with the older guys. But from that, it's really more about improving yourself. One of the things I've learned is just how to have more poise under pressure, how to be a better leader. These are all things that the Seniors have taught us. And when it's my turn, I try to be a great leader just like I've been led," said Blaszczyk.
With pre-season practice complete, the focus will now turn to Buffalo, a team that opened up its 2006 campaign with a 9-3 OT victory over Temple, but would win again only once for the duration of the season. Despite the less than remarkable '06 record of the opposition, there is little chance RU may be looking ahead.
"We've started looking at some film and we've started to focus on Buffalo a little bit. Buffalo is a good team and we need to be ready to play them. But really, the focus needs to be on us. The focus needs to be on that one play. It's that play, one at a time," stated Blaszczyk.