Websider Wednesday Interview - Von Miller

Every Wednesday, Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp brings you an exclusive Q&A with a current player or coach on the Aggie football team. This week's guest is Von Miller, who visits with Aggie Websider about the De Soto pipeline and what his first few months in Aggieland have been like.

QUESTION: A&M signed you and Garrick Williams last year and then Tony Jerod committed this year, obviously A&M is going after Cyrus Gray. How did the De Soto pipeline become so strong recently?
When Coach Eggen recruited us, he came in and talked to all of us at the same time. Me, Tony and Garrick were all close in high school. When Garrick committed, it encouraged me to commit and Tony already liked A&M. We're just waiting on Cyrus now.

QUESTION: You and Garrick pretty good friends with the other two guys?
Tony lived with me in high school for my whole senior year, so we became real close friends. Cyrus stayed over there a little bit. I talk to Cyrus two times a week. I talk to everyone from my high school team.

QUESTION: How important is it for recruits to have that comfort level of some guys they already know on the team?
I think it's important. When you get recruited you don't know who is telling the truth or lying to you. If you've got somebody to tell you before you make a decision, you already know what's going to happen.

QUESTION: Glad you ended up at A&M?
It's everything i thought it would be and then some. There were some things I didn't know about, but I'm glad I'm here.

QUESTION: You had visited Kyle Field as a recruit, but what was it like to actually play on Kyle Field for the first time?
Walking out on Kyle Field was kind of the same as when I visited. Everyone was standing up, doing the yells. As time went on I started knowing about the traditions and everything. When I walked on the field the first time, I got goosebumps, just like I did in the stands.

QUESTION: What have you improved on the most since arriving at A&M?
When I was in high school, I didn't really understand the technique and fundamentals of playing D line. I was just faster than everybody and ran around them. I didn't really notice it until I got here. I practiced with the team and stuff. I had to improve. I couldn't keep my game the same level and go anywhere. I had to learn and catch on quick. I improved my hand technique and dipping my shoulder and tweaking my body. Offensive linemen are quicker here, so I couldn't just run around them anymore.

QUESTION: How tough is it to earn some playing time at this level?
It's hard, but I don't look at it like that. Whatever playing time I get, I'm going to go out there and give it 110 percent. I've got three more years and I just look forward to getting the experience so I'll know what to do next year when I come in as a sophomore.

QUESTION: You told Scout.com that you wanted to be a more powerful end to compliment my speed.
I spent a lot of time in the weight room. I've gained 20 pounds since I got here. I came in at 208 and I was at 228. Yesterday when I weighed in I was 222. They've got us in the weight room and doing some upper body workouts. I really think I'm improving on becoming a more powerful defensive end, but I'm not there yet. I've got about another 30 pounds.

QUESTION: Gotten any taller?
I've grown about half an inch.

QUESTION: Who have you learned the most from at A&M?
Probably Cyril Obiozor. His playing style is kind of like mine. He's a fast athletic defensive lineman. He's very athletic and fast around the edge and makes plays. That's the kind of defensive lineman that I want to be. There's so many aspects of the defensive line. You've got Mike Bennett who's strong and he's a monster on the field. Everyone on the d line brings something different to the table. I like that about being here. If they start scheming off Cyril, you can bring Mike in, if they start scheming off Mike, you can bring Cyril in. I really like the way Coach Eggen is coaching and the rotation he uses.

QUESTION: Did you take part in the drills this summer with the martial arts training?
When Randy White came in, I paid attention and tried to incorporate that into my game a little bit. Offensive linemen are always going to be bigger than defensive linemen, so you have to have an advantage. The stuff that he taught us was real helpful. He taught us about hand placement and what to do.

QUESTION: What do you think about all the controversy around the VIP Connection off the field right now? Do you have Coach Fran's back like McGee?
Coach Fran recruited me, I got attached to Coach Fran and I got his back 100 percent, but I don't let that distract me. I'm here to play and focus on the game. I don't pay attention to all that, I just want to play.

QUESTION: What's the key to stopping Texas Tech this weekend?
We've got to get pressure and cover well. I just think if we play, we'll be alright. Texas Tech has a real good offense and our defense is real good, so this should be a good test for our defense.


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