One-On-One with Jeff Fuller

Jeff Fuller suffered a major leg injury at the start of the season but has battled back. Websider's Taylor Hamm sat down with Jeff for an exclusive interview and together they discussed his health, the freshman receivers, mixed coverages, and Baylor. Read the transcribed interview in the tailgate!

How is the leg responding to treatment?

"It's pretty much a week to week process. In the middle of the week it will start feeling better and better. By Saturday I am always game ready, I'll be around 90%, and then after the game I drop back down and I have to build it up again the next week. It's a week to week to process but every game it feels a little bit better than last week.

What will it take for this team to play more consistently?

"Just maturing. Playing big and playing physical. "

Where are some areas in your game that you need to get better at?

"I think I have gotten better at a lot of things, but there are still a lot of things I need to work on. Blocking is a huge part of the game and it's something I need to continue to work on and get better at."

Talk a little bit about the freshman receivers and where do you think they can be next year with an offseason under their belt?

"They are all really talented. Starting off with EZ, he really stepped up this year and made a lot of big plays. It's fun and exciting to see him do that. Coming from the same town I lived in and things like that. Brandal stepped up big when I was out and he still comes in and makes plays and he does a real good job and he knows what he is doing out there. Kenric is probably the most talented route runner that we have. He is kind of a utility receiver because he can play the X, Z, and the slot. He can pretty much do it all so it's going to be real exciting to see how everything works out and where everyone fits in."

Speaking of Kenric, how is he doing this week returning punts and how do you feel he fits in at that position?

"I have seen him and I think that's his spot. He looked real good out there today catching punts. Like I said he is our best route runner, he is real smooth and fluid. I am excited to see him out there."

What is the one area the freshman receivers need the most development going into their first collegiate offseason?

"I would say routes and getting in and out of breaks. Pretty much all the freshman this year are better than where I was last year at getting in and out of breaks. I have no excuse, they are just better than I was this time last year. It's going to be real exciting to see this group to continue to improve. As a group, blocking is really the main thing we need to get better at. Getting low and dropping our hips but a lot of that has to do with me."

It looked like last week against OU that the coaches were trying to get you the ball more. Do you want to start seeing the ball come your way more often?

"Oh yea, everyone wants the ball. Everybody wants the responsibility of having the ball in their hands. Coach called me out before the game and told me playmakers need to make plays. I have to say this week I really didn't do that. We just need to continue to improve and we are going to get there. I see great things happening with this team in the future. "

What do you know about Baylor and their defense?

"Cover 4, cover3, and cover 2. Those are all things we have seen on their defense. We have seen them all offseason in the spring and fall so it's going to be fun because I feel we have answers for everything."

With all the coverage packages they run, will you see any one-on-one opportunities against Baylor?

"They don't really man up until you get deep in the redzone. That is when they will man up."

How do you put yourself in a position to make plays when you know you're going up against those cover 4's and 3's? "Cover 4, you run a lot of posts and basic routes. Cover 3, the outside is open and that means the middle of is covered so you can run a lot of fades and out breaking routes. Cover 2, the middle of the field is open so you can run a lot of seams up the middles. We feel like we have answers to everything so it should be fun to see how it turns out."


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