One-on-One with D.J. Monroe

SAN ANTONIO, TEX. -— Texas cornerback commitment D.J. Monroe talks about his play, what Longhorns fans should expect from him Saturday and future teammates Justin Tucker and Dan Buckner during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas from U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

IT: How do you feel you've played this week?

D.J. Monroe: I had some gnats coming in. Probably because I hadn't worked out. It's been a month since I worked out, but I came through. I've been having great practices so far.

IT: Have this week's practices revealed any particular areas in which you need to improve?

Monroe: Maybe backpedaling. I'll probably have it by the end of the week. That's about it.

IT: What can Texas fans expect out of you in Saturday's game?

Monroe: I'm going to come out and show them what I got. Either way it goes, I'm going to come out on top. That's how I feel. You're not going to get the better of me. You might score a touchdown. You might get a big play. It's not going to stop me from playing my hardest.

IT: What are your expectations for next season?

Monroe: I don't think I'll get redshirted. If I do, I won't be upset or anything. Actually, I plan on going to play.

IT: What did you think of Texas beating Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl?

Monroe: It was awesome. I was expecting them to win. I just wanted to see what my boy Colt was going to do. He came up and had a pretty good game.

IT: Of the other Texas commitments here, which player has impressed you the most this week?

Monroe: I've got to give it to Justin Tucker. He's awesome. I've never, never ever seen a kicker that small pretty much. I wouldn't lie. He's sweet. Seventy-yard field goals? You've got to be serious. He's got heart. He's got the heart of a lion actually. I understand him a whole lot. We have little things in common.

IT: You and Dan Buckner have matched up against each other frequently this week. What are your thoughts on him?

Monroe: He's hilarious. You wouldn't think that Dan would take anything serious, but when it comes to football, he keeps it real legit.

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