VIDEO: Moala on Camp

Poasi Moala discusses where he is in his overall development, how much the concussion set him back, and why he's playing right tackle so far...

Poasi Moala talks about his development:


On being back out after a minor concussion:
It feels great. They had me out for a good week or so. It feels good to be back. I'm starting to learn a couple new things. I'm starting to get back into it and get used to the speed. It was a concussion, this was actually my first one. It was a little scary. It was just sitting in my room, doing nothing, no TV, no music, no nothing. Just sit there and ponder. It was hard just sitting in my room, knowing that my team is out here working hard, and I'm sitting in there. It wasn't me and I didn't feel right. They didn't really stress (sunglasses) that much, they just said if it helps. Now I'm fully back.

On his role now:
I'm at right tackle. Since I was a freshman, I've always been playing right tackle. When I got here, Coach Klemm initially wanted me to play left tackle. But he noticed it was kind of hard for me, but for now, I could stick with right tackle, but eventually I would have to move to the left. Its wherever a team needs me, I'll be happy to play. It's going to take some time, but I think I can do it. Not really (nerves), it will just take some time to get used to. But wherever they want me, I'll play.

On his size:
I'm about 6-5, 265 right now. I just bounce between 260-265. I need to put on good weight during the season. Pretty much, my weight is the biggest issue I have right now. Eating more, choosing the right stuff, pasta, and just eating right basically.

On noticing any differences physically since June:
I've shaped up a little bit and got a little bigger. They have a great program here and everyone is getting their swoll in and stuff. It's great, I'm loving it.

On being in a college weight program:
It's great. I love it. I've never been around a program like this before. Going from high school to here, it's a big change and a big difference from high school and takes some getting used to.

On his role this year:
I can't really tell, I don't even really know where I stand right now, as a redshirt. It's up to the coaches right now. Every day, I work hard and try to learn some new things. Wherever they put me at, I'll be happy to play wherever. They want me at least 270, that's what they told me before camp. I'm not sure where they want me before the season, or game one. I think I can get to (290) there, but it will take some time. I think I could though.

On his strengths:
Probably good feet, I guess. I really don't know. We're all the same, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and i have to work on some stuff.

On what Coach Klemm wants him working on:
Technique. That's the biggest thing, the technique, just body producing. Staying vertical. Back in high school, I was too used to just setting out in the flat and just getting in the flat and beating d-ends. Here its a whole different game and you have way faster d-ends, so kicking vertical is what he said I need to work on the most. I'm starting to work on it. It's a little hard coming back from the concussion, but I'm working on it.


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