VIDEO: Wallace on Return

AUG. 21 -- Linebacker Aaron Wallace wasn't with the team in spring, but spent the offseason working out and adding almost 15 pounds...

Aaron Wallace:

On being back:
It feels great. Being home, all I wanted to do was come back. I was working out hard and looking forward to the season.

On if he ever felt he wouldn't come back:
Towards the beginning, I didn't know how the eligibility would play out. The staff here did a great job making sure I'd be able to come back.

On if he had to play catch up:
I worked out really hard when I was home, even when I didn't know if I would come back, I wanted to be prepared. Missing the spring ball reps, I wanted to come in to camp and do the best I can.

On his size:
When I was at home, I gained about 10-15 pounds, so I'm up from that. Right now, I'm about 243.

On if he would have worked out as hard without the issues:
Yeah. During the winter, I was working out a lot, doing the football workouts and the student gym. When I was at home, worked out in the mornings, worked all day and then went back to the gym and worked out at night.

On how he improved his game:
I had to prepare mentally harder than I ever have. Not getting the reps in the spring, I had to do everything I could.

On the new defense:
It really hasn't changed much, just a couple of concepts. A couple new techniques, pinning the hip. Every day, just trying to identify the things I need to work on.

On if it will help them against the zone read:
I think so. I think we're a lot more gap sound than we were.

On replacing Anthony Barr:
We're just adding to the arsenal. We have more power rushes. Working long arm with the power rush.

On the rotation at the OLB spot:
Right now, I've been running with the 1's, but nothing is really solid. I'm just coming out here every day. I'll rotate with the nickel.

On if it's east to not be complacent:
Of course. I just learn to come out here and treasure every moment, because what's taken away is not a good feeling.

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