Cameron Griffin talked to the media Thursday.
On the position change:
I moved to fullback from linebacker, and under Coach KP, we’re going smash mouth, so I’ll be the hammer instead of the nail.
On how the move came to be:
They asked me last year. I thought about it and I thought I’d fit better at fullback. I grew up watching USC under Coach KP and seeing guys like Stanley Havili.
On how rugby has helped:
It’s all power, run them over, go straight.
On if he’s caught the ball before:
I was an athlete in high school, so I was a running back, quarterback, tight end, receiver, in high school.
On playing rugby:
I was around 11, 12, in sixth grade, and then I played through high school. My career stopped, but the rugby team here wants me to play.
On if he’ll play rugby again:
It depends on how football goes. I’ll always have a love for the game.
On if offense is more fun:
It’s more fun, especially, those were my linebacker corps from last year, so now I run them over.
On if there is more incentive:
It’s seeing who’s stronger and more physical.
On if this is where his future is:
I like being versatile and helping the team.
On more running opportunities:
Throughout spring, I’ve gotten a couple carries and touchdowns. I’ve gotten the ball a fair amount. I’m not a typical smash, go up the middle every play.
On if he has to do more work in route running:
Not really, on defense, we studied those keys. I know how to drop my hip, get my head around, from watching film.
On why fullback is a better fit:
Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two, a linebacker tackles, but a fullback hits anything in the way.
On the tailbacks being grateful for him:
I tell them, stay on my hip, I’ll take them through.
On how a fullback helps:
Im not really sure how the running backs feel about it, but from playing defense, a fullback is another guy in the way so it creates another gap.
On giving the pain:
As a fullback, you have to be a hammer or the nail in this game, if you’re a nail, it hurts, if you’re a hammer, it doesn’t.