Fall Camp Day One: Mathis talks transition

Washington Outside Linebacker Joe Mathis spoke Monday afternoon to the press after the Huskies' first day of fall camp, held Monday at the east field next to Husky Stadium.

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On the transition to OLB - “I feel comfortable. Wanted to gain some weight to see how I run with it. It’s doing good. I’m at 264 pounds right now but in camp I always lose weight. I got bigger because I know I’m going to lose weight and I didn’t want to get down to 238-240. But everything else is good in the position, in the film room, coach K and everything, just trying to get better at it and even at different positions too.”

On sliding in for Travis this fall - “Travis is a good player. I’m just trying to do what he did last year and probably do it even better.”

Focus of the summer - “I really finished spring strong pass-rush wise. They just said stay healthy and flexible and that’s about it. I told them I gained some weight and get bigger because I know I’m going to lose it. They were, ‘alright’. I was conditioning with the skill players this summer. I feel good.”

Biggest challenge moving back - “It’s been easier, actually. One of my biggest challenges is learning the position to help others out, know what the secondary is doing so I can play fast. When you know what other people are doing, you’re playing way faster. That’s one thing I want to focus on and watch film more on our opponents so I can play better.” 

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