Following West Virginia's second football practice of the spring, Francis detailed one of the major challenges facing players moving up to the top level of Division I football -- adapting to the increased pace and speed of the game. That task, made even more difficult by the tempo at which West Virginia's offense is running plays this spring, is one that all defenders face in the first days and weeks of their college careers.
Francis, however, has jumped right into the mix, and showed that he's not a fish out of water with an interception in Friday's scrimmage. On the play, Francis made a good drop into coverage, read quarterback Brian Athey's eyes and picked the ball off cleanly. In a real game, he might have scored with the pick, as he immediately scooted down the sideline and had a path to the end zone before the play was whistled dead.
In this interview, the junior college transfer discusses the transition to West Virginia's defensive scheme, and provides some insight on playing against the new offense currently being installed.