Stellmacher Q&A

After two days of practice without pads, senior big-hitter is ready to play some real football.

Talk about the depth that the team has at safety and what you've seen from that group the first few days

We have very many people who have played back there and have a lot of experience in myself and Roderick [Rogers] and Shane [Carter] played back there and Johnny [White] has played the last two years. And even Zach [Hampton] has also played back there so we have a plethora of guys back there who can certainly play anytime they are needed. It's a nice luxury to have.

What are you looking to work on most throughout camp?

I could take the easy way and say everything, but probably tackling. Every day you can always get better at tackling. You're going to miss one here or there but you have minimize the amount of missed tackles.

Talk about the cornerbacks you have in the back with you.

Jack [Ikegwuonu] and Allen [Langford] are both young, but talented players. Jack has the potential to be one of the best in the Big Ten this year. Allen is a quiet guy but plays with confidence. He certainly has the potential to be a very good player.

Does the depth at that position worry you at all?

Not really. Zach has played safety before and Ben Strickland has played special teams for two years now. So if they're in there because of an injury, I'm not going to worry about it. They'll play with confidence and hold the spot down.

Since you're eager to work on tackling, how eager are you to put the pads on in practice?

A little bit right now. Ask me that two weeks from now and I'll probably say I'd rather be practicing in shorts and jerseys, but it'll be nice to hit some guys and play some real football compared to these first two days of practices where it's basically two-hand touch.

At the same time, you and Roderick Rogers have had a couple of interceptions over the first couple days. Can you get excited about that even though you're not in pads?

We're not in pads so it's kind of ‘false football' if you want to call it that. But it's always nice to get interceptions in practice and see it on film. It'll really count when the season rolls around and hopefully I'll be able to get a couple then.

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