Insider Exclusive: Q&A with OG Charles Manu

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler continues his interview with rookie guard Charles Manu, this time for Insiders only. The lineman from Nevada talks about his younger brother's arrest, his transition from defense to offense and his development under the tutelage of Kris Dielman and Mike Goff. Find out what other revelations Manu shares in this Q&A.

Michael Kranzler: You started off as a defensive tackle but switched to offensive line once you got to Nevada. What led you to make that transition?

Charles Manu: When I got to Nevada, they asked me to switch over because they were short on offensive linemen and I would do anything to help out the team.

MK: Which is more difficult to play: offensive or defensive line?

CM: I would have to say the offensive line. I think you have to be smarter on the offensive line, knowing plays and all that. But on defensive line, you just line up where you're supposed to line up and just go.

MK: I heard you were a big Chargers fan growing up. What does it mean to you to sign with them as a free agent?

CM: It's a big deal. When I got the call I was excited. I've been a Chargers fan for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching Junior Seau and all them. It's been a good experience so far and it's basically a dream come true for me.

MK: Have any of the veterans started to take you under their wings?

CM: Yeah, a lot of the veterans have helped me out, giving me pointers on technique and all that. Mike Goff and Kris Dielman, they've been helping me out a lot. They've been helping me out on my technique.

MK: You have gotten some negative publicity because your younger brother got into an incident at a party this past Halloween and got arrested. What is the story behind that?

CM: He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, somewhere he shouldn't have been. He shouldn't have been there that night and there was nothing I could do to help him out. I still support him and all that, but it has just been rough.

MK: Is there anything that you want to say to all the Chargers fans out there or that you would want them to know about you?

CM: I'm going to be out there just busting my tail, just trying to help the team win a Super Bowl because I know how close they've come.

Click here for the rest of this interview, where Manu talks about bouncing between guard and tackle, learning from veterans and balancing fatherhood and football.


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