Mike Tolbert: Oh, it feels really good. Coming from a five-year-old program, there's not a lot of people who can say they've accomplished something like that. It feels really good to be able to put my school on the map and continue the legacy.
MK: You had a huge game against VMI this past year [244 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries], including a Big South Conference-record 86-yard touchdown run. What happened in that game that allowed you to break so many big runs?
MT: I don't know. The night before, we had a team meeting, just players only. Our season wasn't going the right way and I just told my teammates that if they put it on my shoulders, I would take care of it. I was just hyped up the whole game and things just went my way.
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MT: It tells me that I'm here for a reason. They really wanted me, so if I'm here for a reason I'm going to make that reason known and I'm going to do my best to stay here.
MK: Along that same line, what led you to sign with the Chargers, even though they had depth at the position?
MT: Talking it over with my family and my agent, it was really my best opportunity to make a ballclub. I had a number of other offers, but the Chargers was one of the best – if not the best – opportunities for me.
MK: How do you think you will be able to handle the transition from FCS football to the NFL?
MT: I think it won't be that hard of a transition as far as the game goes. Football is football, no matter what level you play at, if you ask me. If you're good enough to play at one level, then you're good enough to play at the next level. I'm doing a little bit of extra work to prepare for this level, and once that first preseason game is over with, then I'll have an idea of what I need to work on.
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?
MT: I'm here to help anyway that I can and I appreciate all the love.
Click here for the rest of this interview, where Tolbert talks about becoming a Chanticleer, playing linebacker and building relationships with his fellow rookies.
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