Rookie Reaction: Q&A with TE Kory Sperry

Rookie Kory Sperry combines the size and toughness of a tight end with the hands and athleticism of a wide receiver. Will that be enough for him to beat the odds and earn a spot on San Diego's final 53-man roster?'s Michael Kranzler searches for the answer by asking Sperry about his blocking, his learning curve and much more.

To read Part II -- where Sperry talks about taking his game from the hardwood to the gridiron, learning from veterans and returning to Qualcomm -- click here.

Michael Kranzler: How would you rate yourself as a blocker?

Kory Sperry: You know, in college I had a lot of people viewing it as a negative. It's just one of those things that you've got to work on. I've improved my blocking drastically and have been working outside of camp on footwork and everything, so I think I'm a pretty good blocker. It's just one of those things where you've got to work on it more than the regular stuff because it's not one of those things that comes naturally. It's one of those things that you've got to grit your teeth and do it.

TE Kory Sperry
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MK: Where do you have room for improvement?

KS: Definitely blocking. It's your whole game that you've got to improve more and more because [the NFL] is a different level than college. Blocking is just one of those things, because they move a lot quicker than in college and the guys are a lot bigger, so it's just one of those things you've got to stay on it.

MK: What do you like to do in your free time?

KS: I like going camping and being outdoors. I can't stand being inside. It's just boring. I run and lift, and then most of the time I'm outside doing something.

MK: Has there been anything about your rookie experience so far that you weren't expecting?

KS: Definitely the tempo and bringing out the playbook. It's all new, studying that playbook and getting to know it, that's the main thing you've got to do. In college, you have to study your playbook and school, and now it's just your playbook. That thing's a lot bigger than in college, so it's just one of those where you've just got to sit down and learn it.

MK: What appeals to you the most about coming to a team like the Chargers?

KS: Definitely just the coaching staff, how well they've done, and definitely the players. Just going through camp and going through OTAs during the summer, everybody on that team is really talented and really good, so it's a good team atmosphere to be in.

To see what CSU recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson said about Sperry, click here.

To see what former NFL scout Tom Marino said about Sperry, click here.

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