Q: Many rookies feel the difference in the length of an NFL season by the time November rolls around. Did you notice any difference in how it was impacting you physically or mentally?
Dylan Gandy: Definitely, I feel like I kind of hit that wall and probably by week 10 or 11. I just got really tired, kind of out of nowhere it seemed like…just worn out. But it wasn't as bad for me as it was for some people I'm sure, and some people probably didn't feel anything at all. I would say everyone is different, but I definitely felt some of the effects of it.
Q: How did you work through that?
DG: I just made myself start going to bed even earlier and really honed in on the things I knew I could control?what I put into my body and how much sleep I got and just pushed through it.
Q: The first loss had to bring some mixed emotions for you because it ended the streak but as a result of it you got your first two career starts.
DG: I'm really grateful for getting that playing time and it was great. Ryan Diem went down in the first or second series against San Diego. I would've loved to win that one and the next two also.
Q: Lets talk about those last two weeks when you knew you were going to be starting. Was that a more intense time period for you? Did you feel yourself ratcheting it up a little bit?
DG: You want to prepare every week like you're going to play, but the reality is you are human and sometimes you're not able to do that. When you know you're going in you've got no choice, you've got to be prepared. Maybe my mental approach was a little bit different, but I'd like to think that every week I was mentally getting ready for the game.
Q: Are you going to be playing at about the same weight as you did last year? Have you made any changes to your conditioning at all?
DG: Probably the same weight. I've been working on losing some body fat, but as far as overall weight I want that to be about the same.
Q: So far during offseason workouts are there any surprises about where you are lining up for reps?
DG: No I wouldn't say that, it's still looking the same. I've been playing both guard spots and got to play a little center with the second team, just anywhere I can help the team I'll play there.
Q: Did you get to do any center work last year?
DG: Yes, I did quite a bit for the scout team.
Q: How do you like center?
DG: It's fun; it's a fun position. You can make all the calls and kind of orchestrate things. At the same time, and this sounds very cliché, if I can be on the field I'm happy and I don't care what position it is.
Q: What went through your mind when you saw rookies showing up in May and you weren't one of those guys?
DG: Relief. It's a lot more fun the second time around.
Q: Did it remind you at all of your freshman year in college becoming a sophomore?
DG: For sure, there are a lot of similarities there. When you're a rookie you don't know what's going on and you're heads spinning and you've just got so much to deal with at once. I feel like it really enabled me to see more progress during summer school because I didn't have to focus on what I was doing, I could focus more on how to do it.
Q: Any specific goals for this season Dylan?
DG: The Super Bowl is the first goal on everybody's mind. I want to be as good as I can and put myself in the best position I can to help out this football team.
Q: Last week you were signing autographs in Kokomo for the Colts' ‘Make it Personal' campaign. Is that fun for you or is that work?
DG: It's pretty fun. The opportunity to go out and meet these people that support you all year round, that's a good time, that's fun…so I do enjoy that. I got to meet a lot of great people.
Q: You and Cody Campbell came to the Colts together last year out of Texas Tech. How is he doing?
DG: Cody's doing good. The fact that he's healthy, that's good. He looked like he improved quite a bit during this summer camp and that's just great news, I really like that guy a lot. He's good to go.
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