A. "It feels great. I was just thinking to myself in the locker room as long as Coach (Nick) Saban's here, Coach (Kirby) Smart's here and all the support I have around me I think sky's the limit for me. They're throwing a lot at me, they're pushing me hard and I'm just trying to pick up as much as possible, going out there flying around. One thing you can't teach, you can't coach is effort. You want to give good effort each and every play, fly around to the ball. Coach Saban, Coach Smart are doing an excellent job on me."
Q. Do you feel any extra pressure being the No. 1 pick?
A. "I'm not, me personally. I'm just going out doing something I've been doing my whole life, going out there playing football. Regardless if I was the NO. 1 pick or the last pick of the draft I was going to come out and have the same mentality."
Q. There must a lot of information being thrown at you?
A. "There's a lot of information. I got (safety) Jack Hunt helping me out there a lot and Coach Smart and Coach Saban as well. I'm getting a lot of help; it's just making me a better football player."
Q. Did you gain a new perspective while you were sidelined with a hip injury at the end of your senior season at Tennessee?
A. "I think I did. I learned. That's one reason I wanted to come back for my senior year, for the experience. I had to be a teacher in a way and at the same time learn a lot of things being on the sideline."
Q. How difficult is it to adjust to the heat of South Florida?
A. "It's Miami's heat. It's going to continue to get hotter and hotter, so you've just got to deal with it. You've got to be mentally tough, throw the heat out of the way and get the job done."
Q. You're somewhat of a drafnik, so can you give us the scouting report on former Tennessee teammate and Dolphins rookie free agent signee Gerald Riggs Jr.?
A. "Gerald he's a big back, he's not a scatback so to speak. He's a guy who runs north and south; he can run you over. Every now and then he can give you moves. Me playing against him (in practice), I really got a good scouting report on him. He's a good running back, he's just got to continue doing a good job."
Q. Is your hip 100 percent?
A. "My hip feels great. I'm ready to practice again. The hip is not an issue. What else do I have to prove? The hip is excellent. I'm just blessed. I'm happy to be out here playing football again."
Q. Do you think you're better at cornerback or safety?
A. "Either or. Wherever Coach Saban and the coaching staff feels I can help the team out more, whether it be corner, safety, whatever, I just want to be on the field playing."
Q. Was there a safety you admired?
A. "I've had comparisons with Rod Woodson, who played corner and safety. I was a track guy in high school, ran a little hurdles and he ran hurdles as well. So [with my] background to other people and coaches I've been having a lot of comparisons to Rod Woodson."