Rookie Diary

‘I'm very, very, very confident that I can play the position.'

Training camp has been pretty hard. This is a totally new experience for me. It's pretty hard coming in as a rookie; not to mention making that transition from corner to safety. Having to learn all the calls; it's a total switch because instead of having all the calls given to me at corner, I now have to make all the calls. It's been pretty hard but I'm managing to get through it. Coach (Dave) Merritt has been helping me get through it. He's been very patient with me, trying to push me to perform to the best of my abilities.

When I showed up here in Albany and they told me I was moving from corner to safety I looked at it as a big move, but I was ready to deal with it. This is a business; you never know what position you might have to play. So I looked at it like it wasn't a bad move. I was ready to rock and roll with it. Whatever I can do for this team, I'm totally willing to do. I'm just happy to be here and I'm willing to give them my all. It doesn't matter if it's at corner or safety.

I was proud of myself when I was able to make some big plays early in camp. It was good for me but it also showed them that I was capable of making plays. It boosted my self-confidence up, especially after making that transition from corner to safety. I'm very, very, very confident that I can play the position. I just have to stay in the books and learn the plays as I go. All the coaches are behind me. Coach (Tom) Coughlin, Coach Merritt, everyone's pushing me to be the best that I can be. They want me to learn the plays but they're also being patient as well.

My teammates in the secondary have been great to me as well. All those guys – I could name them all – they're all behind me and willing to help me at any given time. They told me to stop by their rooms if I have any questions, even if it's late at night. Even when they're sleeping they said to stop by if I have a question. They're really close to all of us rookies and me, especially, they're really trying to help me get through this because they know it's a big move for me. I've had a lot of questions about each and every coverage. I'm sure they get aggravated sometimes about me asking about all the different coverages. I ask the same questions over and over again every day and they help me out no problem. They tell me to keep trying to strive forward.

I've also been lucky so far that I haven't gotten any rookie pranks pulled on me. All the vets are so close to us rookies. I know it's coming, but I'm trying to stay in the clear as best I can. But I know something's coming sooner or later.

I'm very confident that I can make this team. I leave everything in God's hands. I'm a very humble guy. That's how my parents brought me up. I feel like whatever's going to happen is going to happen. I'm just going to give it my best, give it my all. I really think I'm going to be here. I really believe I'm going to be here. I feel like God has a plan for everyone. If it's meant to be it's meant to be. If it's not it's not. But I promise I'm going to give it 100 percent, 110 percent each and every day.

I've already beaten some long odds so I'd like to think this is just the next step for me. My college career started out at Nicholls State, a Division I-AA school. I played there for two years. I played as a true freshman. My second year I was heading into the season as a starting corner. But it ended up that I was involved with an academic fraud scandal there. Between 14 and 18 players were suspended. To this day, I still don't know exactly what happened. I have an idea but I never really wanted to get into it. It was so long ago and now I'm here. I ended up getting suspended from the NCAA for three years so I ended up having to go to the NAIA level; I didn't want to wait out the three years.

First I went to Bacone College in Oklahoma for a semester. Then I transferred out in the fall and went to Webber International in Florida, where I stayed and played for three-and-a-half years. Fortunately from there I ended up making it here.

I'm human so I'll always look back at what happened at Nicholls State to some degree and wonder ‘what if?' But I'm happy where I am now so I don't think about it nearly as much. But when I was at Webber it was tougher for me. I always used to ask myself, ‘what would have happened?' But like I said, God has a plan for everyone. So I felt like it was meant for me to go to Webber. I think I helped out that program a lot. Not only myself, but I think I helped the entire program. I'd like to think I installed some hope and some belief in some of the individuals there, some of the up-and-coming guys that they now know that they can make it to this level from that school.

That's so important to me. I'm very happy that I can motivate some of the other guys on the NAIA level. I know it's not all about me. That's one thing that my parents taught me when I was younger was that it's not all about you. So when I made it to the Giants camp, I was happy for myself but I was also happy to see other guys out there working hard and seeing and knowing that they can make it to. It seemed like I changed the whole mindset for guys on that level and I was so proud of that. I feel like me making it to this level was a big accomplishment

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