Q: Has Bill or anyone indicated to you that you're close to getting a shot?
CH: Not to my knowledge. All I can do is what they ask me to do.
It gets frustrating at times, but I can only do what I can do.
Q: You've been making plays on special teams all year long.
Shouldn't that open some eyes?
CH: I try to take it upon myself that every time I touch the field, I
want to make a play and take advantage of every opportunity I get
and showcase my talent and try to get that extra edge and show
I'm capable of being out there. But the opportunities haven't
come for me yet.
Q: People talk about this defense being difficult to learn,
especially for the safeties. Has that been the case. Do you know
CH: It's not easy to learn, but I was an academic guy, so I picked
up on it pretty fast. But still knowing everything, knowing where to
be, knowing where your help is going to be is only going to help
you. But you still have to go out and make plays. You see it all
around the league. Guys are in position to make plays, but they
don't do it. Understanding the defense and where your help is at
is an advantage for you, but you still have to go out and play well.
Q: Does it bother you that other guys are getting a shot to play
and you're not?
CH: I don't want to say that it bothers me, but everybody wants to
play. And everybody would at least like to get the opportunity to
play. If I got the opportunity to play and I couldn't do it, I
play, that would be one thing. I would understand a little more.
But just sitting b back and nobody ever knowing what you can do
Q: It's not like you played at Slippery Rock or somewhere like
that, you played at Florida State. If you can play there, you can
pretty much play anywhere.
CH: Definitely. I played against a lot of great players, even just in
practice at Florida State. I definitely think I'm capable of playing
this level. From high school ever since I started playing, I've been
very good at the position I'm playing. I don't see why it would be
any different here.
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