Q & A with TE Matt Kranchick

<b> GVB:</b> Matt...Steeler training camp. You know, it's sort of a late bloomer with the Nittany Lions. What took you so long to get on the field up there?

Kranchick: Ah, switch of positions. I started out as a wide receiver recruited by Kenny Jackson. And he came to Pittsburgh and, you know I kind of got lost in the wash. But luckily I had some coaches there who believed in me, stuck with me, and kind of switched me over to positions, even though I didn't really want to do it until my senior year. But it worked out for the best.

GVB: Turned out well. You know they that say Penn State guys are pretty well prepared for the pros. Do you think you had a good preparation?

Kranchick: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. Joe Paterno preaches that a lot at Penn State: to get you ready for the next level. And he got me ready probably more than anybody else. This is like just kind of going back to Penn State almost, because we've been doing the same stuff for the last couple years, so I'm used to it.

GVB: A numbers game, of course, just like it is with any training camp. But you're right in the mix there, you think?

Kranchick: Yeah, I think so. I think that I'm unique in some of the things I can do as far as a receiving tight end, and I hope that the coaches recognize that. But I'm trying to get better at blocking and become a complete player. But I think the coaches realize I've only been playing this position for maybe one year. And I'm learning and I'm just getting better every day. I mean, you just got to take care of yourself and do the best you can, you know? Hope it works out.

GVB: What about weight? Is there a chance to put more weight on or would you rather have the speed?

Kranchick: I've had people say things to me about my weight. I actually bulked up a little bit. I was close to 270 when I checked in here and I just couldn't run like I used to. The coaches told me that whatever speed you run, or, whatever weight you run a 4.5 at: stay at that. And I run a 4.5-somewhere around there-and I'm not going to sacrifice that for a couple pounds. So that's where I'm going to be at.

GVB: Is the biggest adjustment the blocking schemes?

Kranchick: Yeah. Yeah it is. And you know, I'm learning how to do some of the things against some of the best linebackers to ever play the game. I mean, it's kind of tough to learn how to do some the blockings that I need to learn how to do when I've got to go up against Joey Porter and stuff. But I'm doing my best I can at it and I'm trying to get better at it. Just take it one day at time and work at it.

GVB: I know you're probably hoping for an opportunity in some of the early exhibition games. That would be a chance to prove yourself a little bit.

Kranchick: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. I want to get out there in some receiving things and make some plays out there-make some things happen like I did in college. I mean, people knew once I stepped on that field that I was going to make something happen. I might've only got 15 plays, but I was scoring touchdowns on the ones I was in there. So hopefully I'll get a chance to do that in the pros.

GVB: Matt, I appreciate it. Best of luck.

Kranchick: Ok, thank you very much. I appreciate it.

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