Senior Bowl: Michael Sam

MOBILE, Ala. - Missouri linebacker Michael Sam discusses his Senior Bowl experience, his time as a Tiger, and more...

Missouri linebacker Michael Sam is the sole Tiger playing in Saturday's Senior Bowl, and the 6-foot-2, 255-pound athlete is taking full advantage of the opportunity to prove to NFL scouts that he has what it takes to make it at the next level.

"I've talked with a lot of teams; whoever saw me pretty much talked up to me. I want them to know that I can play down and I can play up; I'm just an athlete," he said.

Sam has taken a new approach to the linebacker position this week, but is enjoying the challenge.

"It's a new experience, out here at the Senior Bowl is the first time in my whole football career that I stood up. It's very new, but I'm an athlete, so I think I'll adjust," he said.

This week, Sam is working with the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff and says he's absorbing whatever information he learns.

"I got a lot of great coaching from my position coach. I got the jitters out on the first day and by getting better every day since, I'll be prepared for the Senior Bowl on Saturday," he said.

After Saturday's game, Sam says he plans on focusing on one thing before the NFL Combine in April.

"Technique. I'm just going to keep practicing my technique," he said.

Sam also reflected upon his career at Mizzou, specifically being named only the second unanimous All-American in school history.

"It's a great honor. I owe it all to my teammates, especially my defensive line. They are a special group. Anyone can be out there and make plays and when you're out there, you've got to make plays. I owe it all to them," he said.

With the hard work he's put in to get to this point in career, what would it mean to Sam to hear his name called on Draft Day?

"It would be a blessing. God has blessed me so much in my life, and this would just be another one," he said.

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