On being a
finalist for the Butkus Award this year, as a sophomore
It's a complete
honor. My dad is all excited. But all the success I've had is thanks to our
D-line and our coaching. I wish they could share in any awards.
On seeing his
first extended NCAA action in the Michigan game last year
It was an
adrenaline rush and a little scary. My teammates kept telling me to relax, that
I would do fine. I kept thinking, Do your job and don't screw up!
On what the
business major does when he's not playing football
homework and homework. I watch a lot of football, though. It could be a
Thursday-night game between some MAC schools or a high school game here in
Ohio. I'm always watching.
On sports as a
kid in Minnesota
I played hockey.
I was a right defenseman. Minnesota is the state of hockey, and if you played
it you were cool. But I always had a passion for football, I loved that it was
a team game where everyone pitched in.
On his dad's best
Have a short
memory on the field. No matter what happens don't dwell on the last play.