You're so big that it can be hard to believe that you've really got that kind of speed. How fast are you in the 40?
TG: I'm planning on running a high 4.4 or a low 4.5 at the combine.
You're capable of running a 4.4 40?
TG: I believe so. That's what my time was coming out of high school, and I'm the exact same size [I was then]. So I believe I'll be able to post really good numbers come February.
You threw a touchdown pass on a halfback option against Notre Dame. It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. How would you rate your passing ability?
TG: Poor. I can throw a baseball, but I cannot throw a football. As ugly as that was, it was the prettiest one I've thrown all year.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams told me he likes it when opposing fans go crazy. Asked if he ever gets a kick out of ribbing from rivals, he told the story of last year's game against Michigan State, which was right after the Tar Heels played in Hawaii. When MSU students chanted, "Roy's been tan-ning," Williams went to the end of the bench and said to them, "Guys, it's the Maui Invitational."
Quarterbacks Tom Brady of the Patriots and Chad Henne of the Dolphins are Michigan alums, but their status as AFC East rivals trumps that. Henne told me he hasn't spoken to Brady in either of his two NFL seasons: "He usually runs off the field so fast that I don't get to talk to him."