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AL: Obviously I'm not living.
DP: What advice would you have for USC quarterback Matt Barkley about going into the season a Heisman favorite?
AL: Realize it gets harder. It doesn't get easier. There's a misconception that if you come back for a year, the game's that much easier. Don't expect people to just lie down for you.
DP: What's the question you've gotten the most since you were drafted?
AL: In my situation you're going to get questions about Peyton [Manning] and the great impact he had on this franchise. It's to be expected.
DP: Do you get nervous before games?
AL: I definitely get nervous. It's a good thing. I wouldn't say I'm bugged out by any means. But to have a couple butterflies has always been normal.
DP: Is the speed of the NFL a lot different from the college game?
AL: Definitely a big jump. Especially the linebackers. In college, you get a tight end on the linebacker—at least at Stanford—that was a good matchup. Now, those linebackers can run, they can cover, they can do a lot of things.
DP: Explain what happened when you were scrambling and slid into the end zone against the Steelers.