Hgt: 5’ 8⅞”
Wgt: 186 lbs.
On what it means to him to be part of the Senior Bowl.
It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me, especially coming from a smaller school, just to get the exposure and to play guys at top competition.
On what it was like for him to have some big games this year against some teams that are considered major college programs – to include #5 Georgia, #21 South Florida and BYU, and whether he thinks he still has a chip on his shoulder to prove that he can play against a higher level of competition.
It was an awesome experience just going up against teams like that it’s a whole different feel. The game is played faster. I think I get more excited, more pumped up to play in games like that. … I think I still have a chip on my shoulder because being from a small school we still get beat – it’s not like we were winning a lot. I think that was one of my biggest regrets at UMass, that I couldn’t get the team to come together and win. But I love the feel of playing in a big game.
On whether he will have that same kind of big game feel this week at the Senior Bowl given that he will be going against some top-notch competition.
Actually yeah, we got to go on the field yesterday and I was ready to go right there and play right away.
On what kind of advice he has gotten from the coaching staff or any scouts here at the Senior Bowl.
Just keep being myself, being confident in what I do.
On how this whole process has been for him, going back to the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta and what it has been like going through all the steps to get here.
It’s been a lot for sure. It was tough finishing my degree up. Once I got a degree done then it started getting real, that this would be my life’s focus for the next 8 to 10 years, maybe even more.
On whether there have been any surprises for him here at the Senior Bowl.
No, Coach Whipple (his college coach, Mark Whipple) did a great job teaching you everything he knew. He coached in the NFL for a long time. The plays he had were very similar to what Coach Gruden (his Senior Bowl coach) has. Similar formations maybe just different letters. Same formations, same style of play and stuff like that.
On who was the toughest player he went against in his career one-on-one.
Probably Deandre Baker (Georgia cornerback). Great player and a really good kid. I got to meet him again down in Atlanta. He was just confident in what he did. He knew what he was doing.
On what an NFL team is going to get from him.
They’re going to get a kid that comes in everyday and works as hard as he can. Not going to look back. I know I’m going to make a couple of mistakes but the next day I’m going to come back even harder.
On whether there are any current NFL receivers that he likes to watch and perhaps pattern his game after.
Definitely Tyreek Hill – love watching him. Great player. I like watching Edelman.
On when a career in the NFL started to become a reality for him.
To be honest with you, I’d go back to my sophomore year, my first start versus the Florida Gators. I had a 53-yard catch at the end of the first quarter. And after the game I ended up having three catches for like 93 yards. I only played like 15 snaps because I was only playing out of the slot. After the game a lot of guys came up to me and were congratulating me.
On what was the toughest thing he overcame in his career.
I pulled my hamstring – I actually ran track one time in college. My first race I pulled my hamstring. It was after my freshman season where I didn’t really get much playing time, I was more of a special teams guy. I was really down. I fought through it all spring. Had tough time – had to work my butt off all summer to even get a look in fall camp. Not lucky, but I guess one of the guys got hurt and I stepped in and made some plays against Florida and after that in our second game against BC and then started the rest of the year.
On whether he has any predictions about his 40-yard dash time at the Combine.
I’m hoping to break 4.3 to be honest. I’ll be upset with over 4.4.