“After a couple of practices, I’m still getting used to the speed and the tempo, but that’s all going to come with more repetition and more practices.
“I’m getting more comfortable with my playbook. I’ve been studying every night and I’ve been studying a lot more than when I was in college, as I’m understanding what it’s like to be a professional at this level. I’m definitely getting into the books at night, looking over the script a day ahead, and that’s allowing me to play a little bit faster.
“Going along with the speed (of practice), the defense is definitely faster, more athletic, bigger, stronger – all that – than in college. This is the top level of football, so I think I’m adjusting and getting a feel for everything, but those guys are fast and those holes open and close. I’m learning how to pace and accelerate when I see those holes and run real hard through them, keeping my legs moving.
“There’s really not too much of a difference from this system and Illinois’. We had a pro style offense, a lot of two backs and things like that, most of the stuff that we run here. Our offensive coordinator at Illinois told me that he was pretty good friends with Scott Linehan, so a lot of the things we do here are similar.
“I feel like I get a long with everybody in the locker room, especially the offensive guys, getting to know them and joking around with them. I look for their help if I need anything or have any questions; everybody here is supportive.
“I’ve been getting pretty good rest and eating right, so I haven’t been feeling too exhausted at the end of the day, other than your typical soreness and things like that. So far, I’m doing fine.”
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