Eddie Vanderdoes – Defensive Lineman – Junior – UCLA
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about your first day of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Eddie Vanderdoes: It was a great experience. I thank the Browns’ coaching staff for helping me out. Our DL coach Clyde Simmons is a great guy. I appreciate how things are set up. We were doing one on one’s and team work. Working out and going against the best. I am taking it all in right now.
Alex Khvatov: What did you learn from the coaches today?
Eddie Vanderdoes: Little things like hand placement. I learned the chop club or chopped scissors. Our DL coach made sure that our shoulders are turned. Coach Simmons is big on that. He believes that if our shoulders are turned, then our hips will turn.
Alex Khvatov: What do you want to show NFL teams this week?
Eddie Vanderdoes: I am in shape. Number one is that I am healthy. I am a lot more athletic than I showed in games on tape this year. I am down 20 pounds now. I am getting back to that explosion that I had. I am a very good football player.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Eddie Vanderdoes: I am powerful. I am very quick off the ball. I use my hands very well.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Eddie Vanderdoes: Staying in shape. Make sure that I stay healthy. I take care of my body as far as rehab. I need to take care of my diet.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Eddie Vanderdoes: Beating USC my freshman year. It was my first ever rivalry game like that. It was a great experience leading up to that game. All of the rallies that we had during the week. Beating them at the Coliseum was great.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you transfer from Notre Dame to UCLA?
Eddie Vanderdoes: The whole Notre Dame thing that went down. It ended up not working out with both parties. The agreement wasn’t upheld on Notre Dame’s side. I ended up choosing UCLA.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your overall career at UCLA.
Eddie Vanderdoes: I love UCLA and my family there. Coach Angus is great. He was a great mentor for me. He has been a great family friend. He has family that lives in my hometown. I love seeing him outside of football.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest OL that you faced during your career?
Eddie Vanderdoes: LT from Oregon (Fisher). He was very good. Asiata from Utah is also very good. Garett Bolles was also a great tackle.