Describe your first practice at the Senior Bowl.
I think that I did a pretty good job. It was a
little rough today. Everyone was feeling themselves
out. We were learning. But we had our first
practice in an NFL type of atmosphere. I think that
I played with a pretty good motor today. I am
looking forward to having a much better day tomorrow
and show coaches what I can do against top talent in
What are your strengths?
I think that it is my motor. I have quickness and
athleticism. I play well in space. I also have an
attitude. I never quit.
What areas of your game are you trying to improve
upon this week?
I want to show teams that I can play more solid
against the run. I want to show them that I can be
physical. I am one of the smaller defensive ends
here, but I want to show them that I am tough
enough. I can take on the double teams.
Do you see yourself playing DE or OLB at the next
I think that I can do either one of them. I have
done a lot of LB work during my career at Illinois.
I am here to show that. But I really want to prove
that I can play DE in a 4-3 defense.
You had a down senior season, what was the reason
Coaches did different things with me this year. We
had a new scheme. I was doing a lot of things that
I wasn’t used to doing. I definitely could have
done better this year. But I am just trying to
prove that I am still the same guy who had a
successful junior season.
Tell me about your career at Illinois.
I would say that Illinois fans are happy with what I
did. I put together four good years. I came in and
played as a freshman. I think that I progressed
every year. I didn’t have the numbers that I should
have had my senior year, but I think that I
progressed. I played hard for Illini.
Who is the toughest OL that you faced in practice
during your first day at the Senior Bowl?
I played predominantly the right side today. I only
saw the tackle from Central Michigan (Eric Fisher)
and the tackle from Syracuse (Justin Pugh). The
tackle from Central Michigan is very solid.
What are your hobbies?
I like to play video games and watch movies. I like
to hang out with the guys. I just do all of the
normal stuff. I like to rest. If I am not on the
football field, I watch NFL games. I am also a huge
Describe your teammate OG Hugh Thornton.
He is a nasty man right there. He is one of the
toughest guys that I have ever played with or
against. He is a great player. He has a great
passion for the game.
Finish the sentence, Michael Buchanan is….
I think that I am a hard worker. I put in the time
outside of the field. It has helped me get to this
point now. I am a pretty chilled guy off the
field. I am not a huge talker.