August 4, 2011

GBK: Inside the Huddle - Summer Training Camp

For captain and senior linebacker Steve Erzinger, he understands that the preliminaries of helmets, shorts and shoulder pads practices that make up the first few days are necessary segment of practice in order to get to the next level.

But he and and his teammates are just 30 days from their 2011 season opener against Norther Illinois, so Friday and Saturday the players will have an opportunity to put their hands in the dirt and get football busy.

"Practice was good," shares Erzinger moments from coming off the field for Thursday's practice. "We got the shoulder pads and helmets on, just like real football {chuckles}.

On Early Summer Practice Observation

The team is looking pretty good right now. It's just about establishing and getting the young guys incorporated back into the system. The sophomores were only in it for a year, so they may have lost some stuff over the summer, especially since we ran kind of a different thing during the spring.

But now we are kind of getting back to the basics and letting the freshmen understand what we do. That way tomorrow and Saturday we are putting on the full pads we can really get an evaluation of them and see who going be some players and who needs to develop a little bit.

On His Role in 2011

My role is kind of where the team needs me ... and I take that day by day. If you go week by week the team can either be up or down when it comes to the practice each day. So, sometimes people need a spark and sometimes they need someone to calm them down. On defense I have a huge role with that.






But 7-6 is still just one game above average and by many college football standards, and now our standards, that is unacceptable.




- Captain & LB, Steve Erzinger




On The 2011 Captains

"We just selected two new captains, Andy Rodriguez and Max Jenkins. Max will help out with the offense and so will Trent Steelman."

"The selection ... it's done by the players and we then had the entire team vote. These are players that we thought potentially be or establish themselves as leaders and it's great to have them."

"It's extra help for me {laughing} .... it's a big team and I can't do anything without the senior class and the upperclassmen helping in this whole thing to keep the arrow up."

Game Circled On The Schedule

"As far as a team, I don't know if we have one game we are looking forward to playing. Obviously our first four games are going to be huge challenge right off the bat and we play some really good teams ... and we play a really tough schedule. There are a lot of good challenges in there."

"But being from the South ... I always like the opportunity to go South, so I guess Vandy because my family will be there, but there are a lot great team and each one will be a unique challenge for us."

On Building Something Special

"Last year was great and an awesome step for us ... and the senior did a great job."

"But 7-6 is still just one game above average and by many college football standards, and now our standards, that is unacceptable. So we really keep that arrow going up and making sure that we are striving not to be an average team, but an above average team."

"So we want make a name for ourselves coming into these next few years."

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