I think it's defense. Defense has the harder decisions, because defense, you've got to dictate what the offense is trying to do to you. Offense, you already know what you're trying to do, where you're trying to get.
Yeah. Since Day 1, they already knew I was coming. I don't know how. When you're on the football team, you automatically have friends and people that accept you as who you are. And if you're tall, you get friends, too. If you're big, you get friends. You're more noticeable than other people.
What's the key to getting better as a lineman at this point in your career?
The key is not to get bigger, the key is to stay focused and work on your technique. Technique is the No. 1 thing that all linemen need to make it to the next level and to be successful at the next level. When you're tired — and every lineman gets tired — you've got to stay with your technique. If you stay with that, it makes everything easier for you instead of getting all sloppy.
Is there a player you model yourself on?
Not any particular player. I watch Jake Long of the Miami Dolphins. I watch his technique because he's one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL currently, and I just watch how he plays, watch his footwork and watch his tendencies. I watch Julius Peppers as well, what he does and the way he performs differently than other [defensive] ends. His technique is like perfect and when you have good technique, it just shows you don't have to be the biggest or the strongest. You can make it happen with technique.
What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Be humble. Being a humble person, you’re different. It’s hard to explain, but a humble person is a good person, in my opinion and that’s what I try to be every day. I don’t brag about what I’ve got or what school offered me or how many scholarship offers I got. I just stay humble and hopefully that will get you somewhere. The perfect example is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. He’s a very humble person and I just try to mimic what he does as a player. Never cocky. Always humble.
What’s the one food you could eat all day?
Papa John’s pizza. I could eat that all day. I eat it every Friday after the game, but not after last Friday. We lost, so it was kind of bad. My dad didn’t even attempt to buy it (laughs).