Can you give us an overview of how you feel and what you’ve been able to do so far and what you hope to do?
I felt good at practice yesterday. I got back in it a little bit. Threw a couple balls, a couple passes. It’s just always good to get back in the flow of things and get back out there with my teammates.
How much of the decision of whether you’ll play or not is yours?
To be honest, I don’t know. I think I have a big percentage of that decision, but I think overall the coaches are going to have to watch the way I practice this week. Ultimately, they’ll probably decide if they feel like I’m ready, if I can help this football team win this week.
Where are the doctors in all of this, or are you cleared?
I guess I’m clear. Obviously, it really just has to go through the week without any excess soreness after throwing. That’s the big deal. I have to be able to make it through a week without taking any steps back. So as long as that happens, then the doctors are fine.
You want to play against Texas. That’s not a game anybody wants to miss. How important is it for you to be back out there this week to play against Texas?
I think that definitely is important. Obviously that’s something I’ve talked to (quarterbacks) coach (Josh) Heupel about. To get a game under my belt before Texas would definitely be beneficial to me and for our offense.
So there is no chance that you won’t come back? You definitely are going to play?
Um, I don’t know if I can give you a definite answer. But I do feel like right now, yes, I will be back at some point.
So you’ve been cleared, but you can’t commit to playing?
Uh, correct. Because it’s still a process of seeing how it reacts to a full game week of preparation, the amount of throws that it takes to prepare for a game.
Were you doing good early last week and then it kind of got sore as the week went along the more throwing you did?
Um, yeah. I guess you could say that. I mean, it did get sore as the week went along. I think the main thing was that at the end of the week, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the amount of preparation I had. I think our coaches would tell you the same thing. They just didn’t feel comfortable with the reps that I’d been able to take and the throws that I’d been able to make last week.
Everybody talks about you throwing, but how much concern is there about you taking a hit?
I really don’t think there’s much concern for me taking a hit. From everything that I’ve received from the doctors, it’s just like taking any other hit. I mean, it can’t do much more damage. The odds of me hurting it now are just like the odds of me hurting it before anything happened to it.
Sometimes you have to run and do something else and then throw. Do you have to find that out as well, do you have to experiment with if the arm can handle that?
Yeah, that’s part of the whole process, being able to make all the throws. All the throws don’t happen in the pocket. They happen outside the pocket, off balance, you know, where there’s more stress put on your arm.