Are you amazed you’re back on the field right now, considering what you went through last December?
"I’m pretty amazed. I have to give thanks to the doctors they put around this facility. Dr. (Brock) Schnebel and the trainers. There wouldn’t be a chance of me coming back without them. The rehab they put me through was amazing and the facilities they put me in with the rehab were amazing.”
How much pain were you in last year with the foot and the back?
"It was just different every week. It was something I had to fight through because I love football. Surgery was a must-have. But compared to last year and how I feel now, body-wise, I feel great. It’s just a point of getting used to getting back to football since I’ve been out of training from last December to July.”
Where would you say you are right now, put a percentage on it?
"I’m about 90-95 percent. Besides getting back to the groove of everything and getting used to how fast everything moves, I think I’ll be pretty good.”
Is it just a question of getting back into football shape? How far along are you there?
"I still work out in between practices. It would be wrong to just throw me in there right now, because after about 15-20 plays, I’m no good, well, I might be no good. As days and weeks go by, I’ll get back in shape and get my weight back down to my playing weight.”
How far away are you from getting into football shape, to a 100 percent?
"Maybe a month, or less. I’m just going to keep pushing it until they tell me to stop.”
People forget about the foot because of the back surgery. How does the foot feel now?
"The foot feels great now. It was healed when I came back. I tape it up from a doctor’s standpoint, just to make sure I don’t re-hurt it. But it feels back to normal.”
You seemed to have earned a lot of respect from teammates, because people initially thought you’d be out for the year with the foot, then people thought you might be out for a couple months, but you came back a lot sooner against Texas. How did you make it back so quickly?
"Again, doctors and trainers.