How does camp feel this year compared to last year when you were a rookie – Talking to guys like
How are you approaching this camp and the season – I’m just trying to get better every day. That’s all you can focus on. You can only control what you control. When my mind starts thinking about other things, you have to stay with what your focus is each day, and that’s to improve as a player.
How much of a Colts fan were you growing up – I was a huge Colts fan, as much as a young or teenaged boy could. I loved the Colts and Pacers as long as I can remember.
What Colts game do you recall as the first one you watched – I remember watching the AFC Championship game in 1995 with Jim Harbaugh and the Hail Mary at the end. I don’t remember the specifics, but I remember going to my aunt’s house and it was a big deal. From then on, I’ve always followed them. You had to love the Colts and Pacers. There’s something about staying loyal to your hometown teams.
Did you ever go to a Colts training camp as a kid – I never did. This is my first one.
Do you feel any pressure playing for your hometown team – No, I don’t. I don’t feel any different. It has its pros and cons. I have a big family that follows the team, but they don’t bug me with horror stories like you hear. It’s just fun. I try not to think about it too much, but sometimes you think, ‘This is cool.’
What chance offensively do you think you’ll have this year – That’s one of those things where you’re thinking outside the box. I really just focus on what I have to do every day. It’s a tight end-driven offense, and we have two good ones in Coby (Fleener) and Dwayne (Allen). I’m trying to pick their brains as much as I can.
What is your mindset on special teams – You just focus on what you have to do. You try to live in your own box about, ‘What my job is.’ That’s what will make the whole team go. My goal is that my man is not going to make the tackle. You have a role and job. If you do it, you know your buddy next to you is going to do his. That’s what makes special teams go. That’s what you have to do when you’re a backup and there are only 53 roster spots.
How is this different from Tennessee’s camp where you were last year – The main difference is we didn’t go anywhere at Tennessee. I was living in a hotel I was already in, so coming to dorms is different. There’s something about this that makes it feel more like training camp. When you’re in dorms and eating in a college cafeteria, that’s how I know camps from college. It’s a lot of fun being here. The bonding is different. It’s how you come together as a group. That’s why Coach Pagano has us come up here – to build a team and camaraderie.
Were you pranked last year – I just had to sing. I think I had to sing here, too. It’s always fun to watch guys. I think I sang, ‘Lean On Me.’ I tried to go with something people could catch onto real fast so I didn’t have to sing very long. I probably didn’t have the rhythm, but the guys helped you out. They chime in quickly if they like the song.
Who was the NFL player you wanted to meet the most before you made the league and why – I wanted to meet all the Colts. That’s who I looked up to. Being here with Reggie, Robert and Adam, guys from the 2006 team, it’s cool to see how they carry themselves. I looked up to them when I was younger. I still look up to them. It’s something I strive to emulate.
Where did you watch Super Bowl XLI – I remember watching it at my friend’s (David Page) house. Obviously, we won and I remember going downtown and seeing all the people celebrating around Monument Circle. It was great for the city and a lot of fun. I don’t think I went (to the victory parade). I had school, or something. It was my junior year in high school, and I remember watching video of the team going into the RCA Dome. I remember Bob Lamey getting up and leading the rally.
Do you remember Bob Lamey radio calls growing up – Oh, yeah (smiles broadly), I loved them. My mom always and probably still does want to turn on Bob Lamey instead of listening to the TV broadcast. I think his emotion is what got our family listening to the games. It’s a lot of fun.
The perfect meal is – There’s something about a steak. Steak and baked potatoes is all I really need. That’s perfect for me.
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, who did you hear it from and why does it mean something to you – Not really a quote, but I try to live by two things every day – my attitude and my effort. It’s something you can control. If I control my attitude and have a positive one each day and play as hard as I can, that’s all I can give. You can sleep well at night when you’ve done that.