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29 April 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Fifth Round Draft Pick Conference Call (4/29/17)

(On if he knows another Boise State running back on the Buccaneers roster)
“I think Doug [Martin] if I’m going to guess.”
(On if he’s met Martin)
“Yeah, I do know him. I know him pretty well, we got to meet each other during the spring. This is kind of ironic.”
(On if he’s been compared to Martin by scouts or former coaches)
“Yeah, I’ve heard that just because we’re similar sizes and went to Boise State. We’ve got a similar running style so just in that aspect I have heard that.”
(On where he thinks he’ll fit into the offense and depth chart)
“We haven’t really [gone] into depth on that. I mean, I’m just going to go in, work as hard as I can and see where it goes from there.”
(On if he’s met former Boise State head coach and current Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter before)
“Yeah, I actually got to meet all of the staff and everything at the combine when I had a meeting with them. It was just really comforting knowing that [he coached at Boise State]. He has some of our coaches that he coached as players. It was just really good, I think he’s a really good coach, really good guy and I think the Bucs are headed in the right direction.”
(On how comfortable he is catching passes out of the backfield)
“I’m very comfortable. I used to play receiver for three years in high school and then played a year of receiver in college. So, I’m really comfortable. I feel my hands are really natural.”
(On his ability as a kick returner)
“Early on I did a lot of kick returning, I was a starter for a while. I got a good feel for it as I got more reps and I also think I could do it at the next level. I do want to continue to work on that and get better at that, and get a chance to actually do it.”
(On if he takes pride in his pass protection)
“Oh yeah, I take huge pride in that. I just don’t ever want [anybody] to touch the quarterback, you know? I just take pride in knowing my assignment when it’s blocking because I want to be a player that knows how to play without the ball.”
(On his impressions of the Buccaneers offense)
“I feel like it’s explosive. They’ve got Mike [Evans], they’ve got ‘D-Jack’ (DeSean Jackson) there, they’ve got Doug [Martin], they’ve got Jameis [Winston], they’ve got a tight end. I feel like it’s just going to be a really explosive offense.”
(On what went through his mind when he received the phone call from the Buccaneers drafting him)
“Oh man, it was crazy. It was like the world got off of my shoulders, honestly. These last four or five months have been really stressful for me. Just getting that call, it’s like all my hard work and everything going into this is done now, but it’s not finished. It’s just a new beginning. I mean, I was super excited.”

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