The former walk-on from Elkhorn has started 19 straight games at right guard on the offensive line. He also is coming off a sophomore season in which he was voted second-team All-Big Ten by media covering the league.
Q: Did the bye week come at a good time, and did the team make the most of it?
A: We just had to take advantage of getting our rest and getting our bodies back in shape, then just get ready and get our minds right for Northwestern and for the rest of the season. We kind of focused on the little changes each one of us could make to become better as an individual player, so we could improve as a team.
Q: You had three practices last week. Were they pretty intense coming off the Ohio State loss?
A: They were short and sweet. We weren’t out there for too long, but when we were out there, we were going hard.
Q: How much will you see guys wanting to get back at it and wanting to play again this week?
A: We’re ready to go. Yeah, it’s time to get back at it. It’s six more weeks. Go hard.
Q: Did you watch a lot of football Saturday or study some other Big Ten games?
A: I went home and did a little shooting (trap and hunting) and just relaxed and took my mind off the game for a minute. Just for a day, I just had to take some time for myself and relax, but I’m back and ready to go.
Q: This offense has showed some signs, but also had its sputters. How do you make it full-go all the time in the second half of the season?
A: Just be more consistent all around as a team. It seems like everyone takes their turns at one point in a game, and we need to stop doing that and just become more consistent as a whole.
Q: Does everybody still realize what’s out there despite the two losses?
A: Our division’s wide open. If we should win out, then we take care of our business and our goal of winning a Big Ten championship is still available. We all want it, so hopefully we get it.
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