Well, now. Not only is there not a lot of good to talk about from last night’s game, there’s not a lot of bad stuff that I really feel like revisiting either. I did talk to Lorenzo Alexander today, though, to see what it’s like for a defensive lineman to become the targeted receiver on a crucial fourth down end zone play.
That was the first time you’ve been thrown to, right?
That’s the first time I’ve actually been thrown to, but the second time I’ve gone in a route.
You’re eligible a lot, but usually not to actually run the route.
Is it nerve-wracking to find yourself in that situation?
No, I wasn’t even nervous, because I did it in practice and I knew I could catch the ball. So I was more surprised than anything that we’d call that play at that time. I thought we were gonna try to run it in, which we’ve good success at this year. But I wasn’t gonna turn it down.
Is having your number called there a big deal?
For a D lineman? Yes, it definitely is a big deal to have the opportunity to catch a touchdown. That opportunity rarely comes — I just wish I had been able to get my hands on it, have a better chance of catching the ball.
He swatted it away before it even got to you?
Yeah, it didn’t even touch me at all.
Do you think you’ll have the chance to do it again, or will the coaches burn the play now?
No, because of the situation we were in, I don’t think we killed it. It wasn’t like it was done badly on my part. That’s what happens most of the time when they stop running plays — if I was going to get the opportunity and drop it, then you know what’s gonna happen. I think we’re gonna wait on it a long time, though, because now people are going to be keying on me.
Had you played offense at any other point in your career?
High school, that’s the last time. I was a tight end, but my uncle was an O-line coach and he took me from the skill position and made me a D-lineman. That’s where I’ve been ever since.