The Ohio native started all 13 games at center as a redshirt senior in 2012, his first season as a started after serving as a backup interior offensive lineman and also contributing on special teams unites on field goal and PAT units.
How did your NFL debut feel against the Chiefs?
“It felt great. I thought the atmosphere of the Superdome was the best part. The who dat chant before kickoff and everything was awesome. I was just excited to get out there. It was a lot of fun and for me it felt good to be back in the Superdome. I got to play there in 23012 at the Sugar Bowl so it was good experience.”
What are you looking to improve for the Oakland Raiders game?
“I guess nothing in particular, just everything. Just run blocking and pass blocking. I think as a football player you always have to improve in everything. That is kind of the approach I am taking.”
What has been your biggest transition from college to NFL?
“I would say being down here, it’s the heat. It wasn’t quite like this at Michigan. I think just the tempo is definitely quicker than college and everybody is good so you have to always be prepared to play your best. That’s been the biggest thing for me, always being able to have your best practice and best game and being 100 percent.”
What have you loved most about the city so far?
“That’s a good question. I just think it’s neat how big the fan base is. I haven’t had the chance to really experience the city yet but the people that are here, everywhere you go it’s all about the Saints. Coming from a place like Michigan that has a big fan base too, it’s nice to go from one place to another where they have a big fan base. I’ve heard of other teams that don’t have as many fans or the fans don’t care as much. I think the excitement and the passion that the fans have makes players work even harder.”