ON HIS VALLEY RANCH VISIT: "It was unbelievable. I got to meet Mr. Jones, Coach Phillips and Coach
Herring. I had a great time and I felt like it was a really great fit
for me. I got to watch film. I got to see the great linebackers that are
there right now. I was hoping that I would be able to play for them
ON WHY HE'S A GOOD FIT IN DALLAS: "They are at the top of their game right now. They are great players. It
is something that I feel like I can play like if I really take my time
to learn from those guys. The Cowboys play hard-nose football and I
really feel like I can play like that."
ON HIS KNEE INJURY: "I would say about the third game when I came back, I was pretty much at
100 percent. At the end of the season I was 100 percent. I took the
brace off while I was working out and I have been 100 percent for a long
time now. I played last year with the brace, I have it off now and I
will not be wearing it."
ON PENN STATE BEING LINEBACKER U:
"I have played with a lot of good players and I got to meet a lot of
great linebackers. Learning from them and seeing how they worked hard
has helped me become a better football player. How they practiced. They
practiced perfect every single day. They really lived and breathed
football to become better football players. I do not think I would be
where I am at without those guys and without Penn State.
"I knew I would be able to come back. I knew if I put the work in and
was mature about the rehab that not only would I be able to come back,
but I would come back a better football player. I believe that no matter
what injury, I can come back and be a better football player."
ON FITTING IN AS A ROOKIE:
"I am coming in to a team full of leaders. There are four linebackers at
the top of their game right now. I'm just going to relish it and try to
learn from them as much as possible. I am going to come in and work hard
and try to help the team win in any way possible."
ON HIS POSSIBLE ROLE:
"I have watched the two inside linebackers and I am going to guess it is
going to be in one of those positions that I will probably learn and be
tutored when I get there. In the future I will probably play in one of
ON WADE PHILLIPS' STYLE:
"I blitzed a lot as a junior back in 2007. I try to pride myself in
being able to be effective in any part of the game whether it is run,
pass or blitz."
ON LIVING UP TO BEING A PENN STATE LB:
"We see it more as an honor, something we take pride in. We like to
work a certain way. We like to play football a certain way. We are
hardnosed, blue collar type of guys. We really take pride in playing
that way and passing that leadership down to guys that are coming behind
ON HEALTH ISSUES: "I have changed the way I am training. It is more geared towards my
weaknesses. I am going to do whatever it takes to try to stay healthy
and I believe I can come back from injuries."