No, I wasn’t surprised … about some of the comments that were made because I understand some people were frustrated, especially the younger kids thinking that things were going to be different. Everyone wants to win, and everybody was frustrated with the losing aspect [of the transition]. Losing made it worse. If things went well, there wouldn’t have been [that many] comments. Coming off a good season, when we didn’t do well, it gave people more to say about what was going on.
Have you graduated? And what did you study?
I graduated last winter. Communications.
Have you basically been working toward making the NFL since then?
Yeah, just training for a while for Pro Day and things like that. I had a tryout with the St. Louis Rams that went pretty well. Right now I’m just [staying prepared to do] tryouts for other teams as well. Hopefully soon a team picks me up in free agency. I’m just working out and doing the same things.
What was draft weekend like for you?
Some teams were calling later in the draft. A couple teams were thinking about picking me up, but I didn’t really know what was going to happen. Every draft experience is pretty different. [For some players], teams call and say they’re going to take you, and then they don’t. Luckily I didn’t have that type of experience. It was a waiting process, trying to see what was going to happen. It was definitely a weird experience. It’s one of those lifetime memories, but I’m glad that aspect is over. I’m just trying to see what’s going to happen in the near future.
How did the tryout with the Rams go? Did you work out as a punt returner and at receiver?
Coach [Jeff] Fisher had us do punt return stuff before practice. During practice I was playing receiver, mostly the Z position and some slot. I really thought it went really well. I didn’t have any drops the whole time, and I made a couple big catches going against Janoris Jenkins, their top pick and one of the top corners in the draft. It was a pretty good experience, going back and forth in the team drills. I really enjoyed myself, seeing that I could compete at a high level. It went really well.
What’s the next step for you in terms of getting a shot at the league?
It’s just waiting to get the call. Teams have 90-man rosters right now. Most teams are trying to finish up OTAs. Some players get released, injuries and things like that. I’m on their short list. Just waiting to get in the game right now.
Have you thought about the CFL or another non-NFL pro league?
Yeah, that’s an option. I’ve had a lot of interest from that. I just wanted to see first what happens with the NFL.
What about life after football? Any idea what you might want to do then?
Something related to broadcasting with my major, communications. [I would also be interested in] public relations, dealing with a major firm in some type of communications aspect. I’m not exactly sure yet, but something related to that.
Looking back, are you happy with your time at Maryland?
It was a blessing. It seemed like it went by so fast. It was a lot of hard work, but I got the most out of the entire situation, getting my degree, [being a College Football News] All-American and All-ACC player, playing with great teammates and [playing for] a great team. Overall it was a great experience. I took a lot out of it, just in life in general. Overall, it was just a blessing to be able to go there and have success, meet some great people and be around the coaches and other players.