Graham talks after practice

After practice, head coach Randy Shannon and several players met with the members of the media. Senior tight end Jimmy Graham was among the group that was made available. He discussed a number of topics, including how his first day in full pads went, how his transition to football is going and his thoughts on going up against the defense in practice…

On being in pads for the first time -
It's like having 30 more pounds on you, but it felt great. I'm getting used to it. I got lit up a couple of times, but I'm just trying to get better every day.

On how basketball helped prepare him for football -
My footwork and quickness. Also getting up for balls in the end zone.

On facing the defense -
They are really quick out there. I think we have one of the best defenses in the country. They are just really quick.

On which defenders made contact with him today -
A few of the safeties. Jared (Campbell) got me one time. I'm just really excited though, happy to be out there.

On whether he is sore from contact -
Yeah, I would say my hips may be a little sore. I've just got to get used to getting low and blocking those D-Ends. We got some big boys at the ends but all in all, I feel pretty good.

How has practice as the week progresses –
Aggressive, much more aggressive, but it's getting better day by day. I'm getting more used to the DB's and the linebackers. Recommended Stories

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