Jeremy Hester took a few minutes to talk about his development at the running back position. Last season he broke onto the scene and this year he is feeling more confident than ever.
"I feel like I have learned what it takes to play college football now," he said.
"It is so much more than just showing up and letting talent go. You have to prepare, mentally and physically. You have to watch film, be patient and smart. Those are the big things for me this season that I am ready to do.
"Before I felt like I was just letting my ability take over, now I really know what I am doing out there."
The running game is going to be even more crucial this season as everyone adjusts to the change at quarterback.
"It is our job to step up," he said. "We've been really clicking with the run game, and we are sure out here working hard.
"The offensive line has been great. They are opening the holes for us and they are going to be a very strong line. You can't have a strong running game without being able to block up front, and these guys are doing that for us."
Hester also commented on his personal development.
"I hope to see a lot of playing time at running back this season," he said. "That is where I've spent almost all of my time this year.
"I can see me moving around and possibly doing some work in the return game and punt return game too. But, most of what I do will be at running back."
Hester said he's trying to develop into a leader and step up to be the man at running back. He's currently pushing Desmond Johnson for the starting role. It appears both of them will be called upon often to carry the running game.
"I know what I have to do, and I'm getting there," he said. "I worked hard in the off-season to gain some weight and strength.
"Now, its just about going out there and making plays. We understand that. The key to our performance this year is to forget last year and the past. We have to be our own team this year and go get it."