As a player, I’m a five-year Media Day veteran. Preparation was a whole heck of a lot easier on the other side of the keyboard. Put on the uniform, walk out onto Commonwealth Stadium field, and talk away. In the days before the internets, quotes were a fire-and-forget weapon. Friday, I’ll be making my rookie appearance as an interviewer. To increase my beat writer skills and to be able to keep up with questions and answers, I bought a recorder thing. I guess I could have used my phone, but that would’ve required detailed instruction and an accompanying IT aide. I guess I’m ready.
To prepare for the big day, the KSR crew is conducting a preparatory teleconference. That is intimidating within itself. Drew and Tyler tend to be highly demanding. During the call, we’ll concoct a plan that will most surely go awry. I’ll then have to act upon my military training to adapt, improvise, and overcome.
I re-watched and studied every single question from SEC Media Days. From that research, I’ve developed five questions that will hopefully provide a detailed look into the 2015 Wildcats:
— Jordan Swindle- “At the Women’s Clinic, Shannon Dawson said that he’s using electro shock therapy to help with your overabundance of illegal procedure penalties. Does that hurt?”
— Patrick Towles- “So, did you see the Cat’s Pause cover”
— Melvin Lewis- “Tell me about Matt Elam.”
— Boom Williams- “May I call you Stanley? I heard that you asked Randall Cobb and Jacob Tamme if they approved of you wearing the number 18. I must have missed that call, please explain yourself.”
— Mark Stoops- “Do you know Coach Cal?”
How do you like those hard-hitting and journalistically motivated questions? Reality is, I want to hear from center John Toth and inquire about the on-line call differences between the Dawson and Brown offensive systems. I’m going to ask Guard/Tackle Cole Mosier if he has an offensive line positional preference. His versatility is an implicit offensive strength. Linebacker Josh Forrest has added over twenty off-season pounds. I’d like to know if the added weight will translate to him forcing tackles closer to the line of scrimmage. The rookie cornerbacks will probably be inundated with hacks. If I see an opportunity, I want to gauge their maturity and attitudinal approach going into the fall camp. I’d like to hear from Dorian Baker and Drew Barker and hear about lessons learned from off-field indiscretions.
Who knows, I may choke. My recorder might run out of batteries. I may forget to turn over the cassette tape and miss interviews. I can’t wait. It’s here.