With the first scrimmage under wraps, and the spring game this Saturday, USFNation.com caught up with newly anointed first team tight end Andreas Shields for a few thoughts on the spring.
With you being a veteran team tight end, what are you seeing out here this spring?
It's all going pretty well, everything is clicking and we're just trying to get everything going to get where we need to be.
What type of changes have you made in yourself over the past year?
I'm just trying to get better every day, working on my fundamentals, footwork, hands, routes and just about everything. I put on some muscle and I'm a lot stronger. I'm weighing 245 lbs now after coming in at 205.
Now that a few tight ends have graduated, how do you feel about the overall unit?
We lost some vets, but I think we'll be alright. We got some good players on the squad and we're coming along.
How about you and Isaac Virgin, are you helping each other along the way?
Oh yeah, definitely, we talk every day about what we need to do. We both bring different aspects to the game. He's real fluid and a solid route runner. It's going to be nice and both of us together will be real nice.
How did you feel about how you did in the scrimmage?
The scrimmage went well. There are definitely some things I could work on and improve on in those different areas.
How about the defense, anybody giving you a hard time out there?
Oh yeah, they all do, Claude (Davis), (Ryne) Giddins, Patrick (Hampton), DeDe (Lattimore), all of those guys do every day. Reshard (Cliett) has been killing me [laughing]. Playing against all of them makes us better.
What do you want to try to work on in the Spring Game?
I would say I want to work on everything, run blocking, footwork and trying to get things open for B.J. and the offense.