Wednesday was a special day for Ahmad Black, as he stepped into his first college practice with three of his high school teammates. Though stifled by his hamstring a few times on the field, Black is confident that his health will continue to improve this spring, and his grasp of the defense will as well.
The cornerback spent some time to talk after practice about how special this day is and what he has learned so far.
Q: “How was your first day of spring practice?”
A: “It was good. I’m still recovering a little bit from my hamstring injury but it’s going well right now. Obviously it’s the first day I got to come out here and run some of the defense so there were so there were some mistakes, but overall it was a good practice.”
Q: “The cornerback position is probably the most open position on the depth chart right now. How high is the intensity level with this in mind?”
A: “It’s very high out there. All of us guys know that, so we’re all fighting to get on the field. I got some time at the nickelback position today, too. I’m happy with whichever position gets me on the field first right now.”
Q: “How well do you think you’ve picked up the defense so far?”
A: “Well obviously I’m still in the early stages of the learning process, but I feel like I’m doing well. The coaches have helped me out quite a bit with it and it’s going real well, especially still having a lot more practices this spring to learn it.”
Q: “How was it to come out to your first college practice and still see three guys you went to high school with at Lakeland?
A: “That’s really been cool; a lot of our coaching staff from Lakeland was even here today. I don’t get to see the Pounceys much during practices because we’re split up into different groups, but I get to see a lot of Paul (Wilson). I’m really looking forward to going up against Paul some this spring.”
Q: “What do you hope to get accomplished this spring?”
A “Well right now everyone’s goal is to come in and win a starting spot and that’s definitely my number one goal, either at cornerback or nickel. Besides that, I would say that I want to learn the defensive schemes better.”