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January 17, 2012
Bobby Deren writes for Rivals.com affiliate ScarletNation.com (Rutgers athletics), in addition to his coverage of the NFL Draft process. Deren's first book, Draft Season, chronicled four different journeys to the NFL Draft, including that of former Gamecock, the late Kenny McKinley. Draft Season is available for purchase at this link.
On Tuesday, Deren caught up with former Gamecock Travian Robertson after practice for the East/West Shrine Game and provided the following Q&A and photos to GamecockCentral.com:
On the experience:
"People from all over trying to get to know each other, but it's been a good experience. It's the first day of pads so we got after it a little bit today."
On improving from day one to day two:
"I tried to get after it. Yesterday, everybody was just waiting to put pads on so it feels good."
On all the scouts watching practice:
"That doesn't bother me, I'm used to it"
On the biggest surprise of the week:
"All the scouts and all the stuff we learn. I'm learning a lot as far as the NFLPA and all the stuff we don't get in college. There's a lot of meetings and we learn a lot. I'm just preparing hard for the next level."
On how much playing in the SEC helped you:
"It helped me al ot. We have a lot of great offensive lines, defensive lines, great coaches and everything. It's just a great all-around conference. To go through year-round and then to play with different guys out here, it helps me a lot."
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