As a rookie
"I think there were [a few] mistakes out there for everybody at some point, but he didn't really make any glaring rookie mistakes because he was always on his P's and Q's," McClain said. "He knew where he had to go, and he got there and he got his job done."
That approval brought a smile to Upshaw's face, but in a sign that he understands his role as a rookie, Upshaw quickly downplayed the compliment.
"Yeah, I feel like I had a comfortable grasp. But anybody who knows me will tell you that I always try to get better," he said. "If I feel I made a mistake or can do something better, I'm always on myself. They probably won't see it, but I'm always telling myself that I've got to do better and try to improve on the next day's practice."
Upshaw enjoyed a successful senior season at the University of Alabama, leading the defense in sacks (8.5) and earning Most Valuable Player honors in the
With outside linebacker
“There are guys who were already here,” Upshaw said. “Guys like Kruger and
"He is just trying to make sure he doesn't lower the standard because he is learning," Harbaugh said. "It's all new for him. The pace of play is new. The defense obviously, the volume is new. So I don't think you have to talk about [expectations] too much. It's pretty self-evident."
In addition to grasping the defensive playbook, Upshaw said one of his more immediate priorities is getting to the 270-pound level, which the coaching staff feels is ideal for him. Upshaw, who declined to say how much weight he must shed to reach that mark, said working in the heat and humidity of training camp should help him reach that goal.