Wednesday's print column couldn't include all his observations, so what follows are the former Hampton High and Virginia Tech quarterback's own words.
* On his vision of starting a football academy on the Peninsula: "My dad is starting (a business) called Training Ground, which is eventually what we're going to run the academy through. Football is big around here, and it can be even bigger with spring football. Kids tend to go to basketball in the spring, but if you look at states like Florida, they play all year 'round. And I think we can compete with those states if we (play) all year 'round. … We're going to make it big as possible, but you have to start with small steps."
* On how he’s spent the offseason: “
"Throwing was the main thing for me. Just don't want to get rusty. … Less than a week from now we'll be back in Baltimore training as a team, and I'm looking forward to that."
* Who he’s been throwing to: “I went up to Virginia Tech, and I’ve been throwing with some guys I played with. Justin Harper was there,
* Impressions of new Ravens quarterback coach
* On the patience required to back up entrenched starter
* On the randomness of a backup’s life, like former North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates going from No. 3 to No. 1 in Houston last season after injuries to Schaub and
* On feeling more prepared as the season progressed: “(Ravens offensive coordinator
"He'd put me in certain situations throughout practice -- maybe I had to take the team on a two-minute drill – to keep me on my toes, to get a gauge where I'm at and also for me to go out there and gain confidence, so that when it's my turn, I can go out there and do it."
* On his first
* Did he know he was going to play that day? "We practiced specifically that week on those plays. But the weather was (bad). So I wasn't sure it was going to happen. You don't want to try too much trick stuff when the weather is that bad. Coach Cam told me earlier in the game on the sideline, 'Be ready,' and I didn't go in that series.
"But we got the ball back on like the 50-yard-line, and he told me, 'Be ready.' I actually had to go grab my other helmet. It was like everything was in slow-motion for that one play. I can only imagine what it would be like when it's my turn to go out there for a full game."
* Your other helmet? "Because me and Joe were on the field at the same time, and (the NFL) won't allow two helmets with the speakers inside on the field at the same time."
* On his second play, the following week against Indy, when he lined up as a receiver on second-and-goal from the 7 and watched a pass go to tailback
* On his final appearance, the following week at San Diego, where he was sacked twice and threw his lone pass of the season, an 18-yarder to Boldin, in mop-up duty in the final minute of a lopsided defeat: "That just shows you the type of team we have. It was less than 45 seconds on the clock and he catches a 7-yard pass, and he still fights for yardage instead of just going down to prevent injury."
* On playing with veteran stars such as
* On his relationship with Flacco: “Me and Joe are cool. We have a real good relationship. I think it started when I went up to Towson (University) during the lockout and we had a three-day workout. Just the way he welcomed me. He doesn’t shy away from teaching me. It’s a collective job for us. Things I see I can offer to him. Things he sees he can tell me. … At the end of the day, we want a
* On staying in touch with Virginia Tech: “I talk to Logan (Thomas) a lot. David Wilson’s like my little brother. Talk to
* On Wilson's NFL prospects: "Definitely going to be special. Some people compare him to Ray Rice. But I don't know who you can actually compare him to in the league. He has a different style. He's a power back, but at the same time he's a speed guy. I told him in the NFL, though, don't try to run those people over like you did in college. You want to save your body."
* On playing for a Baltimore organization so accustomed to winning: “We have a smart GM (
* On being recognized in public: "Some people know me. I don't really go out too much. Game day, it's funny, you have to walk through the fans and sign autographs, and being that I played college football so close to there, a lot of people recognize me. I might go out to the mall and get recognized here and there. That doesn't bother me. I'm still going to be me."
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