March 28, 2011
How has spring practice been so far?
Spurlock: I would rather be doing spring practice than the fourth quarter drills. Everyone is doing very well, especially the older guys and the younger guys who have stepped in. I think everyone loves being out there with their helmets hitting and being with your brother.
Is it different being in a different environment this spring as you practice on the old intramural fields?
Spurlock: I was hoping that they would count a couple of the periods just to walk over there because it is a pretty good walk. It’s not that much different it just takes a while to get over there.
You are coming back from injuries and have made the move from guard to center. How has that transition been for you?
Spurlock: The injuries are fine and have been taken care of. I am doing a few things now at 50% but I should be 100% in a couple of weeks. The move to center has been a whole different animal, another beast to try and tame. I guess you have to do what you have to do. It’s me and (Bryan) Stork working there right now. (Coach Trickett) will put whomever he thinks is going to do the best there. It is going to be hard to take over (Ryan) McMahon’s shoes. It is hard and way different.
You mentioned how different the center and guard positions are. How have the snaps between center and quarterback been so far?
Spurlock: I had a couple problems with that last practice but I think we pretty much got everything ironed out. It’s not just hard just to center it is figuring out what everyone else from the offensive line to the fullbacks to the tight ends and what they are doing.
Spurlock: I think everyone is coming along and making big strides. Especially (Jacob) Fahrenkrug, he has done a lot of good things. As you said it is going to be hard to replace someone like Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon but we are going to try our best to do it.
How has E.J. Manuel stepped into the leadership role as the starting quarterback for the Seminoles?
Spurlock: He played in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and he played against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. I think he will be fine. He is a natural born leader and a great kid. He will be fine.