August 12, 2008

Bernstine looks to lock down a starting job

Jordan Bernstine may never forget his first play in college football. Running down on punt coverage against Northern Illinois, the Des Moines native picked up a personal foul for an early hit on the returner. Still, as his coach puts it, you would rather have your freshmen be overly aggressive than scared to be out there. Bernstine looks to use that aggressiveness to his advantage as he hopes to lock down one of the starting cornerback positions in camp this month. We caught up with him at media day to talk about the competition.

Q: How are things shaping up at cornerback?

BERNSTINE: As far as I know, we're all kind of on the same slate. We're just going to go out and compete.

Q: What was it like playing in the first game last year as a true freshman?

BERNSTINE: (laugh) It was a great experience. All the adrenaline, all the fans, just being able to play in that game was fun.

Q: Was your first play the penalty for hitting the punt returner early?

BERNSTINE: Oh yeah. My very first play in college football. I was so nervous and anxious all at the same time.

Q: I think Coach Ferentz said he'd rather have you overly aggressive than scared to be out there though. Was that kind of what happened basically, just a little too excited?

BERNSTINE: Yeah.

Q: How is your shoulder now after sitting out in the spring?

BERNSTINE: It's feeling great. The training staff all helped me out with the rehab. We were rehabbing for a few months and now I'm back to 100%.

Q: Heading into camp, what's the competition like at corner?

BERNSTINE: There's a great deal of competition. We're all out there competing for spots, so it's going to be fun and we're all pushing each other.


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