Saunders Draft Day Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 10, 2014

On being drafted by the Jets…
This is a great feeling. Obviously, I’ve been training for so long, so many years and so many hours I’ve put into this just for this moment. I’m definitely feeling some way about it. I’ve just got to thank God, my family and everyone that’s pushed me to being here at this point in my life.

On his playing style…
I would describe my playing style like a gorilla. I’m a savage on that field. I would say between a gorilla and a terrier, a pet dog or a terrier. They’re real small and people don’t expect too much from them. They always like to fight and always like to play around. That’s just the type of player I am. I’m real feisty. I’m going to get the ball and if you tell me to go block the defender, I’m going to go block them and try to ear-hole them. I’m just going to do my best. I love to compete. That’s just the way I am. I’ve always been that way.

On his current weight…
My current weight is 175 pounds.

On if he wants to play at 175 pounds…
Right now, I’m definitely trying to get it up. Right now at 175 I feel real great at this size. I’m just trying to progress from there.

On what he weighed at the NFL Combine…
At the combine I was 165. A lot of people had questions about my weight there. I was actually looking forward to being 175 there. I was actually sick a couple of days before and I was throwing up. That was the main reason why my weight was really down up there. I don’t want it to be a surprise to people that my weight is up after the combine. I’ve been training as of late and I’m looking forward to gaining more weight and playing at it.

On if he got an impression from the Jets that they would use him as a returner or receiver…
When I talked to the staff and everything, we really didn’t touch too much on what position I would be playing. I’m going to take to the offense, special teams-wise, obviously, I do both things, punt return, kick return and play receiver also. I definitely feel like I can come in and compete for either a receiver position or a punt return job. Other than that, I’m just happy to be a Jet.

On why he transferred from Fresno St. to Oklahoma…
Multiple reasons. At the end of the day, it was just something that me and my family thought was best for me. I had to deal with Coach (Pat) Hill leaving and medical stuff I had going. At the end of the day, I just felt like it was the best decision for me and my family.

On if he thinks transferring helped his draft stock…

Most definitely. No knocks against Fresno St. I loved school. I love the players that are there. I love the people that are around there. Like you said, did it help my draft stock? I believe so. Playing at Oklahoma, I played against top-tier competition. At Fresno St. I wasn’t able to play Alabama. Even though we played as a team together, to even get to that bowl game this past year, just to say I’ve played against Alabama or even some of these top-tier teams, Texas A&M, those are the teams you don’t see at all at Fresno St. really like that (in conference play). I believe I really helped myself transferring to Oklahoma.



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