Aug. 6, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -During preseason football camp, RollTide.com will take fans behind the scenes with various Crimson Tide players. Today, receiver Darius Hanks offers some comments on the Tide's first week of practice.
On being in the mix for playing time at wide receiver:
"Coach Saban told me since day one of spring practice, I had a chance to play. We lost DJ (Hall), Keith (Brown) and Matt (Caddell), so it gave me a chance to step up and do the things I need to do to get on the field."
On seeing playing time as a freshman before suffering an injury:
"It was nice to play. It was big to me. I was freshman, a new guy, and labeled as being small, and I got to play ahead of the other freshmen guys. Coach Saban told me I had improved a lot. So that was a big deal to me."
On recovering from shoulder surgery this spring:
"It's up to the doctors when I get released out of the black jersey (no contact). I'm not having any trouble. They just don't want me to get hit."
On his size and how it is an asset or detriment as a receiver:
"Since high school, I've been a smaller guy, as far as being a receiver. I've learned how to deal with it now, so it's not that big of a deal to me. I use my speed. I run good routes. I have good hands."
On working with the scout team last season:
"I did what I supposed to do and read the script each day. Every week, I was the main receiver on the other team. I tried to help our team each day."
On what he does well and what he needs to improve:
"My strengths, like I said earlier are my routes and my hands. Those are the primary things. My weaknesses are my size again, but I'm developing that by getting bigger and getting in the weight room. I feel like I am making progress there."