Thoughts from Mitchell Trubisky – Part II

*Q)Do you believe you can start right away on the NFL level?

Mitchell Trubisky – UNC QB: I do and that’s one of the things that’s out of my control once again. So I’m going to go in there whatever organization selects me, I’m going to go in there and compete. I’m going to try to learn the system as fast as possible. I mean that’s what you’ve got to do.

Q)Why was this right time for you to go to the NFL?

Trubisky: I just feel like the season I had last year and what I’ve shown on film and what I’m able to do that I have the tools to be successful in the NFL. So I’ve been really well prepared at North Carolina, and I think my game is ready to take that next step.

You’ve just got to go in, earn the respect of the guys around you and pick it up as fast as possible. You want to show that you can play from day one but it’s going to be up to the coaches when they’re going to put you in.

Q)How did you improve your game when you weren’t starting your first two years?

Trubisky: Put in the extra time even though you’re not getting the reps in practice with the ones. I would stay after practice and throw to the receivers, throw a lot in the summer and watch extra film.

Nobody watched more film than I did in college, just talking from my team’s standpoint and just being prepared, being a student of the game, helping the starter, telling him what I saw, just taking every reps and not taking anything for granted.

Q)What were your college film sessions like?

Trubisky: Long. They were long. A lot of them. They were good. The thing is when you’re not starting, you learn from the starter’s mistakes. So whatever he did in the game, I’ve got to make sure I’m not making the same mistake, and I think I did a good job doing that ’cause you can learn from other people’s mistakes pretty much in any business or occupation.

Q)Have teams expressed concern to you about your limited starts?

Trubisky: I don’t think that’s a big concern from the teams that I’ve talked to so far.
They could tell I know the game very well, they’re impressed with my tape and I’m just trying to show them what kind of person I am.

Q)What game tapes best show your potential?

Trubisky: I’d probably say Florida State, that was one of my best games and then Pitt and then Virginia Tech and Miami, maybe in that order. So we played some very good defenses this year, like Florida State, Miami and I got better as the year went along.

*Press conference

Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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