A few questions for freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who spoke to several local reporters after UM’s 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl:
What did you think of the game?
“It was exciting. The good plays we had were very exciting. The bad plays we had, learning lessons for me and the team, as a unit.”
How did things go for you on the practice field? What did you get out of your freshman year?
“Progress. Definitely progress from when I first got here.”
What’s your height and weight now? Have you changed at all?
“I haven’t changed my height since I got here. I came here at 177. Now I weigh 187.”
What was that process like? A lot of weight training, making sure you’re eating the right foods …
“It’s not too much of the weight training. I do the same workouts as everybody else. It’s about the nutrition. We’ve got a great nutritionist. He’s on me.”
How has that impacted you? Has it made your arm stronger, are you more athletic?
“I don’t know. I feel good though, I know that.”
So looking forward to spring practice, trying to get into the quarterback competition for next year?
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve got to stay preparing, even before spring starts.”
In what way?
“Film, film room for sure. Keeping my arm loose. I’ve always got to throw. I can’t stop.”
Do you know much about the new quarterback coming in [four-star recruit Jarren Williams]?
“No, I don’t know too much about him. I met him. He seems like a good kid. I like him.”
Do you like the idea of a competition? There will be a lot of guys competing.
“Of course. I love competition. That’s what brings the best out of me.”
Are you close with Malik [Rosier]?
“Yeah. Me and Malik are close.”
What do you think happened today, from what you were observing?
“It’s a lot of different thing that happened today, good and bad. We’ve just got to get better from it. And we will.”
What was your day-to-day regimen this year?
“I knew I had to get better every day. I feel like that’s what I did. Now that I’m comfortable with everything, it’s going to be interesting.”
How much have you grown, if you had to put a number on it?
“If I had to put a number on it — I can’t really say a number. I’m really surprised with how much I learned so fast. I just know if I stay as focused as I am now, I’m going to get better and better.”
[Referring to veterans getting emotional in the locker room after the season-ending loss] What did you learn from a leadership standpoint, seeing the passion of these guys?
“That’s all it’s about. As long as everybody’s got a passion, we’ll be fine. We still need one main leader. Everybody has leadership sometimes. We just need it all the time.”
Were you surprised by complex the quarterback position is in college?
“Was I surprised? No.”
You were prepared for it?
Was there a transition for you, learning how to prepare for games?
“It’s definitely a new transition. I watched film in high school, but I didn’t know what I was watching. The coaches here, they taught me how to watch film. They taught me what to look at. That’s why I got so comfortable.”