August 22, 2006

5 Q's with Lyle Sendlein

If you're looking for underrated players on the Texas Longhorn football team, look no further than senior center Lyle Sendlein. While Justin Blalock and Kasey Studdard get most of the attention, there's a buzz growing around the one-time linebacker as the season starts. In fact, Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis and offensive line coach Mac McWhorter have both said this month that Sendlein might be the best center they've ever worked with. sat down with Sendlein on Tuesday for a quick Q&A session.

Q: Greg Davis mentioned yesterday that you might be the best center that he's ever been around. What are your thoughts on him and Mac McWhorter both making those types of comments in the last week?

A: Oh, wow. I don't even know what to say. I'd never played offensive line before I got to Texas, so this is what coach (Mack) Brown has brought with our coaching staff that they can turn a linebacker into a center, and I can go out there and try to be as successful as I can with coaching, repetition, studying film, learning and being real observant of the game.

Q: Do you sense though that you are playing at that high of a level, where people are saying you might be the best player at your position in the conference or in the country?

A: No, I'm just trying to go out there and do what's best for the team. For myself, I always want to play at the highest of my ability and if they think that, that's a great compliment, but you can't let it get to you. When you go out to practice, you're either going to get better or get worse with how you are going to practice. I just try to go out there and get better every day.

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