At the conclusion of the Pittsburgh first open practice of the 2010 NFL season, first round rookie Maurkice Pouncey spoke with reporters. Here are some of the things that Pouncey talked about.
Asked when he arrived at Saint Vincents for training camp:
Pouncey - "I got here around 10:00-10:30, I finally got to camp at 12:30, 1:00."
How did you do at the run test?
Pouncey - "I passed it with flying colors. I'm in good shape. If I am gonna show up late, I gotta do something good."
Was it really 6:00 am?
Pouncey - "Yeah."
Did anyone come down to watch?
Pouncey - "Nah, those boys were still sleeping. We had practice early."
Was there a lot of talking to your agent waiting for the deal to get done?
Pouncey - "Man, there were phone calls every five minutes, but if finally got done, and I was happy to hear it."
What is your goal in camp?
Pouncey - "To come out here and perform, get better every day."
There are obviously a lot of changes to the pro game, how does it feel?
Pouncey - "Practice is a lot shorter, it felt good."
How are you coming along with the playbook?
Pouncey - "Oh, it's going real good. I got that thing pretty much down pat, just the little things you got to learn."
What is going on with the allegations that you took money from an agent?
Pouncey - "It's not true. I mean, I don't know who would ever write a letter like that, I mean, trying to destroy somebody's name, it's not fair. But, it's not true, everybody knows. They went through the whole investigation and couldn't find anything."
What is the status of the investigation?
Pouncey - "It's almost ended now, they couldn't find anything. Everybody they talked to said it wasn't true. A lot of stuff was said that didn't happen, so I'm just glad that everybody can finally see it."
How did you find out about it?
Pouncey - "I thought my brother was playing when he called me. When he first told me about it, I thought it was a joke. When I found out about it, I called the school, and told them. They said they were behind me if it was not true. They stood up for me."
NOTE: Comments are from an interview on steelers.com