August 9, 2008

Klug grows into a defensive tackle

After coming in thinking he would probably play linebacker, defensive end, or tight end, Karl Klug finds himself on the two deeps at defensive tackle heading into 2008. At media day, the Minnesota native talked about playing defensive tackle at 250 pounds, where the coaches want his weight to be eventually, learning from Mitch King and Matt Kroul, and much more.

Q: Can you talk about the adjustment to playing defensive tackle and maybe what you are still working on?

KLUG: I need to work a lot on my technique with being injured last year. It's been kind of hard to get in the groove and continue to improve my technique. But I'm healthy now and working with some good leaders in Mitch and Matt and they've been showing me the ropes.

Q: Last year Coach Ferentz had mentioned you were standing out a few times during camp, but then you had a foot injury that set you back, right?

KLUG: Yeah. I had the surgery at the beginning of September and then I came back and started practicing about the middle of the season. I think it was the Northwestern game.

Q: Working with Coach Doyle, is he trying to put some weight on you?

KLUG: I'm at 250 and he wants me at 270-280. I feel like I've hit a brick wall, but I've just got to keep going. He knows what he's doing, so I've just got to listen to everything he says.

Q: How are Kroul and King as leaders?

KLUG: Kroul and King are great guys. I mean if we screw up, they pull us aside and tell us what we need to work on. They try to help us out as much as possible.

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