August 8, 2007

NU Notes: Potter hopes to have strong fall camp

This August may be the most important month of junior defensive end Zach Potter's career. Potter is currently working as the No. 1 base defensive end in fall camp, and he's hoping his performance over the next three weeks can lock up the starting job.

Potter said he trained harder than he ever has before over the winter and summer to put himself in a position to win the starting job this August.

Through three practices, Potter said the changes in his game have already caught the eye of defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt.

"I've definitely changed," Potter said. "My whole body has changed completely. Last year I got up all the way to 297 pounds. They wanted me to be kind of like Adam Carriker was, but I really didn't like that weight. I got all the way down to 280 through winter conditioning and I build my weight back up a lot better. I'm about 285 pounds right now.

"I really worked very hard in the weight room this summer and I got a lot stronger. Coach Wyatt said it's really showing on the field right now, so I'm glad my hard work is paying off."

The pressure Potter has felt over the past few months has been extremely intense. Replacing a guy like Carriker is no easy task, but the Omaha Creighton Prep product continues to make strides in the right direction.

"There's a lot of pressure," Potter said. "The main pressure is trying to replace Adam Carriker. I also got guys like Pierre Allen and David Harvey and Ty Steinkuhler get a few snaps in practice, so there's a lot of competition.

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