True freshman offensive lineman, Kalan Ellis received his first collegiate start against Wake Forest replacing the injured Chris Bleich. He also appeared frequently in last week's game against Clemson.
Reporter: "What's it been like for you the last couple of games, getting the start in front of family. What's that been like for you emotionally?"
Ellis: "It's been great. Honestly I'm glad that I got to start in front of my family. I think I would have helped either way, whether it's back up or starting. It was definitely a great experience."
Reporter: "How do you stay ready throughout the season if they need you to come in during a game unexpectedly?
Kalan Ellis: "I just mainly focus on the practices. I go through my techniques and movement. I prepare for any decision that comes to me whether it's playing this game or backing up. I just got to stay on my toes and be ready."
Reporter: "How do you think you have performed so far in your young collegiate career?
Ellis: "I think I performed pretty decent. I still got to work on my techniques and other stuff. That's what Coach Schmidt is helping me with, so I think we are on the right track.
Reporter: "What has impressed you, what is your biggest strength?"
Ellis: "My biggest strength is just being a solid force. Not getting a move off the ball easily. I still got to work on it though, got to work on speed, techniques all that."
Reporter: "Anything surprise you so far?"
Ellis: "Not really. We pretty much cover everything in practice. That's what feels good about being prepared and ready."
Reporter: "How do you think the offensive line can improve going into this week's game against Virginia Tech?"
Ellis: "Just keep practicing hard like we've been. We're just out there working so hard that each one of us is developing more."
Reporter: "After the past three weeks resulting not the way you or your team wanted, how do you move forward for the rest of the season?"
Ellis: "Just got to focus on the next game. It was a tough three loses but still, we have to focus on the next one."
Reporter: "What's the mood like around here after losing three tough games. Is it deflating at all?"
Ellis: "No actually it makes us go harder at practice. Just competing against one another and just getting the plays right and just correcting everything from the last game."