What are Eric’s strengths as a football player?
Rush: “I think I’d have to start with No. 1 being his knowledge of the game. He’s definitely got a lot of knowledge of the game and a great ability to recognize plays and that type of deal. And I think No. 2 out of his greatest strengths is his ability to use his speed and quickness mixed with his size to create mismatches on the edge.”
What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?
Rush: “I think the biggest transition, and this is pretty common, but I believe it will be the speed of the game. I think once he recognizes the differences and catches up to the speed against guys that are faster, bigger and stronger than he’s faced, I believe he’ll be just fine and will contribute.”
Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Rush: “I think it all depends on how he grows over the summer and how he gets acclimated to their system. I think he has the athletic ability to play right now.”
Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Rush: “I don’t know really. I think he went up there and really liked the system, liked (Bill Young), liked head coach Mike Gundy and I think those factors really sold the program to him.”
What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Rush: “One of the things I believe he’ll accomplish, and it’s the No. 1 thing, is to get his degree. The second thing, as far as football is concerned, the sky is the limit for that young man. He has the ability to be great. He can be a great pass rusher from the D-end spot and he has tremendous upside. I can’t doubt what he’s capable of.”
What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Rush: “One of the things I’ll remember about Eric is that he was always on the practice field with a smile on his face. He’s always been enthusiastic about the game and he has a great work ethic.”