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Transcript: Punter Jamie Gillan

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/22/2022 9:43 pm
Punter Jamie Gillan

Q: They said they might bring in a kicker next week. Are you disappointed?

A: (Laughs) I'm just here to hold and punt. If they need any more field goals from me again, I'll be there waiting.

Q: Are the muscles you need and technique you need – obviously it's different. So, could there be a concern that if they ask you to be the kicker for another week or so, that could mess up with the punting or mess your body up in some way?

A: No. I have a good routine going every day to take care of my body. We've got a great training staff here and a phenomenal weight room staff, so it's really my job to stay on top of my body to keep it running smoothly. Because as we saw yesterday, anything can happen in a game. I can't say on the sideline, 'Oh no, I can't kick because I'm using different muscles.' I'm just going to go out there and kick it, right. If that was asked of me for this week, then I'll do it. I'll do anything for this team and whatever (Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey) Coach T-Mac wants me to do and (Head Coach Brian Daboll) Coach Daboll wants me to do, I'll do it.

Q: What was the best comment, or the most fun comment that you got from your teammates last night after the game? I mean you won by three points, and you had a field goal and an extra point.

A: Everybody was laughing. Super happy. I guess people forgot or didn't know that I kicked in college and stuff. Everybody was very happy. We had a good giggle afterwards. I was very focused on doing my job, though, when I was out there to make the kick. (Safety Julian Love) J Love did a great job holding.

Q: Did you have a chance to talk to (Kicker) Graham (Gano)? I know he's in the protocol; I was just wondering how he's doing from your perspective and if he had any comments about your performance last night?

A: Graham's doing great. He's a great human being, a great player, an awesome veteran to be around. I told him when I came off – we were chatting on the sidelines and stuff. After the game he gave me a big high five and hug thing and was just saying, 'Good job,' and I'm just really looking forward to him coming back. I channeled my inner Graham on the kickoffs because he's super smooth when he kicks it, so when I was back there and I took my little five, six back I was thinking, 'Just kick it smooth. Hit the sweet spot, and the ball should fly.' He was very happy for me and he's ready to get back out there.

Q: Is there anything Julian can't do? I know it's kind of your first year here, but he's played nickel, outside cornerback, safety. He's pretty much played every position you can play on defense. Now, he's the holder. Have you had a teammate like that before that you could compare him to?

A: I'm going to say he can't golf very well (laughs). No, he's a good golfer. Maybe we should line him up for a couple of field goals this week too, see if he can get all of them – long snap, hold. Check all of the boxes for the year for him, right? I haven't met a teammate like him to be able to do everything like that. We were literally on the sideline looking at each other and I was teaching him how to hold. Maybe three holds later, he had it down. I just said, 'Don't worry about the laces. We'll poke it through.' He nailed it. A great athlete.
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