KFFL's Michael Egnak recently conducted an interview with Notre Dame linebacker Brandon Hoyte.
Michael Egnak: Where do you expect to go in the NFL Draft?
Brandon Hoyte: Right now, my outlook is wherever the NFL Draft takes me is where I'll go rather than predict anything. That's been my viewpoint since Day 1, and I'm going to stick to that.
ME: Have any teams showed more interest in you than others?
BH: Right now, it's just a variety of teams. What I'm really doing is just making sure I'm ready for camp. I'm not taking anything too seriously until draft day.
ME: Are you scheduled to visit with any teams between now and the draft?
BH: No, just looking now.
ME: Do you think you improved your draft stock with your performance at the NFL Combine and at your Pro Day?
BH: Yes, I think thing went well at my Pro Day as well as the practice at the East-West game. I think it was a chance for me to showcase that I can play with the top players in the country. I just look forward to seeing what happens on draft day.
ME: For fans who aren't familiar with you, what characteristics do you bring on and off the field that you want them to know about you?
BH: I think the biggest thing is work ethic. I know that the one thing I learned is to have that blue-collar mentality and to be able to strap up and go out there and just play hard. I keep that old-school mentality and let things figure themselves out. But I make sure that the work I put in is just and that I earn everything I get.
ME: Is there a specific team you would like to play or a certain area of the country you prefer to live in?
BH: Any team that is in the NFL, preferably.
ME: Is there a favorite team you have?
BH: I'm an East Coast kid, but I just grew up loving football. Everyone has their favorite teams. It's funny, as you become a player, how much of a fan of every other team you become.
ME: What do you feel are your strengths that help set you apart from the competition?
BH: The way I view myself is I'm just a player who goes out there and takes every natural athletic ability he has and by hard work and listening to my coaches, I'm able to take it to the next level. I'm not one to sit here and judge any other players or compare myself. I leave that for critics and leave that for coaches to do. My job is to go out there and play to the highest level of my ability.
ME: What areas do you feel you still need to improve at?
BH: I would say all-around. I don't think I've reached my potential yet. I think that's a good thing, being a young player going in to the NFL. They're getting an individual who's potentially on the upside and who would continue to work hard.
ME: What have you been doing to improve in certain areas?
BH: I've been doing a lot of drill-work with Mike Joseph; he's my trainer here. He's doing an unbelievable job putting me through workouts, making sure my change of direction is on point and helping me with every area. I think the biggest thing I'm doing right now is my concentration on running. I understand that special teams will be a high point of my NFL career, so I want to make sure I can go all day and run all day.
ME: What did Charlie Weis and his staff bring to the table that allowed Notre Dame to win more games than the past two seasons?
BH: I think one of the things that coach Weis did that I though was very good was he brought the concept of team. I think a lot of NFL teams right now are understanding what the (New England) Patriots are doing and how they're winning championships. From his point of view and from what I've seen, he brought that concept of team to us and everyone buys in to one purpose. It wasn't about a bunch of superstars on one team - it was a bunch of guys working hard to accomplish one goal.
ME: Did he bring a lot of confidence to the locker room, having a Super Bowl coach there?
BH: Yes, I think that what he brought more so with the mindset of that attitude of team-first. And when we started winning, I think that confidence in him naturally developed.