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Draft Transcript: Luke Bowanko


CENTER LUKE BOWANKO (What was your reaction like, what's it like there?) "It's pretty hectic. When I got the call it was just me and my parents and my little brother, and the dog. The dog didn't have any idea of what was going on. It's pretty exciting right now."

(So pretty low-key, just sitting around all day?) "Yeah, me and my dad went out and played some golf. It's pretty relaxing, a good day up here for it, not too sunny. It's been a relaxing day, just hanging out."

(So did the dog freak out when you guys freaked out when the call came?) "Yeah, we had to put him outside because he really didn't know what was going on. He was barking and going crazy."

(What is the dog's name?) "Bandit."

(On competing for the center job) "I feel like I bring a hard work ethic and determination that was bred into me at a young age. I was going into today, no matter what the outcome was, I was hoping for a chance to get somewhere and compete and make the team better. That was my outlook today so I was stoked to get the call from Coach Butkus, and it's really just been a great day so far."

(On relationship with Austin Pasztor) "He shot me a text, it's been a little crazy, just congratulating me. I've always looked up to Austin; I played with him my first year starting and he's kind of role model for me. I'm excited to get down there and play with him again, he's a great dude."

(On disappointment from not being invited to combine) "Yeah, it's little things like that in life that kind of put a chip on your shoulder and make you work a little harder. In the grand scheme of things, I'm not worried about it, just hopefully can prove someone wrong and show them that maybe I should have been there."

(On why he thinks he wasn't rated higher) "I try not to get in the minds of the guys who know what they're doing. Hopefully they were wrong on me. But, like I said, I had a great time at Virginia and felt like I put my best tape out there and obviously Jacksonville thought something looked pretty good on it, and that's all that really matters to me right now."

(On scouts maybe not appreciating him playing more than one position) "I don't want to try to get in the mind of the scouts. They're evaluating a ton of guys and they've been doing it a long time. They get paid a lot of money to do what they do and I respect their opinions and it just happened to be there were guys ahead of me that they wanted to see at the Combine and that just is what it is. Hopefully I can prove them wrong."

(On looking for undrafted free agent spots if not drafted) "My phone was ringing and I was in contact with my agent just looking at rosters and seeing where the best possible fit might be for me. We were hoping it wouldn't come to that and thankfully it didn't and I'm excited to be a Jaguar."

(Was Jacksonville on your radar following Brad Meester's retirement?) "Yeah, and they had me down for a pre-draft visit a couple of weeks ago. That was a day trip but it was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of the personnel in the office. That kind of put them on the radar and there's great energy around there, and I've heard a lot through Austin about that staff and how they do things. I'm really excited to be a part of it."

(Have you ever played for someone like Gus?) "It might've been my last hockey coach when I was a little pee-wee, but he is high-energy and it's real exciting. He had me for five or ten minutes in his meeting room and I was ready to run through a wall when I was done, so I'm excited to get in there."

(How'd you go from hockey to football?) "I didn't really play football until high school. It was hockey and basketball growing up and hockey is an expensive hobby. So mom and dad kind of pushed me towards basketball and a 6'-6" white guy who can't jump a lick doesn't really make it too far in basketball, so the natural progression was for football."

(On life in Virginia) "The D.C. area. I was born and raised in Maryland and lived in Virginia the last 10-12 years."

(Do they play much hockey in Virginia? I didn't think there was big hockey there) "That's the thing, it's low-key but it lets good athletes like me kind of dominate a little bit."

(Not a lot of competition in hockey?) "I could wear my jersey in fourth grade and tell the girls I was pretty good and they wouldn't know any better."

(Do you have any siblings?) "Yeah, I'm in the middle of two brothers."

(Do they play?) "No, they're past their athletic primes but I think live vicariously through me."

(Did your dad play?) "He was a basketball and tennis player up in Frostburg State in college. Kind of a skinnier guy but never got into football

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