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Mike Thomas conference call transcript


The following is a transcript of Mike Thomas' conference call with the Jacksonville Media following his selection in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

(on the last undersized player that was drafted by the Jaguars from the Pac-10, Maurice Jones-Drew, being pretty good. What are your expectations?) "The sky is the limit for me. Obviously I know there are some intangibles that I possess and I know the blessings that the Lord has given me. I'm there to play ball. I have been playing since I was five. I feel like I have a real knack for just making plays. I'm ready, I'm determined. I want to get in the league and stick. I want to get with the Jaguars and stick. I'm real excited. I'm ready to get to work."

(on if this is about where you thought you would get drafted) "It's a little lower. The draft is crazy and you never really know how it's going to work out. Obviously I had expectations for myself and I know I worked hard to put myself in the position to get drafted earlier than this. You take your cards and you play them. Things work out how they are going to work out. I don't have any control over what happened. I'm honored and I think it's a real blessing."

(on Maurice Jones-Drew coming in here unhappy because he felt like he was downsized because of his size and if you have that same type of feeling) "Definitely. I think it's going to fuel my fire inside. I've always even at Arizona got knocked down for being 5'8, 5-7 or whatever you want to call it, something that is out of my control. I definitely think that is going to spark my fuse and it's already sparked my fuse. I'm just ready to get going."

(on what you did at the Senior Bowl that caught the Jaguars eye) "I was just being myself, doing what I usually do. Just playing ball and obviously they saw some things in me they liked. To be wanted by a team and I honestly feel like they want me and they are going to try and utilize me as much as possible. I really feel that and I wouldn't rather be in any other place."

(on if the Jaguars are a perfect fit and to be able to play with Torry Holt) "To come in and have a model like that (Torry Holt), it's going to be amazing. I'm going to get right under his armpit and soak as much information from him as I can and watch him every day. I hope he takes me in as one of his little brothers, just try to teach me the way. I'm going to be like a little sponge and I couldn't ask for any more."

(on if you are going to be a little bit of a fresh air for the wide receivers in Jacksonville) "I hope so. I'm just going to come in and be myself and try to get accepted. I'm trying to be accepted into the family. I'm going to be myself and try to have fun and live and learn and everything I need to do."

(on if you returned kicks into college) "I did kickoffs here and there. I did punt returns my last year in college."

(his agent) "Ron Slaven."

(on where he grew up) "I grew up in Dallas, Texas."

(on why you chose Arizona) "The Stoops' brothers , I was always kind of intrigued with their history. I knew I had a chance to go to Arizona and start right away. It's the Pac-10, obviously a strong conference. I was just ready to get out of Texas. At the time the Big 12 wasn't really popping the way it has been the last couple of years. I was ready for a change so I went to the west coast. It worked out good for me there."

(on if anyone in your family plays football) "No. I am the first one, the starter of a legacy. I have one little brother. He plays basketball. He is a little hoops star. He is my height already and he's eleven years old."

(on if he is 5'8 or 5'7) "I'm 5'8, 5'9 on a good day."

(on if he has missed a game in his career) "I don't think I have missed a game."

(any injuries) "I had a broken hand toward the last game of the season but that is it."

(on if you are proud to be the Pac-10's all-time receiver) "Yes. It's a great little attribute to have on your resume as far as records. I'm pleased to be that guy."

(on what Eben Britton's is like) "I think the team, coaches and everybody will love Eben. He's a great guy, a leader. As o-linemen, it starts with them. I think he is everything an o-linemen needs to be and much more."

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