April 11, 2009
Written/compiled by David Yancey
Cornerback Kamaron Riley is going to be a redshirt freshmen for the Yellow Jackets in the fall. The Hawkinsville, Ga. native has been described as a naturally gifted athlete, and a player with tremendous potential this season. Recently, we got a chance to sit down with Kamaron and ask him about some of the things he learned from redshirting, how he succeeds as a student-athlete at Tech, and about his cousin in the NFL.
Q: Last year you redshirted. What are some of things you learned from that process?
A: I learned how to take on the cut-blocks. Also, I learned the triple option that Coach Johnson uses.
Q: I know you are anxious about being able to play in Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall? What are some of things that you are trying to work on this spring?
A: I am trying to work on just getting better. Basically by getting low, breaking on the ball, having good ball skills, and learning the defense.
Q: Who are some older teammates that have made your transition to the football team easier?
Q: By playing cornerback and receiver in high school, do you think you have an advantage over other corners because you also think like a receiver?
A: Absolutely, I know the routes and how they cut. That will help me out a lot.
Q: What is the difference in overall game preparation and conditioning from high school to college?
A: It is a whole lot different. I mean its crazy, with the atmosphere and everything!
Q: Being a student-athlete at Georgia Tech is like working two full-time jobs. What are some tricks you use to stay on top of everything?
A: Definitely time management. The transition from high school to college is a whole lot different.
Q: What made you choose Georgia Tech over Vanderbilt, Indiana, and your other choices?
A: It felt like home at Tech. I felt like I could come here and play a major role in helping the team out.
Q: I know your cousin Charles Johnson played at Georgia and now plays for the Carolina Panthers. Are you two close, even with the rivalry?
A: Yes, I talk to him a lot. He always picks at me about Georgia Tech, but we are cool.
Q: What is has been your favorite experience at Tech so far?
A: Just being able to play college football.
Q: What is your favorite professional sports team?
A: I have to go with my cousin and the Carolina Panthers.