7 Points With Tyjuan Hagler
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Posted Nov 10, 2006

Weakside linebacker Tyjuan Hagler has been getting the opportunity to contribute on special teams the past two weeks -- and has already been credited with five tackles by the team. Ed Thompson talked to him this week about his progress...

Ed Thompson: It's been a while since we've talked. How do you feel you've been doing as the season's been progressing for you?

Tyjuan Hagler: It's been going really well…our record is 8-0 and we're doing well. The first six weeks were kind of tough for me because I was inactive, but the last two games I've been playing quite a bit on special teams. I'm really enjoying the season, being out there and getting the experience and exposure I need.

ET: Where have you primarily been seeing action on special teams?

TH: I've been on punt return and kickoff return. It's a tough job running down the field on special teams; they say one special teams play is like three defensive plays. It's quite tiring, but if that's how I have to get on the field, I'm going to do it to the best of my ability.

ET: Where are you lining up on punt returns?

TH: I'm lining up at right tackle. It's one of the easiest jobs on the field during punt return I just block my guy all the way down the field. It's simple to do, but if it gets me on the field I love it.

ET: You had a big tackle last week on special teams. Can you tell us about that play?

TH: It was the opening kickoff of the game. I just ran down the field and the guys just left me unblocked, so I just ran to the ball. Laurence Maroney tried to block me, but I just ran through him and made the tackle. That helped set the tone for the game. I also had a couple of assists, I just got to the ball and helped my team out as much as I could.

ET: You guys did a great job containing Maroney on kickoffs last week.

TH: Oh yeah, it was definitely a blessing. Our coach told us at the beginning of the week that he was leading the NFL in kick returns, so we knew we had our work cut out for us. But we got the job done and got the "W".

ET: How's weakside linebacker going for you. Are you getting more comfortable there?

TH: Oh yeah, the more I practice and play there, the more comfortable I get. I work hard everyday in practice. I prepare like I'm going to play in the game because I could be only one play away from getting into the game.

ET: And that's really been true the last couple of weeks with Keith O'Neil out. You're the next guy in line if Cato June needs to come out. Are you ready for that if it should happen?

TH: Oh, I'm definitely ready. I prepare each and every week and I know the game plan, so if my number's called I'll be ready.

Check back Saturday evening for our Colts Q&A with Tyjuan Hagler where he'll talk about what it was like in the locker room after the win against the Patriots, preparing for the Buffalo Bills, and more!

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