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Transcript: Bradie Ewing Conference Call


On what he brings to the table at the fullback position:

"I think I'm a very versatile player. I think, obviously, I can do all the things the traditional fullback can do, as far as blocking from the backfield and all that stuff. But I think I have phenomenal hands. I can catch out of the backfield, I can be split out and I can play special teams. Even in a crunch, I think I could play some running back. I did that in college and in high school, so I think my versatility."

On joining C/G Peter Konz, a former Wisconsin teammate, with the Falcons:

"Pete Konz is a great guy. Obviously, very excited to continue our careers together and be a part of the Falcons' organization."

On how the Falcons plan to use him in the offensive attack:

"I just got a chance to talk to the coaches a little bit. Obviously, they called me for the draft pick. We were just very excited; just kind of shared our thoughts and our excitement and looking forward to the future. But we didn't really talk much about game plan, but I'm excited to get into the playbook and go from there."

On his lead blocking ability:

"I think it goes back to our team's success and having the ability to have that success this past year. To be voted a team captain and be developed by our coaches, it's just incredible to be in this situation and to be heading to Atlanta."

On his hometown:

"I'm from Richland Center, Wisconsin, a small town about an hour west of Madison, Wisconsin, where the University is located."

On whether he walked on at Wisconsin:

"I did. I walked on to the University of Wisconsin as a running back and then was converted to a fullback and earned a scholarship after my second year. So, it's been a great journey."

On when he received his scholarship:

"I got it going into my third year, so I walked on for two years and I was on scholarship for two years as a fullback."

On what he feels he can bring to the Falcons:

"Like I said earlier, I'm just a versatile guy. I think I can do all the things as a fullback. Obviously, drafting me as a fullback, I can block. I can catch. I can split out as a receiver. I think it's my versatility and I'm just excited to get down there."

On what helped him build his leadership skills:

"I think it's just staying consistent to who I am and the way I've been raised and everything I believe in. I think I've done that since I was at Wisconsin. Hopefully, guys recognized that and I've been able to just be a good leader both vocally and non-vocally. I think, also, my play kind of speaks for itself and I think the coaches kind of bred that into us at Wisconsin. I think it just developed throughout my career."

On Wisconsin's short-yardage package:

"It was good. We're a power offense and we had 23-personnel. We run some power plays. I'm excited. I love doing that short-yardage. Everyone's in the box and that's a fun time."

On the toughest linebacker he faced in the Big 10:

"Not one sticks out to me but I know that Ohio State linebackers, Michigan State linebackers are overall great defenses and great linebacking cores. I'd say those two teams."

On Wisconsin's trip to the Rose Bowl last season:

"The Rose Bowl is awesome. It's a great experience. Obviously, we got there two years in a row and didn't really capitalize on the opportunity with a win. But, overall, it was a great experience to experience with the coaches and the team. Some great memories that I'll never forget."

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