On Wednesday, Wyatt Teller met with the media for the first time in his college career.
On playing defensive tackle instead of defensive end: “I’m going to do whatever the coach wants. Defensive tackle is a little different, but I basically had an idea that I was going to end up at defensive tackle. I was a huge defensive end in high school. It just didn’t fit. I’m not as fast as Gayle, not everybody can do that. Defensive tackle, it’s a little harder, different techniques, that’s about it.”
On his size: “Actually a month ago I was about 253, and I’m 276 now. So 23 pounds…Tech food is the best, I can’t stop eating it! Lots of protein, lots of weight room, and I’m the same speed…I’m just 23 pounds heavier.”
On his weight goal: “If I get faster, then I can put on weight. If I stay at the same speed, then I guess there’s not much I can put on. If you have a guy who is 325 pounds running a 5.0 or a 4.9, then that’s incredible. However much weight I can add and stay the same speed or get faster, that’s what I’m trying to do.”
On possibly playing as a true freshman: “I haven’t really talked to coach [Wiles] about that. There are a lot of great players in front of me. Even the younger guys, they really know the plays. If I learn it, then I think I might have a chance to get a few plays in. If I don’t, then maybe I’ll do better next year. Either way I’m happy to be here.”
On how close his decision was between Tech and UVA: “Oh my gosh…actually I haven’t really told anybody this, but day I was making a decision I didn’t know who I was going to pick. It was 50-50, and I was like oh my gosh I don’t know. I prayed, I called the coaches and said yes or no. That’s basically what happened. I called UVA first and said ‘I don’t think this school’s for me’, and they asked if there was anything they could do to get better. I said ‘nothing, you guys were awesome, I just didn’t fall in love’. I called Tech and made the decision.”
On whether it was a gut feeling: “Really, I woke up that morning and I didn’t know. I walked into my coach’s office and I didn’t know. I called the [UVA] coaches, and I knew.”