Exclusive Interview: RB Marcus Thomas

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler goes one-on-one with Chargers fifth-round pick Marcus Thomas. The powerful running back from UTEP talks about learning the playbook, being star-struck in San Diego and rushing for seven touchdowns in a single game. Find out what else he says in this exclusive Q&A.

Click here for the "Insiders only" portion of this interview, where Thomas talks about spelling LaDainian Tomlinson, competing with Jacob Hester and doing whatever it takes to "win with the Chargers."

Michael Kranzler: How has the transition to the pros gone so far?

Marcus Thomas: It started off pretty slow. I was still kind of star-struck for the first couple weeks, coming here and seeing L.T. and Shawne Merriman and Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. It kind of started off slow, but this week and last week, I've been getting more reps and I've been doing a lot better.

MK: Is it difficult to learn Coach Norv Turner's offensive system?

MT: At first, yes, because they wanted every single play added at one time. At practice, at the hotel, I study my playbook all day and all night. After a while, you catch on and then it makes practice slow down.

MK: Have any of the veterans helped you out in learning the playbook?

MT: Yeah, Darren Sproles. He pulled me aside to tell me what I need to do here and what I need to do there.

MK: Are there any of your Chargers teammates with whom you hang out a lot off of the field?

MT: Yeah, mostly rookies. We all hang out. Nothing too wild, just kicking back a little bit.

MK: Have any of the veterans started to really stand out as leaders on the field to you yet?

MT: L.T., Darren Sproles, Philip Rivers. Those three have helped out on the offensive side. I'm not sure on the defensive side because I'm not really over there.

MK: In high school you had a 426-yard, seven-touchdown game. How does that sort of performance happen?

MT: [Laughing] I don't know. I just felt really good that game and the coaches kept handing me the ball and I just kept running.

MK: What do feel you need to improve on in order to maximize your chances of seeing the field in the fall?

MT: I need to understand the playbook like the back of my hand and work on my pass protection.

Click here for the "Insiders only" portion of this interview, where Thomas talks about spelling LaDainian Tomlinson, competing with Jacob Hester and doing whatever it takes to "win with the Chargers."

Click here for an exclusive interview with UTEP running backs coach Jeff Banks, who talks about Thomas' upright running style and his ability to get better over time.

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