Jan. 22, 2013
By RYAN MILLINOWISCH
After having his rookie campaign cut short due to injury in 2012, Orlando Predators defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock is determined to help the Preds reclaim their position atop the AFL’s South Division. Recently, the Predator’s defensive lineman sat down with AFNation’s Ryan Millinowisch to discuss his injury, new Head Coach Doug Plank, and the outlook for the 2013 Orlando Predators.
RYAN MILLINOWISCH: Thanks for joining me today, Quinn. How are you feeling? Will you be ready for the season opener against the New Orleans VooDoo?
QUINN PITCOCK: Oh, definitely yes. I have been ready for a while now, even though I was only cleared to play this past month. I feel like I am physically ready now for football. Right now I am doing a lot of shoulder strengthening and I feel like I am stronger than I was last season.
RM: Have you set any personal goals for the 2013 season?
QP: Well, one thing that I have been doing is cutting weight. I have lost about 25 pounds now. Last year, I went in mainly playing nose tackle, but due to injuries, I ended up moving to end and had to be the speed guy. I actually did pretty well out there, but at 330 pounds I felt like I was still a little too big to play the end position. This year I wanted to get more speed and be able to get to the quarterback.
RM: There are many new players and a new coaching staff this season with the Predators. How do you feel that will affect the team and you personally?
QP: Last year the team last year had a lot of turnover with both players and coaches during the season. Throughout the season I had 13 different roommates. We didn’t have much team chemistry and camaraderie because we didn’t know who was going to stay and who was going to leave. I feel like Coach Plank is bringing in his guys and he is going to stick with them through thick and thin and I think we will have a really good team this year. We brought back six or seven core guys from last year’s team and hopefully we can get Orlando to where they are used to being, which is in the playoffs.
: What are you expecting from new head coach and fellow Buckeye Doug Plank?
QP: I am expecting everything. He is just a guy that fires you up. He has got that voice and demeanor that really gets you going. He turned Philly’s organization around and I can see him doing that here. I have talked to many Ohio State players that played under him during his time there and they all told me that he is a great coach and that I am going to love him. I am excited to work with him. Plus I know that he wants to stay in Orlando. He has changed his address and he’s moving everything to Florida so he is planning on staying there for a long time. I’m excited for that.
RM: What do the Predators need to do in order to have a successful 2013 season?
QP: In general, we need to improve in all areas. Defense needs to stop more, offense needs to score more and special teams needs to score more points off kick returns and stop the other teams kick returns. It just needs to be an overall thing. Just like in any football, we need to score more points than the other team.
RM: Is there any particular game that you are looking forward to?
QP: The game I’m most excited about is going back to Cleveland because I will get to see a lot of my friends and people from Ohio that I know will be able to come watch me play. It always exciting to have friends come see you play. Also going to Philly will be exciting because of Coach Plank’s history there. That game will be interesting and we will see how that works out.
RM: What are your expectations for the 2013 Predators?
QP: With the guys that we brought back, knowing how hard I took last season’s losses and with how hard we have been training, we should fair well. We are taking this challenge to a whole new level. We are all working extra hard so we don’t have a repeat of last season. I’m excited to see the determination and level of commitment of the players and the coaches.