Cam Thomas Interview
By: Ian Kenyon
April 12, 2010
Ian Kenyon: UNC held their pro day last week, how do you feel you performed there?
Cam Thomas: I felt like I improved. That's what pro-days are for, to show that you've improved from the combine. You basically just want to prove that you did better than the combine. I felt like I did well.

Ian Kenyon: Can you just touch on all of the post-season workouts, between the Senior Bowl and the combine, what has been your favorite part of this process?
Cam Thomas: It's everything, from meeting the new guys, being at the Senior Bowl with the Detroit Lions coaching staff, and meeting the different people. Just everything, there's not anything I can just pick out, the whole thing has been lovely.

Ian Kenyon: You have the ability to play as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or a 3-technique in a 4-3. Where would you prefer to play?
Cam Thomas: It really doesn't matter. At Carolina, I played defense with a 3-4 gap scheme, and then we ran a 4-3 at times. I've played both of them so it really doesn't matter where I play. I just want to play.

Ian Kenyon: What would you say to someone who just looks at the stat sheet and doesn't see all the tackles or sacks, how do you impact the game?
Cam Thomas: At 3-4 nose tackle, you're holding off blockers so the linebackers can make plays. So that's basically what happened at Carolina, it's not always about stats, if I can help other people make plays, that's important too.

Ian Kenyon: There were some high-profile players on that North Carolina defense this year that could have come out early, most notably Bruce Carter, Marvin Austin, and Quan Sturdivant, but all decided to return for next year and obviously you had a chance to go pro early last year. What has Butch Davis done for that program that encourages all of these players to stay for four years?
Cam Thomas: We play for a national championship and going for it all. Playing in a BCS bowl game, that's the main goal for every school, but we emphasize that with Coach Davis and his background, why not go for that? Why not stay the extra year and go for that?

Ian Kenyon: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Cam Thomas: Whatever coach wants me to do. If he wants me to plug up that gap, I'll plug it up. If he wants me to take 2-3 guys, I got them. I'll do whatever I can.

Ian Kenyon: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself or that you try to emulate?
Cam Thomas: I've heard some people say I'm like Albert Haynesworth. That's a good name to go by.

Ian Kenyon: What was your favorite memory at North Carolina?
Cam Thomas: Just the love, the atmosphere around here. Carolina is a true college experience.

Ian Kenyon: What are your plans for draft day?
Cam Thomas: I haven't really thought that far ahead. I have a couple weeks before that comes into play. So right now I'm just working hard and staying in shape.

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