July 9, 2012

Pierschbacher back from The Opening

As one of only three Class of 2014 prospects invited to The Opening, highly recruited junior Ross Pierschbacher knew that he was going to face stiff competition going up against some of nation's best players a year ahead of him. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Pierschbacher used the event as a learning experience and feels like it gave him some things to work on heading into the season. He talks about his experience at The Opening, how he stacked up individually, and much more.

Q: How did the whole weekend go for you at The Opening?

PIERSCHBACHER: It was crazy. When we got there, they had all of the NFL players there and we had a chance to ask them different questions. Then we got all of our gear and people everywhere were taking our picture like we were celebrities or something. It was pretty neat.

Q: Who were some of the NFL guys you saw or got to hear from?

PIERSCHBACHER: Marshall Faulk, Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson, Ray Rice, Ndamukong Suh, Sean Witherspoon, and Russell Wilson. Then, the Pouncey brothers were the offensive line coaches.

Q: For the offensive linemen, what was the schedule like day to day?

PIERSCHBACHER: We would start at 10-12 each day and do a training camp and one on ones. Then we would have lunch and do different stuff each day after that. Today, we had a championship round since it was the final day, and yesterday we had a bench competition to see how many reps you could do. Then we watched film every day too.

Q: How much weight were you benching and how did you do?

PIERSCHBACHER: It was 185 pounds and I got 19. My bench isn't the best, but I was fine with that compared to some of the other guys. I think 32 won it, but some of the other offensive linemen were lower than me, so I was fine with 19 being a year younger.

Going into his junior year, Pierschbacher currently holds scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Northern Iowa. Other schools showing interest include Oklahoma, Michigan, Stanford, Oregon, and Alabama, among others.

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