What's your fondest memory of playing at Kent State?
GP: When we won the [Mid-American Conference] championship in 1972. The impact that had on the atmosphere of the whole school...I'm very proud to have been a part of [it].
You played with future Hall of Famer Jack Lambert in college. What was he like then?
GP: He was a very tough guy and he liked to have a good time, but he always had his head on straight. I always lied and told everybody that I was the one who knocked his teeth out, but it wasn't really me.
SI: HOW MUCH HAS BLAINE GABBERT MATURED SINCE THE END OF LAST SEASON?
GP: LIKE ANY QUARTERBACK, THERE'S A NATURAL MATURATION. YOU'VE LEARNED A LOT, SEEN MORE THINGS, AND BECAUSE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE LEVEL, YOU CAN TAKE THE NEXT STEP. WE EXPECT HIM TO HAVE A VERY GOOD YEAR.
How has Mizzou gained its recent recruiting foothold in Texas?
GP: Hard work by our staff, earning the trust of high school coaches that we'll develop [their kids] on and off the field. Certainly Danario Alexander being a first-team All-America and Chase Daniel playing in the NFL have been positive for us.