Texans, Garret Wallow encouraged by his progress

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The athletic fifth-round draft pick took advantage of the opportunity as he played 25 percent of defensive playing time. Wallow didn’t look out of place in the base defense.

Wallow learned shortly before kick-off that he would be playing more defense thanks to coach David Culley.

“It’s crazy,” Wallow said. “Just when we were doing some team stuff and the coach said, ‘Hey, if anybody’s tired you have my word. “I was excited, I was like ‘cool’, but it’s just a full man mentality, something that just comes with preparation.

“You never know when your number is going to be called and you never know when your name is going to be called, so always be ready and always aware and alert.”

Signed on a four-year, $ 3.775 million rookie deal that includes a signing bonus of $ 295,884, Wallow has made 287 career tackles, 32 ½ for losses and 9 ½ sacks in college. Wallow ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds during the Horned Frogs campus pro day practice, where he pressed 225 pounds 22 times and performed a 32½-inch vertical jump, a wide jump of 10-2, a short shuttle of 4.12 and a 6.87. three-cone drill.

Wallow made 90 tackles last season, including nine for a loss and three sacks, five quarterback hits and three forced fumbles.

He mainly played in special teams as a rookie.

“Starting definitively with special teams earlier in the season has been a good experience for growth,” said Wallow. “I have come a long way since the first day I set foot in this establishment. It was funny because me and (Special Teams Assistant Coach Sean Baker) were just talking about day one of the rookie minicamp and how far we’ve come.

“There is definitely a more standard now that I see for myself with this team, with the vets in the room, seeing how they behave. Kind of like the standard on how I know I have to stand up too. In a way, to learn every day and to grow every day and to become better and better. That being said, it’s fine for where I am, but just keep growing and uplifting.

With an opportunity ahead of him, Wallow is determined to capitalize on that chance.

“I think we all really took the same approach, keep doing our best, doing what we can to help the team in any way we can, and that’s kind of my mentality all year round.” , Wallow said. “Just plan to keep that mentality for the rest of the season. Really, come every day, prepare myself as hard as I can mentally and physically and just be able to do my best. Having guys like Christian (Kirksey) and Kamu (Grugier-Hill) and older veterans in the room helps with that, also brings a lot of mental confidence, playing alongside them. I just have to make the most of it and give the best of myself.

Wallow also focuses on getting stronger and doing whatever it takes to be as physically ready as possible.

“Just things that you want to do nutritionally, lift, more physically, body, just try to grow strength: strengthen your legs, your upper body and whatever. you can to be more physical at this level, ”he said. noted. “It’s just with anyone, I think, that comes in.” We all need to develop our bodies. Most people say that players develop their bodies more in Grades 1 through 2, and that’s true. You have to develop your body to last a long time in this league. Your body needs strength to last in any game in this league.

“I would say when I got there I was a lot lighter than I thought. Really, (strength and conditioning) coach Mike Eubanks does a great job with me and his strength team. We go to work out everyday, work hard, and it has really helped me grow physically in the weight room. I have Ladd (Harris) and Jacob (Mertens) and the nutritionists to help me out and make sure my diet is right, eating right, and getting the right nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, everything in my body for make sure I have energy and make sure I’m at my best.

Although the Texans are off to a 2-10 start, Wallow remains convinced he’s part of something good that will become a lasting base.

“My feeling is the same as it was the first day I was happy to be here,” Wallow said. “I knew we had something special here and I always think we have something special here. We have a bunch of guys who are locked up, a bunch of guys who, no matter what, come to work every day and do their best.

“Honestly, coming to work is a blessing because you have guys who have been in sport for a long time and still bring the same energy to training, the same enthusiasm to training every day. After being in the league for many years, I have guys like that to look up to. I have guys like that to grow up, so my impression is always the same. I think very hard about this organization and believe in this organization as much as anyone else in the building industry.


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