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Fan Q&A: Cam Thomas

Posted Jul 31, 2010

Fifth-round pick and defensive tackle Cam Thomas reveals the source of his nickname, his focus as a rookie and what he thinks of the defensive scheme.

Tipping the scale at 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, Cam Thomas has the physique to develop into a nose guard.

Drafted in the fifth round, the Chargers hope Thomas can impact what already is a strong defensive line.

Thomas led a North Carolina defense that became the top-ranked unit in the ACC last season. Predominantly a run stopper in college, the Chargers look at Thomas as a young player with the potential to become a part of the defensive line.

He spoke with Chargers.com on Friday to answer your questions.

Philip Jones; Phoenix, Ariz.

Where did you get the nickname Baby Godzilla?

Somebody on Twitter posted a picture of a baby Godzilla and mentioned I should change my name to that.

Jared Cox; Bremerton, Wash.

What contributions do you expect to bring in your first year as a Charger?

Plug the gap, push the pocket, and that’s basically what they want me to do.

Adam Arballo; Escondido, Calif.

How has your relocation come along, and did you find a nice home to live in?

I’m loving San Diego right now, but I am still trying to find a house.

Eddie Zamora; Rialto, Calif.

What is the best workout you can do to get bigger, stronger, and faster?

Anything that will get me bigger, faster, and stronger.

Shane D.; Santa Fe, N. M.

During the draft, how was it waiting for your name to be called, and what did you feel when you knew you were going to become a Charger?

It was stressful, but it was good. It was a great opportunity, and in the end it’s, not where you start it’s, how you finish.

Marco Platero; Ensenada, Mexico.

What are your goals for your rookie season?

Each day just get a little better.

Fred Bunge; Albuquerque, N.M.

What has been the toughest part of preparing yourself for your first NFL season?

There is some physical toughness, but basically it’s all mental.

Paul Noga; Las Vegas, Nev.

Have you had a chance to meet with defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and get a feeling about what he wants from you individually?

Basically he told me to work on using my hands and just focus on the mental part of the game.

Eric Simmons; Brighton, Mich.

How are you adjusting to the 3-4?

It’s no different than Carolina. It’s a Texas-style defense, smell blood in the water and go get it, kind of like a shark.

Jared Dobecki; Hollister, Calif.

What have you enjoyed more, North Carolina’s pulled pork sandwiches, or California’s In-N-Out burger?

I haven’t tried In-N-Out burger yet, so I can’t really make a fair decision.

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