August 5, 2007
Flowery Branch -- After dominating on the football fields at Westover High School, Albany-native Kurt Quarterman moved on to the University of Louisville, and became a three year starter for the Cardinals.
Quarterman is now in training camp with the Falcons, looking to make the team as an un-drafted free-agent, and the big offensive lineman has a bit of an advantage as he tries to earn a spot on the roster.
A little more than a week into his first NFL training camp, Kurt Quarterman says it's a lot different from college.
"NFL training camp is more technical, more physical," says the 23-year-old lineman. "A lot more physical. It makes you better as a man, for real."
Quarterman was not selected in the NFL draft, instead joining the team as a rookie free agent, and says he has to work even harder to prove he belongs.
"It's more difficult," says Quarterman. "You got to work harder, fight harder for a position. Come in early, learn more of the plays before the others gets there. It's real hard."
Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino says Quarterman has looked good on the second team so far.
"Kurt's competing," says Petrino. "He's doing a nice job for us. He's big and he's physical."
The coach is very familiar with the work of the 6-foot-5, 348 pound offensive lineman, as Petrino coach Quarterman last year at Louisville.
Quarterman says knowing the coaches playbook is a big help.
"I know the plays. He's running kinda the same (from college) so I got them in my head, and it helps me out a lot," Quarterman said.
Petrino added, "He maybe gets ahead because he knows the system, or most of the system, I guess you would say, but he's just gotta keep going. Keep practicing one practice at a day, one day at a time."
Quarterman says he's looking to stay a step ahead.
"Guys in the NFL are pretty smart," says Quarterman, "they catch on quick, so the more they learn, the more I gotta learn."
The Falcons play their first preseason game of the year Friday against the Jets.