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Provo - Ross Apo came to BYU with plenty of hype. The All-American receiver was ranked as the No. 13 receiver in the country by Rivals.com. He spurned Texas and announced his commitment to BYU at the same press conference as his close friend Jake Heaps. The 6-3, 200 pound freshman would miss all but one game of the 2010 season with a dislocated finger. Now, in 2011, he is healthy and ready to prove that he was worthy of the hype.
I had a chance to catch up with Ross and ask him about his health, his relationship with Jake Heaps and living up to the expectations of fans.
JJ: You had injuries you had to deal with last year. How frustrating was last season?
Ross: It was bad. That's the first time I've had to miss a season since I started playing football. It was bad and it was good because I got to get into the film room. I got to learn a lot of things. Now I come out here and I know all the plays and I can just play my game so it worked out. I made the most of it.
JJ: Are you 100 percent healthy now?
Ross: Yeah, everything's good.
JJ: With that said, how excited are you to get out there and prove what you can do this fall?
Ross: Oh, I can't wait. I've been working out hard. I'd be at work, ready to leave work, to go work out. I just can't wait. It's going to be fun.
JJ: You and Jake are close, you are good friends. You've also developed a pretty nice chemistry as you've worked out. How excited are you now to get a chance to play together and get a chance to bring that chemistry out on the field?
Ross: Oh, I'm excited. He's probably one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. Anywhere I run he's going to put the ball there. I can't wait. We had a couple good plays today too. I'm excited.
JJ: You know him as good as anybody. How much of a difference have you seen in him from year one to year two?
Ross: Oh, a big difference. Last year he kind of struggled in the beginning and then towards the end they kind of gave him the ball and said just play your game and throw it and now he's confident. He's just running around here slinging it around. He barely throws interceptions and when it's incomplete it's usually a drop. I'm very excited for him.
JJ: You're a gifted athlete and fans are excited to see what you can do. There's a lot of expectations for you. How much expecations do you have of yourself?
Ross: Probably a lot more than people have for me. I always try to set the bar high for myself and I've done that my whole life and it's got me here so I'm gonna have to work hard to prove people wrong this season.