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Off the Turf with Scurf: Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 4, 2012 – 1:02 pm

Episode seven of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin and play-by-play announcer Marc Vandermeer.

Barwin, who led the Texans with 11.5 sacks in 2011, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The 2009 second-round draft pick out of Cincinnati talks about the first week of training camp; entering his second year as an outside linebacker; the draining daily grind of camp; riding a bicycle to work and driving a Toyota Prius; the Texans’ wave of injury scares this week; a tweet he sent to defensive end J.J. Watt’s “semi-internet crush”; his active use of Twitter, which resulted in the Texans defense’s “Bulls on Parade” nickname and a local street artist painting a mural on the wall of his downtown apartment; whether he considers himself a hipster; showing up to camp with a “Gary Kubiak haircut”; how hard it was to let go of his old “Cosmo Kramer” hairstyle; which NFL tight end he would compare himself to; his career as a walk-on basketball player at Cincinnati, including the infamous game in which he shut down Greg Oden; how he was born deaf; his thoughts on playing in a contract year; the extra work he put in this offseason; and how the Texans’ front seven has a collegiate feel.

Vandermeer, the “Voice of the Texans” since 2002 and the team’s new director of radio broadcasting, discusses the excitement level at training camp compared to years past; his new role with the Texans; the upcoming lineup of Texans Radio programming; impressions from the first week of camp; specific players who have impressed him; what Barwin might be capable of in 2012; what it was like to see the Texans finally make the playoffs last season; the art of broadcasting, including how he prepares for games and whether he practices making calls in front of the mirror; his thoughts on Andre Johnson, whom he also covered at the University of Miami; and what he’s looking to see in the Texans’ first preseason game at Carolina next Saturday.

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode One: J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode Two: Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode Three: Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode Four: Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode Five: Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode Six: James Casey
Episode Seven: Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer

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