Russell Bodine played for the North Carolina football team from 2011-13 as an interior offensive lineman. In 2013, his redshirt junior season, Bodine was an All-ACC honorable mention and consistently graded out as one of UNC’s top linemen.
Bodine was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has played every offensive snap for his team over the past two seasons.
Sports Editor Jeremy Vernon spoke to Bodine about his transition from UNC to the NFL, his thoughts on former teammate Giovani Bernard and his decision to leave school early.
The Daily Tar Heel: This will be your third year in the league. How do you think you have transitioned from college?
Russell Bodine: I think the biggest thing for me has been learning terminology and kind of the stuff you’re gonna see, because when we were there under Fedora, it doesn’t really, not to knock it, but it’s different. Going from that spread offense back to the pro-style offense and all the mike points and all that stuff, that’s really been the biggest adjustment. And I think the crazy thing about the NFL is it’s so much technique. You can’t get away — you’re not gonna out-muscle anybody. Everybody’s such good athletes that you really have to rely on that technique to be successful.