Caught up with Yo, who is making an impact as a rookie on special teams with the Baltimore Ravens. He scored his first NFL touchdown last week against the Arizona Cardinals, a 75-yard punt return.
1. Was the debut what you’d expect it to be? What about the touchdown?
(The debut) was pretty good. Everything was discplined, there was great blocking. Of course, the speed of the game was faster. (On the touchdown) The play was dialed a little different, but that’s the NFL. They over-pursued a little bit. Devard (Darling) had a good block and Ed Reed had a good block to spring me.
2. Explain the differences between Bill Snyder, Ron Prince and now Brian Billick.
They’re three different head coaches. It’s crazy. But it all boils down to the same thing — getting the players to play. Coach Snyder was the most different. He knew all aspects of the game, but he had a different way. He was more of a coach’s coach. Prince? He’s a people’s coach, a player’s coach and a coach’s coach. … They each have their own way, but they all get their point across.
3. Who’s faster, you or Devin Hester? There’s history there, right?
We were in the same conference in high school (J-Mart note: Hester went to Suncoast High in Riviera Beach, Fla., and Figurs attended Westwood High in Fort Pierce) in football and track. I’m faster. It was proven. We ran in state track meet against each other and I won. It’s on paper. I think he’d agree.
4. Did the Texas game essentially get you drafted?
No. When I visited other teams before the draft, they showed me film from other games, tackles I made on special teams. … It was my all-around play, how I did as a wide receiver. The more you can do, the better.
5. Are you coming back to Manhattan for the Baylor game? It’s the Ravens’ bye week.
Yeah, I’ll be back for the Baylor game. (J-Mart note: I asked, on the sideline?) Yeah.
There it is, the third installment. I’m looking for future "Fives," so keep the suggestions coming. The questions, too. I used a few that were submitted and a few of my own.