Andy Janovich – or “Jano” – is perhaps the most well-known fullback in the NFL. The tough Nebraska product has developed quite the following during his short time in Denver, and he took a few minutes during a training camp to speak with us. Luckily, our recording device didn’t meet the same fate as many of his facemasks.
Aric DiLalla: Going into your second year, what do you think is going to change the most for you?
*Andy Janovich: *“[It’s the] same mentality, just go downhill, hit linebackers and win games. It’s pretty simple.”
AD: How does the role of the fullback change in Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy’s offense?
AJ: “There’s a lot more formations that I’m put in, a little bit more in the pass game. But the run is fairly the same.”
AD: What sort of change has that been for you?*
AJ: “A little different, because I’m not a guy that they usually ask to run a whole bunch of routes. So working on that’s a little different for me.”
AD: What’s it been like to keep Running Backs Coach/Assistant Head Coach Eric Studesville as a holdover from the previous staff?
AJ: "It’s great. I know what to expect with him. He’s a great coach, I’ve heard from a lot of guys around the league that their coaches don’t do what he does, like give them cut ups for game days and just all the extra stuff that he gives us about linebackers in film study. He goes above and beyond."
AD: What’s been the best thing he’s taught you?
AJ: “He knows exactly what to look for, how to diagnose a play, what the linebacker’s running. He’s really good about that.”
AD: During training camp, Special Teams Coordinator Brock Olivo raved about your work ethic. How’d it feel to have a coach talk about you like that?
AJ: “I thought it was pretty cool -- coming out here every day just working and knowing that it’s not going unnoticed. It makes you feel good about yourself.”
AD: How is it different playing under Olivo than it was to play for former special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis?
AJ: “Great. [Olivo is] a little different than Joe D. He doesn’t yell as much. He just talks to you. He’ll walk you through a play if you don’t understand it. He’s a great coach and I enjoy having him here.”
AD: You’ve gathered a bit of a cult following here in Denver. What’s it been like to see the fans adopt you the way they have?*
AJ: “Any time you get fan support, it’s great. That’s what you’re out here for is playing for fans. They appreciate everything that you do, everything that you put in. When they appreciate that, it’s pretty awesome. It reminds me a little bit of [my alma mater] Nebraska. Nebraska loves the fullback too, so it’s awesome.”
AD: Where does that appreciation for the fullback come from?
AJ: “I really, I don’t know what it is. But it’s got to start with a touchdown. After I scored against Wisconsin, people went nuts about that, because they never give the fullback the ball. So I think they saw that and got pretty excited, like they were back in the '90s.”
AD: Against Kansas City last year in Week 12, you suffered an ankle injury during the first series and stayed in the rest of the game. From both a mental and physical perspective, what was that game like for you?
AJ: “It’s tough to come out. I’ve never actually had torn ligaments in my ankle. I just thought I sprained my ankle. It’s hard to say, ‘Man, I should pull myself.’ But looking back at the film, I should’ve, because I wasn’t really going full speed. I couldn’t do my job as well as I could’ve. They could’ve put somebody in there to do a better job. Looking back, I probably should’ve come out.”