October 4, 2006
Guynn earns respect
There was a time only a few years ago when not many appreciated the ferocity of Jermaine Guynn.
A scout team member in 2004, his first season at Purdue after walking on, Guynn made an impression - favorable to his coaches, but not always so to his veteran teammates - by terrorizing the offensive line with an all-out effort not usually seen during a routine fall practice.
One of Purdue's starting offensive lineman, who played both tackle and guard, was so put-off by Guynn that he requested to get more work on the inside so he wouldn't have to deal with the then-defensive end on the outside.
"I was looking to get better, and at the same time I was looking to make my teammates better," Guynn said. "I just loved it because practice time, that was my game day. I didn't have Saturdays; I didn't go in at all (then) and I didn't get any playing time, so Tuesdays and Wednesdays were my game days. I went out and tried to beat the guys up as much as I could.
"I think a lot of people that hated me, but after that year they respected me because they knew what I was doing. It's not really for self recognition; it's for making my teammates better."
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