Former University of Alabama center William Vlachos is looking forward to showing Tennessee Titans coaching staff that he deserves a roster spot.
Vlachos was one of 15 players signed by the Titans an undrafted free agent, the most difficult path to travel to make a mark in the NFL.
"I'm going to come in there and compete everyday." Vlachos said, "I consider myself a student of the game, I'm prepared."
The 6-1, 294-pound center was the starter at the position for two years for the Crimson Tide, but did have some time at guard as well.
"I played some guard my first year, but I only started at center." says Vlachos, "I think the coaches see me as more of a center, but I'll play some guard if I need to."
Vlachos, nicknamed “Nach Man,” was also a finalist for last year's Rimington trophy, but eventually lost out to Michigan center David Molk.
"I was shooting for it, and wish I could have won it."Vlachos said, "I was honored to be considered."
As for the nickname, Vlachos says, "It's because of how my last name is spelled, I'm not really sure who started that. It just kind of rolls off your tongue."
Vlachos knows he must make an impression quickly to earn a roster spot at a crowded position that already includes starter Eugene Amano, Fernando Velasco and Kevin Matthews.
Vlachos said he looks forward to learning from offensive line coach Bruce Matthews and head coach Mike Munchak, both of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I'm going to work hard and be like a sponge." Vlachos said, "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to learn from those two guys."