However, after given the opportunity to move to slot in the Air Raid offense, Lintz did not fail to impress, and has continued his on the field success through the first few days of fall camp.
"I try not to focus on it," he says of the recent hype. "I try not to get caught up in the press clippings and all of that stuff. Just trying to do what I do, come out here every day and work as hard as I can and get better with my teammates."
Many changes to the Cougars this season, the biggest obviously being a new era of coaching.
What did Lintz think when he discovered Mike Leach would be the Cougs' new head coach? Considering his talent, his answer is surprising.
"I didn't think I was going to play, honestly. I thought I'd either be used a little bit for ten snaps a game at tight end, because he doesn't really use the tight end, or I'd go to defense. The first couple of days of spring ball, I was really surprised; these guys liked my game. Ever since then, I've been trying to be the best player I can be," he said.
In the shadows no more, Lintz continues to work hard and motivate his teammates in anticipation of the Cougars' season kickoff versus BYU, just a few short weeks away.
"[I'm excited about] just getting out there and showing Cougnation what we can do," he said.
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