B.J. Daniels: “I’m just trying to learn how to tie my shoes right now.”

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ seventh round pick, quarterback B.J. Daniels, spoke to Bay Area reporters Saturday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.

Q: What’s your first impression of the 49ers’ play book?

DANIELS: It looks like a dictionary. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. It’s good reads. I’m doing whatever I can to make sure I get it done.

Q: Are there concepts in there that you did in college?

DANIELS: Yeah. There are similarities. Football is football. The only thing I’m trying to learn now is the terminology. It’s like speak a whole other language. That’s what I’m trying to adjust to right now.

Q: How many snaps did you take under center in your college days?

DANIELS: I do not know the number, but it was enough to learn how to take snaps under center.

Q: Did you return punts as South Florida?

DANIELS: No, quarterback is the only thing I did at USF.

Q: How did you feel doing that in practice yesterday?

DANIELS: It’s fine. Even in the shotgun, you’ve got to be able to field the ball. I’m comfortable with my hands. Anything I can do to help out, that’s what I’m trying to do.

Q: Have you gotten a feel for Jim Harbaugh yet?

DANIELS: I know he’s a fiery guy. He’s passionate about what he does. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be out here.

Q: What has he been telling you and teaching you so far?

DANIELS: Just have a sense of urgency in the things that I do. That’s one of the biggest things I’m trying to accomplish right now.

Q: Any of these wide receivers catch your eye?

DANIELS: All of them. All of them are doing some really good thing. Right now I’m just trying to make sure I know how to tie my shoes.

Q: Is it tough to play with urgency if you don’t know the playbook?

DANIELS: It can be, but that’s my job. I have to take the opportunity to study and watch film. That’s what a quarterback is supposed to do.

Q: Your first college start you beat Florida State?

DANIELS: Yes, sir.

Q: You were 19 years old?

DANIELS: Not yet. I was 18.

Q: And that was in Tallahassee?

DANIELS: Yes, sir.

Q: What was that experience like for you? Were you nervous?

DANIELS: It was just the luck of the draw. I had the opportunity to start in the hometown that I’m from. I was very comfortable in the environment because I had been to many Florida State games before. I just wasn’t sitting in the stands any more.

Q: Are you comfortable in pressure situations?

DANIELS: Yes. I’m a competitor. I like to prove people wrong and do what I have to do to be successful. It’s more of an inner thing.

Q: Did Florida State recruit you at all?

DANIELS: Nope. It’s five years later and I’m still answering that question (laughs).

Q: Was it satisfying to beat them given that they didn’t recruit you?

DANIELS: It was at the time, but right now I’m on a whole different level, and like I said, I’m just trying to learn how to tie my shoes right now.

Q: Well your shoes are untied now.

DANIELS: They’re still untied! (Laughs).

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