This has been a very difficult season for the Panthers. Has it been hard to stay positive?

"It's been frustrating at times. We had a couple of games early that we had a chance to win, but didn't. I think we're a better team than our record shows. No one has given up in this locker room. When you've only won one game and you're struggling like we are then it's tough, but that's a part of being a professional. You've got a job to do no matter what and you've got to give it 100 percent every time you step on the field. You expect it, your teammates and coaches expect it and the fans deserve your best effort every Sunday."

Last year you had some chances at a few interceptions, but dropped them. This year, you've had three interceptions. What's been the difference?

"My coaches always told me the reason I wasn't a wide receiver is because I didn't have good hands (laughing). They might have been right. I think I'm a little more comfortable making plays this year. I had a few balls hit my hands last year that I dropped, but this year I'm finally hanging onto them. My mom always gave me a hard time about dropping interceptions. She'd always call me. I got my first interception against Cincinnati, so this time I was able to call her."

You returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown against Cleveland. What was that like?

"It was a great feeling. Right place at the right time and I was fortunate enough to make a play. It was great to get back into the end zone. It's been a while since I've been there. Hopefully, it's not the last time I'll get there before my career is done."

You and former South Carolina teammate Kenny McKinley were very close. How did his death affect you?

"Kenny was the kind of guy that always had a smile on his face. The one guy that never got down about anything, so his death really shocked me. I still can't believe it. He was one of my closest friends. I talked with him a few days before he died and everything seemed to be OK."

How did you get the name, Captain?

"My mother promised my grandmother that she could name the last child. I was the last boy. My great-grandfather was named Captain, so I'm named after him."

You left South Carolina a year early. Any regrets?

"I think everyone has to make the decision that's best for themselves and their family. If I had it to do it over again, I would have stayed another year at South Carolina. I honestly feel like I cost myself a lot of money because I came out early. I felt like if I had stayed I would have gone a little higher in the draft and gotten a little more guaranteed money. But I made my decision, so I've got to live with it."

Captain Munnerlyn

Height/Weight: 5-8, 185.

Team: Carolina Panthers.

School: South Carolina.

Position: Cornerback.

Experience: 2nd year.

Draft: 7th round (216th overall) by the Carolina Panthers in 2009.

Last Contract: Signed a four-year, $1.81 million contract in May 2009.

Career highlights: Played in 15 games with four starts during his rookie season with the Panthers...Served as Carolina's primary nickel back and punt returner...Posted 43 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed...Averaged 9.0 yards on 31 punt returns with a long of 37 yards...Returned one kickoff for 15 yards. … this year Munnerlyn has played in 13 games with three starts. .. he has 32 tackles, 10 passes defensed and 3 INTs. He returned an INT 37 yards for a TD against Cleveland.