CHERUBINI CHIMES IN
One-on-One with the
August 14, 2010
By Ron Cherubini
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If a favorite receiver was picked from amongst East Carolina's receivers,
you would have to guess that Andrew Bodenheimer’s name would be at the top
of the list. In an offense predicated on quick passes, yards after catch is
an all-important measure of a receiver. And while Bodenheimer has been a
reliable receiver for several years — making the catch, getting the sticks,
you name it — equally impressive is his ability to block from the receiver
Many a Pirates receiver has a bit of gratitude he should throw Bodie’s way
because the rising senior is a phenomenal blocking receiver, capable of
springing backs and fellow receivers on any given play when he isn’t the one
with the rock.
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley indicated that Bodenheimer is so good at
it that opposing coaches point it out to their players. Perhaps his
dedication to refining each part of his job is why he is also a very
well-regarded and looked-up to leader in the receiving corps and on the
offense unit. What shouldn’t be lost in all of it is the simple fact that he
is also a very good receiver capable of having a big, big season this year
Andrew was kind enough to sit down for a chat with Bonesville to share his
insights on the upcoming season.
Andrew Bodenheimer in action
(ECU SID photo)
One-on-One with Andrew Bodenheimer
Q: So here it is, senior season.
Did it get here too fast?
A: Oh, man, definitely. (Senior
season) came quick… too quick. All the years have
flown by and I try to not let myself take any moment
of this for granted. I think about it and want to be
sure that I get the most out of every experience out
Q: Coach Riley raves about your
leadership out there. Give me your thoughts on the
state of the offense, particularly the WRs. Can this
group be one that sets the league on fire?
A: I think we have a very
talented group of wide receivers which also means
that we are a very deep group, too. We have to, of
course, come out and prove it on the field, but we
have a lot of guys who can make big plays. We have
to be comfortable, calm, and work on every play
whether we have the football or not. These guys are
all good at catching the football, reading defenses,
making plays. And we have a lot of guys who can make
plays down field, which we need. The (veterans) are
consistent and the young guys are stepping it up.
I do feel comfortable in the
leadership role. I have been a leader on every team
I have played on so I am enjoying the role. I take
pride in it and work each day to work with (his
teammates) to ensure that each guy is working to be
the best he can be. I feel like I have a
responsibility to make sure each guy is ready.
Q: New QB on the field this year.
Does that make things different for the WRs?
Confidence in whomever wins the job?
A: You know, a lot of people may
say that one guy should be over the other guy, but I
think for us, it really doesn’t matter which guy it
is. We do our jobs, our part. We are confident that
whomever wins the job will be good and we will be
able to develop that chemistry with him.
Q: That said, I am going to give
a QB’s name. Could you give me a short reaction to
[Rio Johnson:] A great, great
arm; [Brad Wornick:] Very focused; [Shane Carden:] A
leader… I guy who makes it happen; [Cody Keith:] A
strong armed passer.
Q: Gonna throw names at you and
you give me a quick thought on each: Hardy, Jones,
Wiggins, Webster, Harris, Arrington, OK?
[Justin Hardy:] Wow… a big play
maker who goes hard every single play; [Justin
Jones:] Big, big target who creates mismatches
everywhere. I expect him to have a great season both
receiving and blocking, too; [Reese Wiggins:] Smooth
guy who is really crafty out there. Reese has worked
very hard this summer and I expect a big season for
Reese; [Danny Webster:] Goes 100% all the time…
gotta calm him down sometimes, but you can always
count on him going full speed all the time and that
is exciting to watch. He’s aggressive, too; [Dayon
Arrington:] He’s a senior, too, and we have been
together for a while now. He has worked extremely
hard and I expect him to be a big art of this
offense this season; [Derrick Harris:] Another
senior who is a guy you can count on always to do
Q: And how about you? What do you
expect of yourself this senior season?
A: I expect to play each play to
the best of my ability. To do my job well each play
and to be a reliable teammate, whether I am making a
catch or out there blocking. Also, I want to prove
that I can make the downfield catch, that I am not
one dimensional. I want show that I am a dynamic
Q: What player on this team do
you most respect and why?
A: I have to give you two. First,
Shane Carden. He has been really busting it this
summer… out on the field, in the film room, you
know, he is really fighting for (the QB job) and
watching that is great. He is so motivated and his
attitude is great. (He) gets the huddle excited.
Love being around that type of attitude. Second,
Kyle Tudor. Kyle is a great linebacker and he goes
at it hard every day, every play.
Q: How is our secondary looking
in your opinion having gone against them in the
A: I can say our secondary is
working hard, very hard and there are a lot of guys
working to get a spot there. We go against them I
practice all the time — one-on-one — and the way
they are working is making us (receivers) better and
better each day. I know that when the jobs are won,
we will have great players there.
Q: Offensive mantra this season?
A: Definitely the “Chip.” We have
a chip on our shoulder without a doubt. We know that
(no one) is going to give us respect so we have to
go out every day and take what is ours. We need to
play with an edge. We feel like we have to prove to
people that we are very good. We definitely are
wearing a chip on our shoulder these days.
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