A: I like a lot of foods, but I'd probably have to say a good cooked
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Sons of Anarchy.
Q: Why did you choose to wear #19?
A: They just gave it to me when I first walked on. It just stuck
with me, I had to keep it. I started to make a name for myself so I
just figured I'd keep it so I wouldn't confuse anyone.
Q: Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
A: The normal pre-game meal, then I stretch a little bit inside the
weight room and go outside real quick. I always take an extra pair
of gloves, just in case something happens. I guess that's the only
superstition or whatever that I have.
Q: Were you going for Tulsa or UCF in the C-USA championship game?
A: I just wanted to see a good game, both teams playing hard. I
didn't really care who was going to win. I just wish we were in the
game pretty much.
Q: Did you have a preference between St. Petersburg (Beef O'Brady's
Bowl) or New Orleans (R+L Carriers Bowl)?
A: I thought both bowls were a good opportunity for us to show what
we've done this season so I was happy with either one. They're good
locations — a good time for our fans to go down, have fun and watch
Q: As a walk-on, did you ever imagine you would be in this position?
A: Honestly, I didn't know. This was my goal, my dream, and I was
just trying to do everything I could to get to this position. I've
just been blessed with this opportunity. I really wasn't sure that I
would get this chance, so it's a good feeling to be here.
Q: You played point guard in high school. how would you match up
with Miguel Paul?
A: It wouldn't be good. I'd have to foul a lot so that wouldn't be a
Q: What's the best movie you've seen with the team since you've been
A: Act of Valor. We watched it during camp. It's an awesome movie,
real inspirational. It's just awesome to see what people that fight
for our country do.
Q: What's it going to be like without spring practice next semester?
A: It's going to be weird. There's going to be a lot of free time.
I'm not really going to know what to do with myself. I'll probably
concentrate on school a lot more and I'll probably come out here and
watch these guys a little bit — it's definitely going to be a
different routine for me.
Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A: Definitely with a family, beautiful wife and hopefully settled in
with a good job that gives me an opportunity to provide for my
family. Just happy with life — if that's all I have then that's fine
Q: What are your thoughts on East Carolina's move to the Big East?
A: I think we've earned the opportunity to play on a bigger scene. I
would've liked to have played (in the Big East) but I'm just happy
for the guys behind me that get that opportunity.
Q: Several guys have mentioned your leadership on this team. What do
you do behind the scenes to really set a positive example for the
A: I make sure the guys pay attention to detail. Like a guy walking
into a meeting late, on the field, a certain route or something,
I'll pull them aside and let them know what they can do better. I'm
kind of a stickler for details. I try to do the things coaches don't
see, that players do. Sometimes I have to get a little angry, but
other times, I'll just have to say something to a guy that will help
him out in the future. I'm just trying to do everything I can to
make the team better.
Q: Who is the toughest defender you've faced in your career?
A: I'd probably say (Jayron) Hosley from Virginia Tech. He was a
great corner, a physical guy, but also real athletic. He's in the
NFL now (New York Giants) so I'd probably have to say he's the best,
although I've played against a lot of guys who are pretty good.
Q: How tough is preparing for exams while also getting ready for
your final collegiate football game?
A: It's weird. You feel like it's over, but I'm in graduate school
so it's kind of the beginning for that. I have to focus in and
separate my school time from my football time and balance that as
much as I can. It's tough just thinking that it's going to be it for
me, but I'm going to cherish every moment I can.