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Profiling the Pirates

Fifteen Questions
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

By W.A. Myatt

Fifteen Questions for Andrew Bodenheimer

By W.A. Myatt
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Pirate Nation is well aware of Andrew Bodenheimer's progression from walk-on to program mainstay since redshirting as a freshman in 2008. The sure-handed Bodenheimer had 92 catches for 941 yards and two touchdowns coming into the season. Bodenheimer has 31 grabs for 306 yards with three scores in 2012 and is a good target for quarterback Shane Carden when defenses concentrate on talented sophomore Justin Hardy. Bodie's consistency is evidenced by receptions in 32 consecutive games.

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Andrew Bodenheimer in action this season against Appalachian State. (Photo: W.A. Myatt)

Andrew and his senior classmates hope to go out as winners after helping East Carolina to its sixth bowl trip in seven seasons.

He took time to talk after practice last Wednesday.

Q: Favorite Meal?

A: I like a lot of foods, but I'd probably have to say a good cooked steak.

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 us play.

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 good match-up.

Q: What's the best movie you've seen with the team since you've been here?

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 with me.

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 team?

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.

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12/12/2012 03:43 AM


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