BM: Daryl Washington is a really good backer, Pro Bowler this year. What would you say are your biggest strengths on the field?
I’m a football player, I can line up and play wherever my team needs me to. I’m passionate, I’m confident and I play with energy that I try to pass to my teammates. I try to be a guy that has to be accounted for and someone who makes big plays. Being able to play with fundamentals and technique. I work hard to be a guy that plays with hands. My coaches ad Uconn stress that. I know how to be where the ball is.
BM: Being around the ball is one of the best things you can do. You can’t make plays if you aren’t around the ball. On the flip side, what would you say you need to work on the most.
I think playing the linebacker position you have to always work on all facets of your game. Being able to play with good fundamentals and technique. Plying consistently and really consistently being a student of the game.
BM: Was there one coach or teammate at Uconn that really helped you become the player that you are?
Man, I’m a guy that really used all my resources throughout my time at Uconn. Starting with Coach Randy Edsall and Coach Todd Orlando and Coach Lyndon Johnson and my strength coach Andrew Wilson. Those guys really help build a platform for me in helping me be a good player. Then I had Coach Pasqualoni and my LBer Coach John Wholley and my D Coordinator Don Brown who really helped elevate me as a person first and foremost, then a player. I couldn’t say just one if I wanted because I’ve always been somewhat of a “village kid”. I wouldn’t be where I am at if it werent for a lot of people that believed in me over the time. So I’m very blessed and appreciative to those who have been there for me through the years.
BM: What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment on or off the field?
My growth as a person. I’ve come a long way growing up as a person as far as dedication to what I do. And I think it directly correlates with being a leader on the field.
BM: You were definitely a leader on that Uconn defense. I’ll finish with one last question. What do you want to do once you are done with football?
Be a great father to my kids when I have them and a husband to my wife when I’m married.
BM: And that’s the best thing any of us can do. Thanks again so much for doing this interview.