Blaine Gautier Interview
QB / Louisiana-Lafayette / SR

Updated - 6-12-12

By: Alex Khvatov

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Blaine Gautier:  6’0, 214, last forty time was a 4.56.

 
Alex Khvatov: 
How did you get into football in the first place?

Blaine Gautier:  Actually, I got into this game through my parents.  My father pushed me to play this game when I was young.  He did whatever it took to get me into football.  We went to football games together.  My mom was also an athlete in high school.  She played softball and ran track.  

 
Alex Khvatov: 
Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Blaine Gautier:  Southeastern University, Nicholls State and LouisianaLafayetteCentral Michigan and TCU came in at the end. 


Alex Khvatov: 
What made you choose Louisiana-Lafayette? 

Blaine Gautier:  This university was close to home.  It was only about an hour away.  I liked the coaching staff.  New facilities were in place.  I enjoyed it when I first came here on the first official visit.  I committed after my first visit.  I wanted my family to come out to my games.
 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your junior season during which your team had a 9-4 overall record.

Blaine Gautier:  It was definitely a breakout year for us.  Coach Hud brought in some good assistant coaches.  We had the same players, but we all came together.  We gained confidence throughout the season.  We always wanted to have a breakout season.  We came together.  We put in a lot of hard work.  We prepared and practiced really hard.  Then we had a chance to play in our backyard in New Orleans Bowl.  Last year was a great time to be a Cajun.  

 
Alex Khvatov: 
How thrilling was the victory against San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl?

Blaine Gautier:  It was big.  We actually took it as a big challenge.  They are a big time school.  It was a really dramatic win for us.  It was a reflection of our season.  It was a wonderful feeling to come out of the dome with a win.  Our school hasn’t won a Bowl Game in like 40 years.  

 
Alex Khvatov: 
What are your expectations for this upcoming season?

Blaine Gautier:  We want to win a Sun Belt Championship.  We need to continue to win home games and get better.  We have a great chance to do it because we have a good schedule.  We need to improve and work hard in order to achieve the best results.  Once again we need to be one of the hardest working teams around.

 
Alex Khvatov: 
What are your strengths?

Blaine Gautier:  I definitely have a strong arm.  I see coverages well.  I scramble and make plays on the field.  I live for pressure situations and thrive in them.  I want the ball in my hands at the last minute in pressure situations.


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Blaine Gautier:  I need to make better decisions at times.  I need to take what the defense gives me instead of going downfield all the time.  I need to take two and five yard passes.  I cannot get greedy.

 
Alex Khvatov: 
What is the highlight of your career up to this point?

Blaine Gautier:  Winning the New Orleans Bowl.  It was huge.  We had a great night.  It was a highlight so far. 

 
Alex Khvatov: 
Which players on your team are ready for a breakout season?

Blaine Gautier:  RB Alonzo Harris.  He was a freshman last year.  Our entire offensive line is talented.  WR Javone Lawson, WR Darryl Surgent and WR Jamal Robinson.  CB Melvin White will continue being the leader.

 
Alex Khvatov: 
What do you enjoy most about football?

Blaine Gautier:  The thrill of the game and winning.  It is just a wonderful feeling. 

 
Alex Khvatov: 
What is your favorite NFL team?

Blaine Gautier:  I am a big Eagles fan. 

 
Alex Khvatov: 
Who is your favorite NFL player?

Blaine Gautier:  I root for Michael Vick.  I emulate my game after him.  He is my favorite player. 

 
Alex Khvatov: 
What does it take to be a leader?

Blaine Gautier:  Definitely rallying guys around you.  Some are vocal, I lead by example.  You need to be a leader not only on the football field, but in the classroom as well.  You need to help them out when your teammates need you.
 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Blaine Gautier:  I am a big sports fan.  I like to watch sports.  I play video games.  I like to play college football video game.  I like being around my family.  I enjoy spending time with my mom, my dad and grandmother. 
 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Blaine Gautier is….

Blaine Gautier:  I am definitely a calm and relaxed nice guy.  I am always smiling.  I never let it get the best of me.  I am always calm, no matter of the situation.  Nothing fazes me. 

 

 


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