Dillon Farrell Interview
Sr. / New Mexico / Center
Updated - 8-8-13
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and 40 time)?
Dillon Farrell: I am 6’5, 302 pounds right now. My fastest forty was a 5.00 flat.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?
Dillon Farrell: I had interest from the Sun Belt schools. ULM and Louisiana Tech were interested in me. LSU wanted me to walk on. I didn’t want to commit right away. I wanted to weigh my options, and every school went away. Southeastern Louisiana was the only school that was left. Then New Mexico came out of nowhere in the end.
Alex Khvatov: What made you choose the University of New Mexico?
Dillon Farrell: In January 2009, Doug Mallory became the defensive coordinator at New Mexico. He was a defensive coordinator at LSU prior to that. My name came up. He knew about me since I was a Louisiana guy. I fell in love with this place. I fell in love with the culture in Albuquerque. The facilities are top notch here. Education is also great.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career at New Mexico.
Dillon Farrell: I redshirted my first year. I sat behind Erik Cook who played with the Redskins and the Eagles. I learned a lot from him. I have been a starter since my redshirt freshman year. We had a record of 1-11 the last three years prior to 2012. I started at center as a redshirt freshman. I moved to right tackle as a sophomore. I started 10 games there. I was willing to make the move. I went back to center and started 13 games as a junior. I was on a Rimington watch list the last three years. I am looking for another great season this year.
Alex Khvatov: What did you learn about your team after spring practice?
Dillon Farrell: Our defense switched to a 3-4 front. Jacori Greer impressed me. He gained about 20 pounds in the off-season. He transformed himself. He is now playing on the defensive line. He made the sacrifice to do it. Our offense needs to keep growing. We came together as a team in the spring. This training during the summer camp is even more important.
Alex Khvatov: What has your head coach Bob Davie brought to this program?
Dillon Farrell: He brought a lot of excitement. He is a big name coach. We didn’t know what to expect when he came in. We didn’t know if he is just a big name or he is a great coach. He brought a great coaching staff. He brought discipline. It is something that we needed. It has been incredible and tough. It is exciting. He expects a lot of out of you. He expects you to be a man on and off the field.
Alex Khvatov: What are your team and individual goals for this upcoming senior season?
Dillon Farrell: As a team, I want us to win every game. I say that all the time. We are trying to go 12-0. We want to win the Mountain West Conference. We want to go to a bowl game. It is simple, but sophisticated. As far as personal goals, I play every snap like it is my last one. I am excited to be a part of such a great program. This time has gone by very fast. I am happy with what I have.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths on the football field?
Dillon Farrell: I am pretty smart. I love being a center. I like to play that chess game. I can read the defense pretty well. I can read what the LB and safety will be doing. I provide leadership. I am a hard worker. Hard work is all I have ever known. I was not a five-star recruit coming out of high school.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Dillon Farrell: I think that right now, it is about getting stronger. I need to get stronger in order to move those big nose tackles out of the way.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career thus far?
Dillon Farrell: Probably blocking for a back like Kasey Carrier. He set the single season rushing record at the school last year. I love blocking for him. Also beating New Mexico State last year. New Mexico State is our biggest rival. I like being part of such a great team. I like fighting and playing with my offensive line brothers.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Dillon Farrell: I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I root for the Saints.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Dillon Farrell: I got a lot. Byron Bell from the Panthers played here at New Mexico. Ryan Kalil is a center for the Panthers. He is smart and tough.
Alex Khvatov: Who is the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Dillon Farrell: Shea McClellin from Boise State was good. He was a first round pick. He was quick and big.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Dillon Farrell: I enjoy being around my offensive line. I enjoy the passion and physicality of the game. I like to hit people. It is fun to be playing this game. I like the chess game that goes on between the two teams. I enjoy playing with the guys next to me.
Alex Khvatov: You are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, what was it like to experience Hurricane Katrina first hand?
Dillon Farrell: I was born in Louisiana. You expect a hurricane to come through there. I have survived like 55 or 60 hurricanes during my time. My family didn’t evacuate after Katrina. My brother-in-law was impacted by it like a lot of other people. We bounced back. We are stronger because of it.
Alex Khvatov: Did you have a role model growing up?
Dillon Farrell: My dad is my role model. He played football at LSU. I loved hearing his stories about the Tigers when I was growing up. I enjoyed looking at his jerseys. I definitely wanted to be a Tiger growing up.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Dillon Farrell: I enjoy music. I play the guitar. I do a lot of volunteering at the church. I like eating out with my offensive line. We have closed a buffet or two during our day.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after football?
Dillon Farrell: I actually graduated this May. I got my degree in University Studies. I am getting a second Bachelor’s degree in communication. I should receive it next May. I got a couple of options. I want to go back and coach at my Christian High School. I went to Haiti last May. I worked there at an orphanage. That was fun. I might want to do that again. Giving back would be nice.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Dillon Farrell is….
Dillon Farrell: I am a quiet, humble and confident in my abilities. I love to be a friend to people that are in need of friends. I love football. I try to be a leader.
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