Eric Kush Interview
Sr/ Cal (Pa) / OC

Updated - 10-20-12

By: Alex Khvatov


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

Eric Kush:  I am 6’3 , 296 pounds right now.  I run in the range of 4.8 – 4.95.      


Alex Khvatov:  What schools recruited you when you were coming out of high school?

Eric Kush:  Mostly Division II schools and a couple of MAC schools.  I had Duquesne, University of Albany in New York wanted me to come on a visit and Division II schools.      


Alex Khvatov:  Are you happy with the choice that you made by coming to California of PA?  

Eric Kush:  Absolutely, I love it here.  They have a great criminal justice program that I am studying in.  It is a great town, great people.  There is not too much trouble to get into here because it is a rural neighborhood.              


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your senior season from a team and individual standpoint thus far.

Eric Kush:  We have a really good QB and a good offensive line.  We have two great running backs.  We are just going out there and playing as hard as we can.  We are 6-1 right now.  We tripped up to a team that we definitely shouldn’t have lost to.  We will just keep on going and see how far it can take us.                


Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for the rest of the season?

Eric Kush:  I expect us to finish the season hard.  We need to win it one game at a time.  Every week is a new tough game that we need to play in.  I really can’t give an expectation.  We just need to win it one game at a time.                   


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?

Eric Kush:  I have a pretty good understanding of plays and what we are trying to do out there.  I have a very good understanding of run plays and pass plays, different schemes and protection.  I am able to manipulate it sometimes and have it work out in high pressure situations.  I am also pretty quick off the ball.                                   


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

Eric Kush:  I need to play with a little more strength.  It is not that I don’t have strength.  I just need to play with a little more power as opposed to finesse.                


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

Eric Kush:  The highlight of my football career was when we played Indiana (PA) this year.  We play them every year and it is called the Coal Bowl.  We play for a trophy.  We beat them the last three years.  The entire game was just tough.  The whole game was just back and forth.  Then they scored, and we were down seven points with about a minute and thirty seconds to go.  One big play downfield and we scored a touchdown.  Then we missed the extra point.  We were pretty frustrated after that.  It was only a minute left on the clock after we missed the extra point.  After we missed it, they took the trophy to Indiana (PA) side of the field.  It was pretty tough.  They were ready to receive the trophy.  All of their seniors were touching it and looking at it.  Then we were able to get the onside kick.  We threw it with a couple of pass plays and we were able to set up a field goal to win the game.  Then we got the trophy back to our side of the field.  It is probably the highlight of my career having the trophy yanked out from them.  It was right in their grasp, and we yanked it out on our side of the field.                   


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Eric Kush:  My favorite team growing up was the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Everyone in my family rooted for the Steelers.  I was raised 10 miles south of Pittsburgh.  I have lived here my whole life.  It is right there.           


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?  

Eric Kush:  I would have to say Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He goes on Twitter every morning and throughout the day, he posts motivational stuff.  Over the summer, I got up early and worked hard.  I would lift, train and work hard.  Every morning, he would post stuff that will be great motivation for me.  I follow him and read his Twitter page.  I receive some inspiration from him.                       


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?  

Eric Kush:  I would say my attitude and work ethic.  I don’t think anything is ever given to you.  You have to work hard for everything.  Also my understanding of the game now is also a huge plus.  I understand run and pass schemes like the back of my hand right now.              


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing college football?

Eric Kush:  The camaraderie where I get to play with my friends and my buddies.  I have been with these guys for four to five years.  You know just working hard with all of these guys.  We are pushing ourselves in the weight room.  I am working with my best friends to get better every day.         


Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader?   

Eric Kush:  My definition of a leader is someone that sets the example for others.  It is someone who goes out there and works hard every day, every game, every practice, every snap and every rep.  A leader is someone who leads by example.  He doesn’t have to be a big talker.  It is someone who works hard and shows how it is supposed to be done.                  


Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?

Eric Kush:  If you want to succeed, you have to work hard for it.           


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?    

Eric Kush:  I have a Jeep Wrangler and I like to work on my Jeep.  I like to go four-wheeling through the woods.  I also like to go fishing.        


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?

Eric Kush:  My degree is in criminal justice and forensics science.  I plan to be a police officer whether it is with Pennsylvania state police or with Pittsburgh police.         


Alex Khvatov:  How has the experience of being a father changed your outlook on life?

Eric Kush:  It is certainly a motivational thing.  I get up and I think about it.  It is not just about me anymore.  I am responsible for my son’s life as well now.                 


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Eric Kush is….   

Eric Kush:  A blue collar, high character guy who works hard on the football field and is a family man off-the-field.             



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