are your measurables (height, weight and 40
I’m 6’6, 240 pounds and I have no idea what my
40 time is. I haven’t run one in awhile.
What made you commit to
San Jose was one of the only schools coming out
of high school that gave me an opportunity and
offered me a scholarship. It was between here
and a couple DI-AA schools. It came down to
here or going to play for the Air Force Academy.
I decided that I wanted to stay a little closer
from California, right?
Yeah, I’m from the Sacramento area.
were just named to the John Mackey Award watch
list. Are you excited about that or do you tend
to not pay attention to those types of things?
I’m excited about it. It’s cool. But I’m more
focused on trying to win and go to a bowl game
this year because I haven’t been to one. I’d
definitely take a winning season and going to a
bowl game over any individual awards.
Aside from being healthy, what do you attribute
to your breakout season in 2011 (52 catches, 739
yards, 5 TDs)?
Like you said, I was healthy which was good.
The main reason was that I had a lot of talent
around me. We had really good receivers around
me so I was able to get open. I had a really
good quarterback last year. We also had a
much-improved running game, so I think the
talent around me helped me.
What was your favorite
game from this past year? Was it the Hawaii
Personally, even though I didn’t do much in this
game, it was the Fresno St game. They are our
biggest rivalry, and it is the first time that
we beat them in 20 years. So that’s my favorite
moment of the year. It’s a good way to go out.
Take me back to your
sophomore season. How frustrating was it to
watch from the sidelines for most of the season
in a year that the team won just one game?
It’s hard to have a losing season like that, but
it’s even harder when you can’t do anything
about it. It was tough. I felt kind of
helpless on the sidelines watching the team
struggle like they did. There were a lot of
games where I felt like I could have helped.
That was definitely a tough year.
Jose State won 5 games last season, two more
than the past two seasons combined. Were you
happy with those results or has the team not met
I’m definitely happy that we’ve made clear
improvements. That’s a good thing. There were
a couple of games last year where we felt like
we should have had that we let slip away. That
was a little disappointing. We felt like we
were good enough last year to compete for the
WAC championship and go to a bowl game, but we
obviously fell a little short. I’m really
encouraged with how hard everyone fought last
year. We played to the end every time and gave
it our all. Some of those experiences in those
close games where we came up a little short last
year are definitely going to help us. We did
that at the end of the year too with two wins
over two pretty good teams [Navy and Fresno St].
are your team and personal goals for 2012? Can
you top the numbers that you put up last year?
I don’t care about the numbers. I just want to
do whatever is asked of me to help the team
win. Team goals, we have it in our minds is to
win the WAC championship. We feel like we can
compete for it. We want to go undefeated at
home and want to go to a bowl game and win that
bowl game. We haven’t been to one since I’ve
been here. Next year they’re going to the
Mountain West Conference, so our focus is to win
the last WAC championship.
were statistically one of the best tight ends in
college football. Do you feel that you don’t
get the credit you warrant because you’re at a
smaller Division One school?
I don’t get too caught up in national exposure.
I feel like I don’t get as much credit because
we play in a smaller conference, but it’s not
that big of a deal to me. People who know
football know about the things we’ve been able
is your best attribute?
Just my ability to find openings in the defense
and catch balls.
area of your game are you trying to improve on?
I’m always trying to improve my all-around game.
The biggest thing that I’ve been trying to work
on is my footwork in the blocking game. Trying
to become better as a receiver as well.
Are there any Spartan
players that you expect to break out this season
the way you did last year?
We have a number of guys that can potentially do
that. Obviously, [receiver] Noel Grigsby has
had a couple of really good years. Some guys
that could blow up this year: [receivers]
and Chandler Jones, [running backs] De’Leon
Eskridge or David Freeman. We got a lot of
guys that can make plays for us.
there any coaches or players during your time at
San Jose State that have really helped you get
to where you are today?
Two guys. One is my current tight ends coach,
Coach Klayton Adams. He came last spring and
he’s helped me a lot. Through last spring,
through the season, and this year I feel like
I’ve improved a lot. I give a lot of credit to
our strength and conditioning coach Dave
Forman. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot bigger,
stronger, faster and more flexible since he’s
been here. I’ve stayed healthy after working
with him, and I think that’s a big part of
things he does. We do a lot of things to try
and keep our guys healthy. You can see that
last year we were much healthier than we’ve