Q: You got to walk on to the football program at Cincinnati. How did you become an offensive lineman?
A: Initially, I thought I’d be a defensive lineman, with my hockey background and being a good athlete, they put me on the O-line instead, and that was it for me.
Q: How did hockey help you with football, particularly in terms of leverage and positioning?
A: It created a good base for my legs, and balance is important for an offensive lineman, playing low and such. Hockey definitely helped prepare me.
Q: You bulked up 75 pounds (to 325 pounds) to play NCAA Division I football. Besides lifting weights, how did that happen?
A: A lot of shakes, a lot of steaks!
Q: You redshirted with the Bearcats in 2015, got into 10 games as a backup in 2016, and played as a backup and on special teams in 2017. Last season you started all 13 games at right guard, as the Bearcats finished 11-2 overall and won the Military Bowl over Virginia Tech. How was that experience?
A: Last year was huge. I didn’t get to start the year before, when we only won four games. This past year was a big year to start, and to come out and have the year we did, with the team being so successful, was awesome.
Q: Now you’re playing your final collegiate football season while finishing up your MBA, having already earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business from UC. What’s your primary goal going forward?
A: My goal is to come out and have a good year and play in the NFL. If you had asked me six years ago if I might play in the NFL, I would have said no way — and now it’s gone from a dream to a reality. I plan on exhausting everything in football, to my full potential.
Q: Football is obviously your focus right now, but after your career is done, would you ever return to playing hockey, even if just for fun?
A: I can still skate — and I have some tricks up my sleeves.
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