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Q & A with Clinton Corder and Trevor Jenkins

What you may not know about your favorite Blue Raider

August 8, 2006 · MT Media Relations

Junior TE Clinton Corder
1. What is the one thing that stands out to you more than anything else from today's practice?

"I believe the intensity has really been picked up a notch, not just during practice and drills, but I never recall running this much after practice in any sport - basketball, even track. We are running a mile after practice and it is (tough) right now but I think it's going to pay off come game week against Florida International. I think we are going to be ready in the fourth quarter. The overall intensity is just cranked up way more than last year."

2. If you could play any other position on the field, what would it be and why?

"Defensive end because I played that in high school. When the previous staff brought me in that's what they thought I might do but they needed me at tight end. Defensive end is fun and you can be out there more free and you can be a lot more physical."

3. What is the best advice you have been given?

"My high school coach, David Pack (at Christ Presbyterian Academy), always told us, 'You can't be perfect in hardly anything but try to be as perfect as you can in your approach.' That kind of goes with practice how you are going to play and if you try to perfect your pursuit then everything is going to take care of itself. I try to incorporate that in weightlifting, on the field, school, everything."

4. What are your thoughts on the 2006 season?

"I am very optimistic. I have not been this optimistic about a football season since high school. I've been telling everyone I know the same thing. The enthusiasm the coaching staff brings fully reflects in us just in the way we have been practicing. I know I have said intensity about 1,000 times but it all goes back to that. Our coaches are channeling that energy through us and I know it's going to happen in the games and it's going to result in good things for us."

5. Which one of your teammates do you find to be the most interesting on or off the field and why?

"A combination of Reggie Doucet and J.K. Sabb. They are roommates. They are always hanging out together and have all this energy. During off-season workouts it's 6 a.m. and they are jumping up and down, grabbing 10-foot goals and you can hear Reggie from a mile away. At first I thought it was annoying but now that I know them better I realize it's just the way they are. It helps us out there sometimes, too, when we are having down days. You can always count on them to bring some energy and that is contagious."

6. What are some of your hobbies, interests, or hidden talents that someone may not know about?

"Golf, and I like to cook. My mom (Cathy) was always a good cook and just watching her and taking some things after her I started to enjoy it. It's something I would like to learn a lot more about."

Sophomore DL Trevor Jenkins
1. What is the one thing that stands out to you more than anything else from today's practice?

"The intensity the defense came with today - very explosive and that's where we need to be consistent. As long we keep coming with that intensity and enthusiasm then we are going to be a great defense in the Sun Belt."

2. If you could play any other position on the field, what would it be and why?

"Linebacker because it's probably one of the most athletic positions on the football field. The position is very mental, you have to have good awareness, good speed and to be dominant you have to be a hard hitter. I look at (teammates) J.K. (Sabb) and Chance (Dunleavy) and they are very explosive. I respect that."

3. What is the best advice you have been given?

"My pastor and my parents always told me about the Scripture, 'You can do all things through Christ, which strengthens you,' and I hold that. I know I may not make every play but as long as I keep believing and have faith I know I will be a good player down the road and we will be a great unit, as a whole."

4. What are your thoughts on the 2006 season?

"I'm very excited. I love the coaches from last season but I believe these coaches are going to take Middle Tennessee to the next level, a true D-1 (team) - where we are supposed to be. We are all excited, and we are positive. We have a lot of changes, from the coaches, the equipment, to the play on the field, so I expect good things and I expect good things for our fans."

5. Which one of your teammates/coaches do you find to be the most interesting on or off the field and why?

"All of them. They are all characters. They are all completely different. It's funny because we have guys from all over - Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, California, everywhere. They all have something to bring to the table. It's like gumbo, something different."

6. What are some of your hobbies, interests, or hidden talents that someone may not know about?

"I enjoy reading. I'm a big reader and I love literature. My mom would always read but my high school teacher, Robin Stewart, initiated a spark in me and now I spend most of my time reading."

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