Monday, June 9, 2008

Quick Hits with Arian Foster

Tennessee running-back Arian Foster answers questions about daily and football life. Special thanks to Arian's mother, who helped in setting this up and got the answers for me. Also, to the members of Vol Talk for the questions. Let's not forget the thanks to Arian for taking the time to answer these questions.
37601 Tiger: How tempting was it to bolt for the NFL and the projected 2nd round money?

Arian Foster: VERY!

Tas: What would you tell a new recruit that is considering Tennessee as his choice?

Arian Foster: I WOULD TELL HIM TO ENJOY THE COLLEGE LIFE, BE READY TO BECOME A MAN AND STAND ON YOUR OWN, TO WALK THE STRAIGHT PATH FROM THE MOMENT YOU GET HERE AND IT WILL MAKE THINGS A LOT EASIER FOR YOU. DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOU CAN'T AND DON'T LET ANYONE OUTWORK YOU. TALENT IS GOD-GIVEN BUT WORK ETHIC IS NOT.

Ole Smokey: Did it ever frustrate you when the running game was abandoned early in games where it seemed to be averaging 4 ypc, e.g. Alabama and Florida? How do you handle those frustrations?

Arian Foster: YES, YOU GET FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOU'RE A PLAYMAKER, BUT YOU HAVE TO TRUST THE SCHEME AND THE PLAYCALLING. IF YOU DON'T TRUST IT,YOU CREATE DISSENSION. THERE'S ALWAYS SECOND GUESSING WHEN YOU LOSE. IF YOU WIN 55-0, NOBODY WILL QUESTION THE PLAYCALLING.

Andyourpointis: What has been your favorite moment as a Vol?

Arian Foster: OFF THE FIELD, A VARIETY OF TIMES DEVELOPING A BROTHERHOOD WITH SOME OF MY TEAMMATES. ON THE FIELD, WALKING INTO THE DOME THE DAY BEFORE THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THERE WAS NO CROWD, JUST US. IT WAS JUST A SPECIAL FEELING TO TAKE IN THE ATMOSPHERE, LOOKING AT THE BANNERS, THINKING ABOUT ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED THIS GAME BEFORE ME. IT WAS VERY MOVING.

Docfarmer: Let's say you and Ainge play one on one basketball, who wins?

Arian Foster: ME.

SavageOrangeJug: On a football team, nearly everyone gets tagged with a nickname by their teammates. What is yours, and how did you acquire it?

Arian Foster: THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE CAREER, PLAYERS HAVE TRIED TO GIVE ME NAMES AND NOT ONE SINGLE NAME ACTUALLY STUCK. EVERYBODY JUST CALLS ME ARIAN.

bullg8rdaddy: What game(s) are you really looking forward to this year?

Arian Foster: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO ALL OF THEM BUT PROBABLY MOSTLY FLORIDA BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T WON AGAINST THEM SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE. AND GEORGIA...FOR OTHER REASONS.

Do you talk to any of the former Tennessee running backs? If so, what kind of advice have they given you?

Arian Foster: YES. I TALK TO JAY GRAHAM. HE WAS MY IDOL ON THE FIELD. IN '05 I WAS CLOSER TO HIM THAN ANYONE ELSE OTHER THAN TROOP. HE'S BEEN MY MENTOR AND I SPEAK TO HIM REGULARLY STILL. I'VE SPOKEN WITH AARON HAYDEN AND HE'S TOLD ME TO STAY FOCUSED, TO KEEP MY NOSE CLEAN AND REPRESENT MYSELF WELL. I'VE SPOKEN WITH JAMAL LEWIS A COUPLE OF TIMES. HE IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME I SHOULD STAY FOR MY SENIOR YEAR.

TECVOL: What SEC team is the most difficult for you to run against and why?

Arian Foster: I HAVEN'T HAD ANY SUCCESS RUNNING THE BALL AGAINST FLORIDA. MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF CARRIES I'VE HAD. I THINK THE MOST I EVER CARRIED AGAINST THEM WAS ABOUT 11 CARRIES. IT'S HARD TO GET INTO A RHYTHM WITH ONLY 11 CARRIES OVER THE ENTIRE GAME.

ICEVOL: What do you like to listen to before the game and what are your superstitions?

Arian Foster: I LISTEN TO TUPAC USUALLY BUT LAST YEAR BEFORE EVERY GAME, I LISTENED TO "I GET MONEY" BY 50 CENT AND I DON'T EVEN REALLY LIKE HIM. I USED TO FEEL LIKE I ALWAYS PLAYED BAD WHEN I WORE HIGH SOCKS UNTIL WE PLAYED KENTUCKY. I WORE HIGH SOCKS THEN AND PLAYED WELL SO....MAYBE I DON'T HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS. I PRETTY MUCH SWITCH UP MY STUFF EVERY GAME ANYWAY.

CINCY VOL: Do you have a favorite pre-game day or game day meal?

Arian Foster: NO, I JUST TRY TO EAT PASTA AND CHICKEN BEFORE A GAME. I NEED TO HAVE ENERGY BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE OVERLY FULL.

7 comments:

Ole Smokey said...

Awesome Job Cincy, keep up the great work.

To Arian... I just want to say It has been a pleasure watching you play. You are truly a leader both on and off the field. I met your mom @ Cal last year and she is a great lady, and is very proud of you.! keep up the great work.

OrangeCrush said...

Arian-thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions! You have become one of my favorite Vols of all time. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate you coming back to the Big Orange for your senior season. We're all looking forward to a great 2008 season for you and our team.

Cincy-excellent job as always bro, keep it up.

Fostermom-thank you for allowing us to be as proud of Arian as I'm sure you are of him.

Coaches-last season stats show one link. Arian 100+ yards rushing = WIN for the Vols. GIVE ARIAN THE BALL!

bullg8rdaddy said...

What a great young man. I hope that he has a healthy and productive season. Shows alot about his character, that he has respect for those who have come before him and listens to what they have to say (Graham, Lewis..).

Arian really represents your school well, guys. I am a Gator, but it's easy to for me compliment your players if they are great people like Mr. Foster.

Thank you to Arian's mom and Cincy for pulling this all together!

MoonDog said...

Great stuff. I'll post a link to this Tuesday.

SavageOrangeJug said...

Arian, thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions.

Even more appreciated are your contributions to the UT football program.

Thanks to Fostermom and Cincy for pulling this interview together.

GO VOLS!

andyourpointis said...

Thank you Arian, Fostermom and Cincy!

Nina said...

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. We are really looking forward to you hanging 200 yards on the Gators this year

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