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Getting to Know Your Golden Eagles

Aug. 25, 2006

Throughout the 2006 Golden Eagle Football season, a player from the offense, defense, and special teams will sit down for an interview with Southern Miss Athletic Media Relations Graduate Assistant Mallory Haynes on what you need to know about Southern Miss Football.

This week will feature offensive lineman Robby D'Angelo, defensive back Caleb Hendrix and defensive back Howard Overby.

Robby D'Angelo

Update us all on your playing status right now.
"I just got back from a little knee surgery. As of yesterday, I was full-go again so I'm back to the normal routine."

What do you feel you bring to the team?
"I think that I bring leadership by example. I come out here and work hard every day and eliminate mistakes to show the young guys how to practice."

What is your biggest weakness on the field?
"Size. I have to play a little harder than some of these bigger guys because I'm a little undersized."

What is your biggest weakness off the field?
"I enjoy sleeping too much."

Besides winning, what's most rewarding about being a college football player?
"Being a college football player is rewarding in a lot of different ways. A lot of people look up to you and you are being a role model to a lot of little kids."

How would your teammates describe you?
"I don't get into a lot of trouble off the field so I'm a little squeaky clean. I think that some would describe me as a leader because I always try to do things right."

What is the name of your favorite band or performer?
"I'm a big fan of a lot of local music like Splendid Chaos. I'm going to watch them play this Saturday."

Having your father and brother play here at USM, what does tradition mean to you?
"Tradition means a lot. With family playing here before I did, they kind of set the table for me and I have to come in here and play well, if not better. They set the standards and I had to come in here and follow up."

Did you go on any vacations this summer?
"No, I stayed up here and took a couple of classes and worked out for football."

Do you think playing as a senior this year will have an effect on your effort out on the playing field?
"I know it's going to affect my effort. Being my senior year, it's going to be like every play is my last play. It's my last game against a big SEC team like Florida and the last time to play any of these conference teams. I'm going to treat every game like it's my last."

Caleb Hendrix

The coaching staff will count on you to provide leadership this year. Do you consider yourself a more vocal leader or do you tend to lead more by example?
"I mainly try to lead by example because I don't talk too much. I try to go out there and do the right thing on and off the field. If things get too heavy where I have to say something, I will."

What makes you one of the team's best cover corners?
"I think it comes from the confidence that I have within myself, along with my speed. I've been playing football since I was eight-years-old and it helps build a confidence that gets rid of fear."

Besides winning, what's most rewarding about being a college football player?
"It's a good chance to get an education. It's not all about the sports. We get a chance to get a college degree which a lot of people don't get to do."

What made you want to become a football player?
"When I was five-years-old I saw a college football game on television. I loved it so much I told my grandmother that I wanted to start playing. Ever since then I've developed a love for the game."

What do you think is the greatest sports movie of all time?
"I really like 'Remember the Titans'. It brought the team together as one when they were once divided into black and white. They all came together as one unit."

Do you think college athletes should get paid?
"There is an upside and a downside to that topic. It's really hard for a student-athlete to work and play sports therefore they don't have any money. Everyone has needs. I don't think that student-athletes should get paid too much but maybe a small check once every month or two would be nice."

Which professional athlete do you consider to be a good role model?
"The person that I have always looked up to and have liked the most is Michael Jordan. I read a book about him, his work ethic and how he became the great player that he is. That is the one player that I really admire the most."

Being a senior, you are looked up to by many of the younger players. Who you do admire?
"I look up to my mom. I see how hard it is to be a parent. My mom is taking care of all the kids by herself and I want to be an example the way she has been for me. I look at her and it motivates me to keep going every day. Younger players have problems on and off the field and I let them talk to me."

Who do you admire on the team?
"I really respect Jonathan Palmer. I can go to him and talk about anything. I can call him at any time of the night and he'll answer."

What kind of music gets you pumped up?
"It might be strange but it's not the rap, the hip hop or the gangster talk. It's more of an R&B thing. It helps me get my mind focused on what I have to do to go out there and play a great football game."

If you could choose any other position to play, what would it be and why?
"I would say quarterback. I played quarterback growing up through little league football and up to high school. You're the captain of the offense; the offense goes as far as you go. As I got older, I switched positions but I always loved to play quarterback."

What superpower would you like to have?
"I wish I had the power to help everyone have a positive outlook on life. We should be thankful that we don't live in one of those countries where we have to fight for our lives every day. I wish I could help people realize how thankful we should be."

Howard Overby

Give us a quick rundown of your car accident last year and how football fit into the equation?
"Last year I came during the summer and had just come off of a foot injury. They didn't know if they wanted to redshirt me or not due to some circumstances, but I had to go for the team. I was good to go for the Alabama game and the first home game. The Sunday morning after that home game, which I believe was September 18th, I was in a car accident. I fractured my ankle and had really bad lacerations on my face. I sat out the rest of the season and it was really hard. The hardest part was watching my team struggle at some points and I wasn't able to do anything. I felt like an outcast simply because I couldn't be out there. It was hard because I knew I was letting my coaches down. Fortunately, Coach Bower gave me another chance and the NCAA granted me a fifth year. I've been productive so far but I still have a long way to go to prove myself. I'm back to 100 percent now."

The coaches said that you are a valuable member of special teams. Why do you think that is?
"I want to get on the field any way I can. Being that I sat out last year, there have been a lot of guys who have stepped up and are in front of me right now. It's like being a freshman all over again and I'm competing every day with guys younger than me just to get out on the field. Sitting out a whole year without playing ball motivated me over the entire summer. I worked out twice as hard and got with Jasper Faulk to work out. We would sometimes work out at night even though we had to get up early the next morning. I play special teams as if I were starting on defense so I think that's where that comes from."

How is playing at Southern Miss different from playing at a junior college?
"There is a lot more discipline here. You're held accountable. When you come in you have to meet and uphold everyone's expectations because the people before you have worked hard. We are known as a small college and don't often get the respect that we deserve. We think we're big time and we will play any team in the nation and have been proving that for years. I think it's different because you walk into tradition and it is your job to uphold that tradition. Also, the level of athleticism is higher here than in junior college."

Do you play any of the video games that are on the market right now?
"Yes, I play NCAA '07, Madden '07 and Major League Baseball. Those are the main three that I play."

What is your favorite DVD?
"I love Armageddon."

Which professional athlete do you consider to be a good role model? "I think Warrick Dunn from the Atlanta Falcons is a good role model because his mother was killed when he was young but he has persevered. Now that he is able to give back, he builds homes for single mothers or fathers. That is the perfect NFL role model."

What superpower would you like to have?

What do you plan on doing after graduation? "I'm going to be working hard and trying to stay in shape. Hopefully I'll get a tryout or a workout with a team. I don't really care which team or if it's in the NFL or the Canadian league. I want to play as long as I can because football was my first love. I finished my degree this summer so I now have a Bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Sports Administration. When my football days are over, I would like to get into counseling on a high school level and coaching."

What made you want to pursue a degree in psychology? "In high school, my counselor was very vital in guiding me in a way that prepared me for life. A lot of people don't take that seriously but I did. It helped me out a lot and I knew right then what I wanted to do."

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