Tennessee running-back Arian Foster answers questions about daily and football life. Special thanks to Arian's mother, who helped set this up and got the answers for me. Also thanks 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 PLAY MAKER, BUT YOU HAVE TO TRUST THE SCHEME AND THE PLAY CALLING. 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 PLAY CALLING.
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.