2010 Honors Candidates: Kasey Carrier
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/25/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 25, 2010

By Graduate Assistant: Christa Martinez

Each week GOLOBOS.com has decided to do a Q&A with one of our 2010 honors candidates. This week we are focusing on sophomore running back Kasey Carrier. As a true freshman Carrier played in 6 games and is looking to make a huge contribution in his first full season. The Pearland, Texas product will be competing with fellow backs, Demond Dennis and James Wright. I sat down with Carrier after practice to talk football, family and life in general.

How does it feel to be back out on the field?

"Oh it feels really good. We have had a good couple of days offensively and defensively. I can't wait to see how well we improve on offense."

During the next several weeks what personally do you want to work on?

"Definitely on my running and blocking and most of all, probably catching out of the backfield. We will be doing that a lot more this year trying to be more effective and getting the running backs those short passes."

Lets reminisce about your freshman year. You played in 6 games as a freshman, started one, what was that experience like for you?

"Oh it was crazy. The game was a lot quicker and the guys were a lot stronger than what I was used to. It was something I had to adjust to. Over the last couple of games I got better."

Do you have a favorite memory from last season?

"I would say the Colorado State game. The last kick off return I had, I almost ran it back."

(The return mentioned above was for 49 yards and was the team's longest of the year.)

Frankie Solomon said in an interview last year that you reminded him of himself. What was it like being back there with Frankie?

"Oh it was good. He always talked to me and tried to keep me calm, letting me know to follow him. Sometimes you feel the person back there with you might miss a block but when I was back there with him I always knew he would never miss a block. He was always where I was, anytime I broke or anything."

Looking back was there anything unexpected?

"No. Everything you hear is pretty much true. They talk about how much bigger and stronger everyone is, how much faster they are and the game tempo. So in that sense nothing really surprised me."

Completely switching gears tell me about the time you spent helping after Hurricane Ike?

"Me and one of my friends, since I am from that area, we knew some people down there that had some things messed up in Galviston. So we went down there and helped clean out there houses and pick up debris. In Pearland, where I am from, there are some elderly so we helped tear down the sheet rock and things like that."

What made you decide to give up your free time to do that?

"I don't know. Growing up my dad always talked about helping people and giving back, so it was something I wanted to do and I just enjoy doing that kind of stuff."

You also coached.

"Oh definitely. My little league team. Their first loss was this year in the super bowl game. We've been coaching them for five years and we got our first loss this past year. (Carrier didn't coach them this past year, for obvious reasons, he was playing for the Lobos) I've always worked with the quarterbacks and running backs with my dad. It's something I've always liked to do, with the kids, they are so interesting."

What ages do you coach?

"We started coaching them when they were four, so now they are around nine or ten."

You seem really close to your dad.

"Oh definitely! My dad and me are very close, my mom as well. But my dad keeps me grounded, lets me know the things that I need to do and stay focused on and stuff I can't worry about."

What do you like to do in your off time?

"Oh movies. I love watching movies. I don't know why. I get new movies every week, like five, and everyone comes to my room every week for new ones. The most recent movie I've watched is Edge of Darkness. It was real good."

What is something that someone might not know about you?

"I grew up real rough. My mom always told me `don't let anyone push you over, they do it once they might do it again.' People here, hear where I'm from and judge without knowing where I am really from. They think I had it easy, which I didn't. I don't have to remind myself about those times. My dad is successful and things now are much better than they used to be. But some people just look at you and say `oh you have this and that, you don't know what it's like.' So I just have to keep my mouth closed and smile."