SENIOR LINEBACKER Shannon Kincaid
Senior linebacker Shannon Kincaid is a three-year letterman and special teams standout who will play a pivotal role in the linebacking rotation (mostly OLB) after the injury to Fola Fashola. He began the 2002 season as the Lobos' starter at outside linebacker, but was injured on the first play from scrimmage in the season opener. Kincaid has a wealth of physical talent, but needs to stay healthy for an entire season and put it all together on the field. He won three straight Beefmaster Awards (2000-02) for players weighing between 201-225 lbs., which is calculated by adding three lifts (bench, squat, power clean) divided by body weight, but finished second in 2003. He has played in 38 career games with 46 tackles. Kincaid was a safety in 1999 before moving to linebacker in the spring of 2000. He was one of the fastest members of the team, setting a linebacker record with a clocking of 4.49 in the 40 last spring, before his knee injury. Kincaid participated in the long jump for the Lobos track team and finished 4th at the 2002 MWC Championships with a career-best jump of 24-02.50 and he also placed second at the 2000 MWC Championships with a leap of 23-08.25 to earn all-conference honors. This season he has nine tackles (6 solo) in eight games this year, including 13 stops in his last five games. He also has two pass break ups and a five-yard fumble return. Against Utah got in on four tackles, tying a career-high, in eight defensive and special teams plays. Made his first start (in place of Billy Strother) since the 2002 season-opener against San Diego State and was credited for one tackle in 29 defensive snaps, mostly in the first half. Against Utah State he was in on three tackles and made his second career fumble recovery in the 4th quarter. Kincaid returned the ball five yards to the USU 8-yard line. He played an active game against New Mexico State, notching three tackles in 32 snaps. In the game against Washington State he had a hand in two tackles and also had a QB hurry and pass breakup in 39 defensive snaps. Against Texas State, he surpassed his 2002 season totals with four tackles (3 solo) and one PBU. In 2002, he missed his first three games after spraining his MCL on the first play of the year at N.C. State and then reinjured the knee vs. Texas Tech and missed the next 4 games before returning vs. BYU. Kincaid returned to a special teams role and made 3 tackles after coming back from injury.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season?
Shannon Kincaid: "Play the best football I can and help the team out in any way."
Q: What is the toughest challenge playing linebacker?
SK: "The speed. The closer you are to the ball the faster everything happens."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
SK: "I need to work on my feet, so I can get out there and play some corner. Have you ever seen a 245 pound corner?"
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
SK: "I like to draw in my spare time but lately with football and school I have not had much time to draw."
Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?
SK: "Brian Urlacher. I was a freshmen safety when he was here. He had a good work ethic and being around him I tried to mimic that. I think that helped create good habits for the rest of my career."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
SK: "Texas Tech. Their fans really make their presence known. Their student section is right behind the bench and they are yelling at you the whole game. They have even tossed tortillas at us."
Q: What kind of rehab and training did you do to comeback from the knee injury?
SK: "Anything and everything. If the trainers told me something would help me get better and play faster I did it."
Q: What is the best part of Rocky Long's defense?
SK:" I think the best thing is how hard Coach Long makes us play on defense based on that Coach Long could put in any defense and we would still be successful."
Q: What made you choose UNM? What impressed you?
SK: "They were the first school to offer me a full ride. They offered me after my junior year in high school and that impressed me a lot."
Q: What is it like to be able to play in your hometown?
SK: "It's great. I didn't have to deal with the added stress that comes along with going somewhere new and adapting to new surroundings. The best part though is all of my friends and family can see me play without having to travel great distances."