Aug. 26, 2003
SENIOR WOLF SAFETY Terrell Golden
Senior Terrell Golden is a former walk-on who has become a stalwart player at the wolf (strong) safety position and was voted team captiain this year by his teammates. Golden is the Lobos' most experienced back and the leader of the secondary. He has started 27 of 37 career games, making 151 career tackles, 7 sacks and 4 interceptions in that span. A heady player and the most sure tackler in the secondary, Golden simply finds a way to make plays. Last fall he was fifth on the team and second among members of the secondary with 61 tackles, including eight TFL's and 2.5 sacks. Equally dangerous against the pass, Golden notched five pass deflections and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Utah State. No stranger to playing through pain, Golden missed spring practice in 2002 after undergoing surgery on both of his shoulders. The Los Angeles, Calif. native was awarded a scholarship in August of 2001. Majoring in Criminology, with a minor in Psychology, Golden is a three-time academic all-conference honoree and has earned Verizon Academic all-Region VI honors the past two years. He is also a two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award winner.
Q: What does it mean to you to be voted a team captain?
A: It means that my teammates saw something special in me in the form of a leadership position.
Q: What do you feel your responsibilities to the team are as a captain?
A: My responsibilities are to lead the team by example, whether it be in the classroom or on the field, I try to be a model citizen.
Q: What are your personal goals on the field for the 2003 season?
A: My goals are simply to be the most productive player I can be.
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
A: I need to continue to focus on my man-to-man cover skills in order to match my competition week in and week out.
Q: What are the most enjoyable and most challenging parts of playing in coach Long's defense?
A: The most enjoyable parts are being able to run around furiously and react to plays quickly because we know what's coming. The most challenging is trying to learn all 11 defensive assignments.
Q: How have you been able to balance your athletic and academic duties so well over the past 4 years?
A: I just make sure that I prioritize my daily activities and keep in mind that being successful in school and/or football has to pay off.
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
A: I would like to learn more about stocks and bonds so that I can invest wisely later in life.
Q: What's your secret to playing and practicing through injuries?
A: I just try to remember that I'm not promised tomorrow, so I should go as hard as I can everyday, whether I'm hurt or not.
Q: Which team on this year's schedule do you most want to beat and why?
A: Colorado State because they have ruled the conference for the past few years, but it's our turn now.
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
A: The toughest place I had to play was BYU in 2000. It was 20 degrees out there and as a California native, I'm used to mid-70s.
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
A: The best class I've taken at UNM was yoga because I learned how to let go of all the stresses of life.
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
A: We need to out-execute, out-hustle and be more physical than every team we meet in the 2003 campaign.