2009 Breakthrough Candidates: Carmen Messina
Aug. 14, 2009
By Christa Martinez - Graduate Assistant
When deciding where to go play college football, it seemed to be a no brainer for Carmen Messina. He wanted to be the next Brian Urlacher and the place to do that was the University of New Mexico.
Messina, a 6-2, 222 pound linebacker, came to New Mexico from Illinois and as a redshirt freshman last year became the most productive linebacker off the bench.
This year should be no different as Messina is on track to be the starting middle linebacker. I caught up with him after practice this morning to catch up on life and football.
How is your first week in pads going?
The intensity level has been high, a few spats here and there.
Are you adjusting well to the new coaches and the new defensive scheme?
What do you think is the biggest asset you bring to the team?
During this training camp what skill are you looking to perfect?
Speaking of running stadiums and lifting weights, what did you do in the off season to prepare for camp?
Now last season you played behind Zach Arnett and Herbert Felder, was that beneficial for you? How much did you learn from them?
"Yeah definitely. Zach and Herbert are great leaders. They taught me a lot. They taught me how to play the game, how to deal with big lineman. I'm just trying to be glue and take everything in from everybody."
Switching gears slightly, what do you like to do in your off time?
You're originally from Illinois, what brought you to the Land of Enchantment?
What is your favorite thing about Albuquerque?
Your birthday is coming up in the next few weeks, the big 21, do you have any plans?
What is one thing that people wouldn't know about you?