Ted Kimmey interview

An interview with future Army linemen Ted Kimmey. The 6-4, 270 pound offensive linemen is from University High School in Orlando and is looking forward to playing for West Point.

ArmySports: Can you tell us a little about yourself as a player?

Ted Kimmey:If I could describe myself as a player, I would definitely say that I play until the tail end of the whistle. I'm not cheap, I don't receive penalties, I just impose my will upon my opponent. Most of all, I want the defender to know that he just played a game, and to never forget my number. I also am big on the "team concept," that we are apart of something much bigger than ourselves, and that not only are we playing for the men and women who serve and served our country so bravely, past Army football players and staff, but most of all we, ourselves, are setting a legacy for upcoming fans and players alike.

ArmySports: What is your 40 time, bench, squat, and power clean?

Ted Kimmey 40- 5.0 bench- 300 squat- 495 power clean- 245

ArmySports: How many different schools gave you offers?

Ted Kimmey: Four, United States Military Academy at West Point, Florida Atlantic University, Bucknell University, Fordham University.

ArmySports: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

Ted Kimmey: To be honest, the best part was the places I went. I traveled from sunny Boca Raton Florida which is 3 minutes from the beach, to 19 degree New York City, my first time there, and I was amazed. Then I traveled to Lewisburg, PA in the middle of nowhere, and then traveled to America's most prized national monument in West Point. What an experience! I can tell you though, what I learned is that I am very blessed to be in the position I am in to be able to experience this and be apart of something that does not happen to everybody.

When I am on a visit, all I can think about is how blessed I am to be surrounded by such loving family members and parents, and a hospitable high school coach in John Flath.

ArmySports: Did you plan to go on an official visit to West Point?

Ted Kimmey: In the beginning when I first talked to Coach Mumford, I had some misconceptions and was not quite sure if West Point was for me. Coach Mumford came to my house though, sat down with my mother and I and explained everything in extreme detail. Coach Mumford said, "West Point is kind of like taking a drink of water from a fire hydrant." This excited me! I told him that I wanted to see West Point, and understand the place itself and how it works. I traveled to West Point, and I simply fell in love with the place. The people, the coaching staff, the cadets all appealed to me. Words could not describe the feeling I received when I stepped onto that sacred ground which is West Point, and I knew that it was the place I wanted to spend the next four years of my life.

Now, I am the "Third Year" in Absolutely American by David Lipsky, and as I turn each page, my excitement grows more and more, and I cannot wait until the day that I am truly a West Point cadet. Duty, Honor, Country.

ArmySports: What did you think about the Army coaching staff?

Ted Kimmey: Wow! Coach Ross has put together, without a doubt, the best coaching staff in the nation. Coach Ross has traveled through the football ranks, and he knows what he is talking about. He has a sincere desire to connect with his players, and he genuinely cares about their well being. I have no doubt in my mind that for Army football, the only way to go is up. Coach Ross knows how to lead a program to not only success on the field, but also in the classroom, the military, and life itself.

Coach Brock, the offensive line coach and my position coach, is an amazing man to be around, let alone be coached by. He played 16 years in the NFL and possesses the same mentality that I love. Coach Brock loves to "gore," and that is one of his best qualities. When I sat in the Offensive Line meeting room and listened to him speak, it got me fired up, and all I wanted to do was strap the pads on, run onto the field, and impose my will on the defense.

Finally, Coach Mumford is one of the most knowledgeable people I've ever met, and I respect him greatly. He coaches the defensive line, so of course, him and I went at it a little, but it was all in good fun. He told me from the start that I could thrive at West Point, and I believe him wholeheartedly.

Overall, I am so glad that I will be learning from these wonderful coaches and human beings for the next four years, and I know that when it is all said and done, that I will be prepared for what lies ahead. Go Army! Beat Navy!

ArmySports: What part of your game do you feel is strongest?

Ted Kimmey: The strongest point of my game is my ability to finish blocks. So many times people start things they don't finish, and this is the same with offensive linemen. When you are blocking a defender and locked up with him, the only way to make him understand how you feel is to make the back of his head hit the ground.

If you've ever seen the "Running of the Bulls" in Spain, when a bull takes out a person, the animal doesn't take him down and keep running, the bull put his forehead and those horns right between the person's chest and he gores him. My eyes light up when I think about that, and I feel that if you finish your block and put defenders on the ground, the play can only go even farther. That is what I am best at!

ArmySports: Are there any offensive lineman in college or the pros that you look up to or simulate?

Ted Kimmey: Yes, there is in fact. My favorite offensive lineman is Jon Runyan RT #69, from the Philadelphia Eagles. Big Runyan finishes his blocks and lets no one, and I mean no one, stand around the pile. When you see a mammoth human being, 6'7" 330 lbs., flying through the air trying to crush someone standing around the pile you know that he fights hard and is willing to bust his butt for his teammates. He is everything I strive to be and model my game after.

ArmySports: How was your senior season at University High School in Orlando, FL?

Ted Kimmey: It was a wonderful and enlightening experience. Our head coach, John Flath, former FSU offensive lineman, was in his second season, and we were coming off a 2-8 season. We began working out in the off-season, becoming brothers, and learning the value of "Attitude and Persistence." When the season rolled around we were poised for what was to come. Our team finished 9-3, the best record in school history, broke every single season offensive and defensive record, and made it to the state playoffs for only the second time in school history.

We play in the 6A district, the largest schools and best talent in the state of Florida, and were extremely proud of our accomplishments. We ended up losing to the Edgewater Eagles, the 2004 6A State runner-ups, in the first round.

For me, I had the best season and time of my life. I finished with 60 knockdown blocks, allowed only 1 sack, invented new techniques like "Rocket Hands", "The Ruffian", and "The Bottle Opener", while also earning First Team All-Orange County, First Team All-Metro Conference, Second Team All- Friday Night Football, and I also participated in the Metro All-Star Game, and the nationally recognized Central Florida All-Star game, which takes players from seven different counties in Florida.

The offensive line and myself helped pave the way for the best balanced offense in the area, and imposed our will upon many teams. Overall, one of our goals was to leave the program better than it was when we came in, and we did that.

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