GVR Interview: Dominique Darden

"I'm really looking forward into playing Ferris State because they told me I picked the wrong school and Grand Valley was never going to treat me right. I just want to show them im doing very well here and I love being a Laker and nothing else."

As spring practice approaches GVReport will sit down with several Lakers to talk about their expectations for the spring and beyond. CB Dominique Darden is one of several players vying for a starting role and at a very important position.

KS: What player did you learn the most from last year?
DD: I learned a lot from BC (Brandon Carr) he taught me a little more about the game that I didnt know. He told me to always give everything I have and to never quit and I'll be rewarded for that. He was a great leader for me to look up to and I thank him for that.

KS: Tell us about your new number and how you got it...and what kind of stipulations BC gave you for getting it.
DD: My new number 24....now that is a great honor to wear such a powerful number with so much history behind BC gave this number to me because he said I remind him when he first started out and once again I really thank him for that.

KS: Do you feel you're ready to challenge for a starting spot this season?
DD: I feel I'm ready to compete during spring practice and summer camp for that starting spot we have a ton of great athletes which makes it tough but that is what life is all about: work, work, and work, and I'm ready to step up to that challenge.

KS: How has practice been going? Who is the best player you've had to cover? Name one receiver you've went up against in practice that impressed you who most fans don't know yet?
DD: Practice was a big awakening for me toward what college football is all about. I was much faster and intense no joking around at all, its nothing but business when you step on the field. I covered all the starting receivers Trent and Horn were very tough they used there body much which I was not use to but I began to learn toward the end of the season. Carlos Clark was a very skillful receiver that people dont know much about he has the speed and the jumping ability, im sure your going to be hearing about him next year a lot.

KS: Have there been any changes now that Coach Mitchell is the defensive coordinator?
DD: No the defense is pretty much the same but they are planning to put some new things in during spring practice but overall its the same.

KS: Now with a year under your belt, are you looking forward to teaching the incoming freshmen a thing or two?
DD: Well, the incoming freshman are going to be shocked at first but im looking forward to helping them out and be a teacher type role model.

KS: What have you improved most on since you've been at GVSU?
DD: I have improved greatly on my instincts on what the receiver is going to do next. I'm able to tell what is happening around me to predict on what the receiver just might be running next.

KS: Anything in particular you still need to work on before the season starts?
DD: I need to work on my aggressiveness a little. I'm more of a conservative corner but I feel I need to have some aggressive actions behind that.

KS: Even though you have yet to play, have you already been filled in on the importance of any game against Saginaw Valley or NW Missouri?
DD: Not so much NW Missouri but Saginaw Valley yes they have really improved their team as well and we are looking to have a great game against them and we are very eager for it as well.

KS: Have any specific game you are looking forward to playing this upcoming season?
DD: I'm really looking forward into playing Ferris State because they told me I picked the wrong school and Grand Valley was never going to treat me right. I just want to show them im doing very well here and I love being a Laker and nothing else.

KS: Has there been any excitement for the new indoor facility?
DD: Well the new indoor facility is a great add-on to the school when we have raining days we will still be able to have a great look rather than going in the recreation center and limit our movement.

KS: What kind of expectations do you have for the team for this upcoming season?
DD: Well I myself cant wait to get the 08' season started and be apart of a wining tradition and I really want to prove myself and become a better person on and off the field.

THANK YOU AND GO LAKERS


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