JL - Sebastian, who gave you the nickname Seabass and does it bother you?
SV - No, it is not bothering me at all. I do not remember who exactly gave me the nickname but my teammates and coaches started calling me Seabass from the first day I arrived in Houston. I think they were referring to that one guy from Dumb & Dumber. All my friends call me Seabass now and I think some of them do not even know my real name, but that is OK.
JL - How is the back and when will you start practicing in full pads?
SV - My back feels really good, and I got the "full go" [ahead] last week. I do not have pain in my back or leg anymore and I have been participating in spring practice, although the doctor does not see the need for me to be involved in any contact drills yet. I will practice in full pads in the fall.
However, I am really confident and I am looking forward to it.
JL - Coach Briles has said that you have NFL potential. Do you see yourself playing at the next level?
SV - I think it is every football player's dream to play in the NFL one day and especially for a kid from Germany. However I am focusing right now on becoming the best football player I can possibly be and help UH as much as I can and everything else might follow. I practice every day to get better and I hope I will get the chance to play at the next level one day.
JL - How popular is American Football in Europe? We all know soccer is the most popular, by far, but how does football compare with the other sports.
SV - Football in Europe is not popular at all. It has started to get some recognition in newspapers and television but you cannot compare it to soccer, basketball, tennis or handball.
JL - Tell us a little about the team you played on in Germany, what position you played and how you came about to putting on the pads.
SV - After I was done being a swimmer for about 10 years, I needed something more exciting and more physical. I came across Football and found out thatthe best youth team in Europe is in my hometown (I did not even know that they existed, that might tell you how popular Football is in Europe!).
The Düsseldorf Panther won the German Championship four times in the row and has not been beaten for the past four years. I liked the way they practiced and the idea of a team sport so much that I started practicing with them the very next day. I played OT for 4 years and had to play DE to help out the team for my last 2 years.
JL - Can you give us what the 2-deep across the offensive line is right now?
SV - I am sorry, but I cannot give you the depth chart quite yet. In my opinion spring training is giving everyone a chance to step up and battle for positions. We have some hurt players and some others have to help out consequently.
Just one thing is clear; the offensive line is going to be really good.
JL - What do you like the most about living here in Houston and what do you miss the most from home?
SV - I like everything about Houston, I love the Coogs and my teammates, I am a warm weather guy and I think I am at the right place. I am so happy to be here and that I got the chance to get an education and play the sport I love. I appreciate everything that people have done for me to help me out. The most I miss from home has to be my family.
JL - Tell us a little bit about your home town.
SV - I was born in Düsseldorf but I grew up in the suburbs of it. It is a small town but really close to the bigger cities around it. It is not that much different from a smaller city in the US. My entire family is still there and they enjoy it a lot.
JL - What is your major and when will you graduate?
SV - I am a communication major and I will graduate this fall, but I will either get another bachelor or apply for the Masters program.