Pre-Texas A&M Nick Leaders Q&A

Durable, tough and dependable. All three words can be used to describe ISU nose guard Nick Leaders. The senior currently is in second place on the Division I Consecutive Starting List with 45 straight starts for the Cyclones.

On being able to stay uninjured…

I think a lot of its luck. The bumps and bruises are part of the game, but you've just got to hope you don't get anything major. Most people that get injured are freak accidents where they twist their knee or something happens usually it's not really with contact. For me I guess a lot of it‘s just luck.

 

 

On taking pride in playing every game…

That's what our coach preached in high school. He said the only way you could get better was to be on the field every day. So I go out there, some days you feel worse than other days but you just go out there and work through it. As long as you're on the field you're going to get better.

 

 

On if he was aware of the streak…

No, I knew I've only missed a couple practices sine I've been here.

 

 

On what caused him to miss practice…

During the bowl practice I hurt my back and missed two days. I think it was the only two I've ever missed here.

 

 

On whether or not he's been close to missing a game…

No, I mean there's never been anything that's been that serious. I've had things taped up and stuff like that but nothing serious that I've ever thought about missing a game.

 

 

On if he missed a game in high school…

No.

 

 

On if he's looked on film and ever seen anybody being close to landing on him…

You see a lot of things on film where you're like I don't know how that happened. You get rolled up on or someone falls on the back of your leg. Sometimes it looks a lot worse than it does and sometimes your cleat gets caught and somehow releases before you fall to the ground. I guess I've just been fortunate and hopefully I can keep the streak going.

 

 

On the nastiness in the pile…

The next day you're always walking with a little limp. You're a little sore, but nothing's ever been too serious. I think the worst that I've done is probably sprain an ankle or a wrist or a thumb.

 

 


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