Getting to Know You

Starting defensive ends Thomas Carroll and Baraka Atkins have been making quite an impact as young players. Carroll and Atkins took time to answer some personal questions to get to know these two a little bit better.

Carroll, a sophomore from Lakewood, New Jersey, had his best game as a Hurricane against Florida State recording two sacks and recovering two fumbles. Atkins, a freshman from Sarasota, leads the team with five sacks.

What is your favorite food?

Carroll: Lasagna or anything my grandmother cooks.
Atkins: My mom's meatloaf. I haven't had it since I've been to college.

What is your favorite movie?

Carroll: Final Destination 1 and 2
Atkins: Bad Boys 2 because I like comical action movies.

What is your favorite class or least favorite class?

Carroll: I like my sports leadership class.
Atkins: My favorite class is math. My least favorite would be a history course.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

Carroll: Something big so nobody would mess with you. I'd be one of those white Bengal tigers.
Atkins: I would probably be a tiger. I don't want to be the head of the jungle; I am not ready for that. They are big, strong, agile, and fierce.

What is your favorite thing about the University of Miami, not including football?

Carroll: The weather and the location. It's not that far from the beach. There is a lot to do down here, its fun here.
Atkins: The area and the partying. There is always something to do here.

What is your favorite article of clothing?

Carroll: Shorts.
Atkins: I like my black Yankees retro jersey with red and gray in it.

What is one thing that you want to do or try that you have not done yet?

Carroll: I want to go to some of the islands in the Caribbean.
Atkins: Score a touchdown. I want to score a touchdown before the season is over either a fumble or interception.

What is one thing that people don't know about you?

Carroll: I am just real cool and laid back.
Atkins: My dad was the mayor of Sarasota.

What do you want to do after you football career is over?

Carroll: Be happy.
Atkins: I want to run my own business. I am not sure what kind yet.

If you could play another position what would you want to play?

Carroll: Probably kicker or punter. There is no contact for them, they just kick it or punt it. I think I could do it if I worked on my mechanics a little bit (laughing).
Atkins: Linebacker.

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