Spring Recap: DE Thomas Carroll

Spring practices concluded last Saturday with the defense producing nine sacks and two interceptions on the day. Defensive end Thomas Carroll is looking forward to his final season.

NAME: Thomas Carroll
HOMETOWN: Lakewood, N.J.
POSITION: Defensive End
NUMBER: 90
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 235
YEAR: Senior

CAREER GAMES/STARTS: 32/19
CAREER STATS: 117 tackles, 22 for loss, 12.5 sacks, 6 fumble recoveries

SPRING REVIEW: Carroll has realized this is his last spring and enjoyed it. He has always been one of the characters on the team, but this spring was different. Not only did he have fun, but he produced on the field throughout the spring.

2005 OUTLOOK: Carroll will be the team's starting right defensive end and is looking to close out a productive career with a trip to the Rose Bowl. He is a player that is always around the ball, yet undervalued at times. His contribution as a Hurricane could be appreciated more this season as he provides leadership and stability to the defensive line.

SPRING ARTICLE: "Knowing The Game"

Q&A WITH THOMAS CARROLL

What are your thoughts on the spring?

"I thought it was a good spring. At the beginning the defense was doing well and the offense was struggling. Towards the end of the spring the quarterbacks had a little bit more time to throw the ball."

What are your thoughts on the spring game last Saturday?

"A lot of guys made plays. Ryan Moore looked good with the long touchdown reception. Sinorice Moss made a good catch on the sideline and the tight ends played well too. I think we did a lot of things well as a team. Defensively, we got off the field. I think it was great that we had a number of three-and-outs and then got off the field."

How do you think the defensive line did as a unit?

"I am not sure how many sacks we had, but we could have had a couple more. We played well as a line and were a little short on numbers. We did a good job concentrating on getting off the field. Every time we came on the field I made it a point to tell our guys to get them to go three-and-out."

As a defensive player it is tough seeing an offensive player make plays, however it will only help the team in the long run. What are your thoughts on some of the offensive talent on the team?

"They have showed me a lot this spring especially with the running backs. It has been a long time since I have seen a running back be able to break a long run. I hate to see it happen on our defense because I don't want anyone getting yards on us, but just to see that kind of explosion from a back is good for our team. We have not had that since Willis McGahee or Frank Gore during his freshman year. That is something I am looking forward to seeing this year."

What is that like when you watch an offensive player have a big play during a game?

"There is no better feeling watching a guy break off a big run from the sidelines."

You seemed to be having a lot of fun this spring, is it because it is your last one?

"Yeah it is. It is my last go around and I really tried to enjoy it. I said after the Peach Bowl that I "smelled roses". We all have to come out here and have fun. There are some days we don't want to be at practice, but you have to have fun and appreciate it for what it is. The more fun I have the more fun people around me have."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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