USFNation Class of '07 Q&A: David Fonua

David Fonua might have taken a little longer to get to the USF campus, but now that he's here, it's no wonder why the Bulls were willing to wait. In todays exclusive USF Class of '07 interview, find all about the All-State defensive end, what type of a player he is, what it has been like since he got to campus, and more. Only on USFNation.com! Get it First, Get it Fast!

David Fonua Profile

USFNation.com: How does it feel to finally be on campus?
David Fonua: Everything feels good. This is what I expected right now. I just got to put on the pads and see how things work out. 

USFN: How has it been your first semester?
Fonua: I just know a lot of people over here, I'm not like just a stranger around. I'm in with  a lot of people,  knowing a lot of people makes me feel comfortable. Another thing, all the football players that I'm playing with now, I played against in high school, so its kind of funny. 

USFN: What players have you become the closest with?
Fonua: He's not on the team no more, but I've been hanging  a lot with my cousin Siaosi, he's graduating this semester.. It's not really blood related, we just known each other for a real long time, so we just call ourselves cousins.

USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Fonua: They started during my junior year, Coach Franks, and coach Clark some, but he's not here any more, also coach Leavitt visited me a couple of times in high school.  

USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your recruitment?
Fonua:  Coach Franks probably the most during my recruitment. Since I've been here it's been coach Leavitt. He's very energetic, he trains with us and everything, his energy level is something.

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Fonua: I know a lot of the players already  

USFN: What position did the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play any other positions?
Fonua: Defensive end, but I can also play inside.

USFN: What side do you prefer?
Fonua: It doesn't really matter I can play both, but I prefer left. .

USFN: Are you flexible, and willing to play at a position of need and excel at it?
Powe:  I'll play where ever they need me.

USFN: What type of a defense do you like to run the most?
Fonua: Base defense, 4-3, 3-4, but It really doesn't matter.

USFN: What type of offense do you like to see when you get to the line?
Fonua: I like when a team is in the I- formation for some reason. Hitting the fullback is fun, If you can get rid of the lineman, then hit the fullback and then make the play at the same time, it doesn't get much better.

USFN: What is your favorite move?
Fonua: I have  a lot of moves, I don't prefer just one, I like to mix it all in.  If  I'm on the outside I like use a little swim move and then dip my shoulder so the offensive lineman can't get his hand on my chest. If I'm at D-tackle I like to use my speed and use like a spin move or something like that. My favorite thing to do is make a sack. 

USFN: What is your favorite play  to run?
Fonua:  This play called red dog, where the defensive end drops back into coverage. I liked that type of a play

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Fonua: Well the coaches keep telling me that I have a motor,  and I just keep on going, I don't know when to stop. Sometimes it's hard for me to stop after the whistle, so they like that. 

USFN: Is there anything you want to work on? 
Fonua:  I want to work on my endurance, and personally I like to get a little bit faster.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Fonua:  I'd say Dwight Freeley from the Colts. He's short, I'm short, and we both play D-end, and have similar aggressiveness. 

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Fonua:  Right now I'm 6'2, 257 pounds, and the last time I was timed I ran a 4.8 

USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Fonua: I played baseball for nine years, but once I got to high school I played football, Also track and weight lifting. 

USFN: How has winter conditioning been since you got to Campus?
Fonua:  Oh man its different. In the beginning I had to get used to it, and they kept calling me back, because I wasn't used to the speed and I kept jogging, and had to get used to it. Right now I'm doing okay, I'm doing pretty good actually, they haven't called me back once. I learned my lesson. 

USFN: What is the biggest difference that you notice at this level? 
Fonua:  First thing you notice is the size and the speed,  everybody seams a lot be bigger and faster. I was a big guy in high school, I was the big dog, but right now we're all even. Actually I'm the little dog now trying to get up.

USFN: Do they have any problems redshirting? 
Fonua:  I have no problem with it, it's their choice. If I do good in spring, and they want to play me as a non redshirt freshmen then that's  good for me, but if I redshirt it'll just make me work harder, and that's not a bad thing.

USFN: Do you think you have an edge on the other D-ends that won't get here until summer?
Fonua:  Right now knowing the speed is big, a lot of times when guys first come in their not used to the speed of it all, and have more of a chance to get redshirted. Right now I know the speed ,so I have that. 

USFN: Do you enjoy playing special teams?
Fonua:  I have no problems playing special teams .

USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Fonua: Right now I just want to try and get my education. Then I really want to leave like a footprint at USF. When I leave, I want people to say oh  that was David Fonua, he did that, he did this. Like a role model. I'd like to be a three year starter, mabey four. Also every football player mind is to enter the draft so that be a good accomplishment. 

USFN: What three things come to your head when I say USF?
Fonua: I would say running, training and education.

USFN: What team are they most looking forward to playing against in the next 4 years?
Fonua:  West Virginia, because I got this friend went to camp together, and he and all these West Virginia players were talking trash. Not trash like they hate me, but they were like making fun of us, and that they're a better team now, and that they got us discovered, and they going to redeem them selves next season. so I'm looking forward to playing them.

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