Q&A: V.J. Fehoko

Texas Tech linebacker V.J. Fehoko transferred to Texas Tech this semester after spending four seasons at Utah. As a graduate Fehoko is immediately eligible to play for the Red Raiders in the fall, following in the footsteps of his older brother Sam, who played at Texas Tech from 2007-2011.

How are you settling here in Lubbock and at Tech so far?

Fehoko: I love it. The town is nice and quiet, but I hear that's different when the season comes around. I am looking forward to it and it's a nice college town environment, something that is different then I'm used to but I love it so far.

How are you adjusting to the new defensive scheme? How is it different then Utah?

Fehoko: Well, football is football. The verbiage is a little different and different terminologies but it all has the same concept at the end of it. You have two great defensive coordinators Coach Wally and Coach Smith who are in my eyes masterminds and I have been around the game for a while and played under different defensive coordinators and these guys know what you're talking about.

How would you describe your relationship with Coach Smith? What is it like to play for him?

Fehoko: Coach Smith is like an older brother to me. I have known him since I was in middle school and he has been a close family friend of ours for years that relationship has always been there and will remain strong with our family bond but its good I love Coach Smith.

It has been reported that your family is close. What is it like being at Tech with Sam?

Fehoko: We have bloodline running through this town and I get antsy thinking about it. Everybody knows Sam, painted face crazy guy so I cant wait to give them some of V.J.

What are you going to bring to the table for Tech?

Fehoko: I will bring whatever is needed. I will do whatever it is for this program to win. I went out last year on a limb and its do or die basically.

It's early, but how good can this group of linebackers be?

Fehoko: The potential for these guys is unlimited. I have been around other groups of guys but here you have Sam Eguavoen who is a good leader for our crew. You have Micah Awe who is young who is going to be a prized player for us in the future along with the young linebacker corps. These guys will be extremely talented in years to come and the potential is unlimited. Its all on them and how they mature through the system but I think they will do well in the program.

Will Texas Tech be better at stopping the run in 2014?

Fehoko: Stats show this and this but I think the only problem with the run was us shooting ourselves in the foot last season. I don't think it had to do with the personnel or the players that we have; it starts with us and ends with us as Coach Wally puts it. 2014 is a new year and we are going to see how the Big 12 runs the ball and the defense.

Between your dad "Vili the Warrior", Whitley who played college ball, Sam, you and Breiden coming up too, who is the toughest?

Fehoko: You mention my dad and I think all of us still fear our dad so that one goes to Pops, but little brother, little big brother, he is a beast and I don't throw that phrase a lot so he is the truth.


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