Mark Singer Talks Rocket Football

Mark Singer is a 6-1, 195 pound freshman safety for the Rockets. He came to Toledo as a true freshman in 2008 and worked his way into the starting free safety position as the season went on. Read on for the latest as he prepares for the 2009 season.

Mark Singer is a 6-1, 195 pound freshman safety for the Rockets. The Cinnaminson, NJ native came to Toledo as a true freshman in 2008 and worked his way into the starting free safety position as the season went on. He finished the season with 21 tackles and an interception, coming on strong after earning a starting role. In fact, Singer impressed coaches so much that towards the end of the season they moved senior free safety Tyrrell Herbert to cornerback so that Singer could play more.

As he prepares for his sophomore season in 2009, Mark has found himself in a familiar position.....another new coaching staff. "I had different coaches every year through high school, so I am used to it," Mark Singer recently told Rocket Digest in a phone interview. "It's different, but you got to do what you do. They all want to win, the old coaches and the new coaches."

So what does Mark think of the new staff? "After this last month I've got used to them and like them a lot," Singer said. "They're great. They're really involved."

As any Rocket football player we have talked to, Mark mentioned how tough winter conditioning is this year. "It's tough. Very tough. But the work you put in now will prepare you for the season and I think we will win because of it."

Mark also shared with Rocket Digest what a typical day is like for him. "We wake up at 5am and head to the Health Center to be ready to go before 6am. We do agilities, strength and conditioning, and training tables. Then I have classes for a while. We go lift around 4pm, and then I have some more classes again. There's a little time to relax at night."

Below is a brief Q&A with Mark designed to help Rocket fans to get to know him better.


Brian - What are your expectations going into spring practices?

Mark - I expect to start and get better as the year goes on. As a team, we will be closer as a family. That is something the new coaches are big about, being a family. We will be more disciplined too.


Brian - What do you feel you have to work on to prepare for the 2009 season?

Mark - Getting used to the new defensive scheme we will run. The different coverages and so forth.


Brian - Who is your position coach now?

Mark - Coach Nichols.


Brian - What are your impressions of Coach Nichols?

Mark - He's all about discipline and doing everything right. He's a funny guy that can make things easier to get through. You gotta work hard for him.


Brian - Do you have a major?

Mark - I'm undecided right now, but thinking about going into business.


Brian - Do you have any hobbies?

Mark - Basically just hanging out with kids on the team. The new staff has us doing a lot of competitive things like bowling as a team now.


Brian - What motivates you?

Mark - People telling me I can't do something.


Brian - Do you have a favorite movie?

Mark - Old School.


Brian - Is there anyone that you pattern your game around?

Mark - Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles.


Brian - Where do you see yourself in five years?

Mark - Hopefully playing football somewhere. If not, I'd like a big family and to get a house back home in New Jersey at the shore or something.



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