Preseason Football Q&A: Goryal Scales

Junior Goryal Scales, a local product from Carver High School, has emerged as a leader on the Deacon defense, especially a defensive line that must replace three starters in 2003. Scales, who plays nose tackle, saw action in all 13 games last year, tallying 22 tackles and four tackles-for-loss. After Thursday afternoon's practice, Scales visited with for a Q&A session.

Q: In the media guide, you were the overwhelming choice as the team's top singer. How does the team know about your talents? What do you like to sing?
GS: They've caught me singing every now and then. I've also sung a few times at Athletes in Action programs. I like to sing R&B and gospel.

Q: There's been a lot of talk about having three new starters on the defensive line. As one of those new starters, how do you think the line has developed during preseason practice?
GS: We've done pretty well. Jerome Nichols has really stepped up with some dominating plays. I've been injured but I should be back at full speed soon and hopefully be able to contribute. Jason Finklea is a very physical player and is a great asset to the line.

Q: What do you do to get pumped up on gameday?
GS: I don't get too pumped up. I mainly stay to myself, stay focused. Sometimes that changes once I get on the field, but I usually just focus on my own preparations.

Q: Having grown up in Winston-Salem, what is it like playing for your hometown team?
GS: It's great having my family so close. They're my No. 1 supporters. They get behind me and keep me going.

Q: Would you like to pursue a professional football career after college?
GS: It's definitely something I'd like to attain. I have to keep getting better. I think I've shown my coaches that I've improved each year, and I think they've taken notice.

Q: The team leaves for Boston a week for tomorrow. What goes through your mind when you tthink about the season opener just over a week away?
GS: The plane trip, the bus rides, just being with my teammates. And focusing on doing the best I can.

Q: What ACC team do you most want to beat this year?
GS: The games we played the worst last year -- NC State, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson -- those games are marked on my calendar.

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