So here we go with the guy CBS Sportsline.com recently anointed "the best defender in America."
CF.C: If you had to pick one teammate to be a role model for your son Mkristo Jr., who would it be and why?
Mkristo: One teammate right now I would pick is (junior free safety) Husain Abdullah. He's just a great guy. He does all the right things, he's funny but he is also responsible. He just got married last year and he is doing all the right things. I would say it's between him and (senior strong safety) Eric Frampton. They both have their heads on straight and they walk down a straight path.
Mkristo: Ah…Will Smith and Jada (Pinkett) because I really liked watching him in ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' back in the day and he is kind of a goofball like me, and Jada's kind of like my fiancée.
CF.C: If you had to pick a lineman to play QB, who would you choose?
Mkristo: Sam Baker at USC. I'd pick him because he is one of the best tackles I have played against and I want that rematch again.
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Mkristo: My most memorable high school football game…wow that's a good one….we played Interlake and we beat them like 58-0.
CF.C: What is your favorite stadium, other than Martin Stadium, to play in?
Mkristo: Husky Stadium is nice when we go in there. Even better when you go in there and beat them? Yeah.
CF.C: What has been your most memorable moment so far in your WSU career?
Mkristo: Most memorable moment would be my five sacks (earlier this season) at Stanford. That was great!
CF.C: Given the popularity of your summer columns for Cougfan.com the last two years, have you given any thought to a career in media when you're done with football?
Mkristo: You know, media was my first dream. I was actually a communications major and I wanted to be a broadcaster or something like that, so yeah, I would love to do something in the media in the future.
CF.C: You've said you were a Cougar fan since you were a kid? Can you remember your favorite player as a kid?
Mkristo: Oh man…back in the day I really liked Drew Bledsoe. But you know what, one of my favorite players, actually, would be Jason David. I played with him. But Billy Newman, I remember watching him play. I also liked Leon Bender, and another favorite would have to be (all-time WSU sacks leader) DeWayne Patterson. But Billy Newman -- he was really fun to watch.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hayden Eller, 13, is an eighth grader in Chelan, Wash., where he plays quarterback and safety for the fightin' Pirates of Chelan Middle School. His addiction to crimson and gray started four years ago when he attended his first game at Martin Stadium, a Cougar win over Idaho. His father, Jeff, is a 1985 WSU graduate. Hayden has named his dog Butch, and currently is working to turn his little brother and mom into avid Coug fans.
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