published Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Seven answers from UTC cornerback Kadeem Wise

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cornerback Kadeem Wise, the only player in school history to be named All-Southern Conference his first two seasons, sat down with the Times Free Press to answer 10 questions. Some were about football, some were silly and others were about the man behind the helmet. Here are the seven most illuminating responses:

  1. What's the most memorable moment of your athletic career?

"It was seventh grade, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, it was overtime, and the other team had just taken possession. I asked the referee what would happen if I intercepted the ball and took it back all the way. He said the game would be over. So then the play started and I intercepted the ball and took it back. Game over. That was crazy."

  1. What athlete do you admire most?

"I'd have to say Deion Sanders. I watch a lot of his highlights, and he was a phenomenal player. Offensively, defensively, special teams -- all over -- he was a phenomenal player that was always making plays."

  1. Where do you see yourself or hope to be in 10 years?

"In 10 years I would like to be running a successful athlete's gym. I want to be helping other athletes get where they need to be."

  1. What part of playing college football has been the biggest surprise?

"When I first got here, the biggest surprise was the speed. That first practice, I got killed. I didn't know what was going on and it was so fast, but as time progressed I started getting the speed down. Then the surprise is how much film you watch and how much time you put into actually preparing to play. In high school we didn't do as much preparing, but once you get to college it's a lot more preparing, plus school. It was tough."

  1. What music, if any, do you listen to before a game?

"I mostly listen to stuff that gets me going, like rap. The Rich Kidz or Travis Porter -- something that has a nice beat. If it has a nice beat I'll listen to it, no matter if it's rock, country or what."

  1. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

"I'd like to be the commissioner of the NFL. No one really sees the best side of it. You see when he does things like hands penalties down, but you don't see the behind the scenes of it and what he does on a day-to-day basis. That's something I'd be interested in seeing."

  1. If you had to be stranded on a desert island with two teammates, who would they be and why?

"The two people would probably be Wes Dothard and D.J. Key. Since we first stepped on campus we've kind of jelled, and we've been best friends since then. Those two, they should be pretty resourceful when it comes down to it."

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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