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Defensive End Kenyon Coleman Answers Your Questions
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/30/2001

Aug. 30, 2001

Jeff Evant (Los Angeles): What are your goals for the 2001 season both individually and for the team? Beat Alabama and GO UCLA!
"I think that if everyone on the team contributes and plays to the best of their potential, that our goals will all be accomplished. Of course every year we want to contend for a Pac-10 championship but I also think that I'd be lying if I didn't say we also have our goals on a bigger prize, which is the national championship. We're just going to take it one game at a time and see what happens."

Mindy Williams (Westchester, CA): First off, I'd like to say that you are my favorite player and I wish you the best this year. My question is, how important is school to you? I heard that you were a straight-A student in high school. Is that true? What are you majoring in and what would you like to do after football?
"Unfortunately I was not a straight-A student in high school, however school has always been very important to me. In my family, school has always been stressed. I have five brothers and sisters that have either finished college or are currently enrolled in college right now. My younger sister received a full-ride academic scholarship to Stanford. School is the main reason I decided to come back for my senior year instead of going to the NFL. I wanted to finish my philosophy degree because I know football doesn't last forever and I want to use my education as a stepping stone to other things once my career is over."

Mike Van Doyle (Pittsburgh, PA): I'd like to know your views on whether college athletes should be compensated for the large amount of money they bring in for their schools? I'm sure your jersey is being sold at the UCLA student store right now, yet you get nothing. How does that make you feel?
"I think that college athletes shouldn't be paid like NFL players, but I do think that maybe there should be some sort of compensation. Take UCLA for example, the cost of living in Westwood is very high and it would be nice to have some sort of way to pay for certain living expenses. Obviously when you're a college athlete, you don't always have time to work."

Chris Madsen (San Diego, CA): I'm from Alabama, but I really want UCLA to win this Saturday. Last year you guys were fortunate enough to play them in the Rose Bowl. How much of a home field advantage do you think Alabama will have in Tuscaloosa and how do you guys plan to handle the hostile environment?
"Any time a team plays at home they have an advantage. But I think this team is very mature. We have good depth and a lot of experienced players that have been in tight situations before and you can't teach that. I think we'll be okay in any environment we are put in."

Ryan Foyle (Woodland Hills, CA): How do you feel finally getting a chance to be back on the field after sitting out most of last year? Do you think you will be hesitant to get involved at first for fear of getting injured again?
"I'm really excited to be back and I don't think that getting injured again is going to be in my mind. I'm going to be so excited to just get out there and play. I had a good spring and I'm looking forward to just getting out on that field again and helping my team win."

Carmen Trejos (El Segundo, CA): Who has had the most influence on your football career?
"The most important influence on my football career would probably be my high school coach. He is a Christian and so am I. He taught me that just because you are a Christian, you don't have to be a soft football player. But in reality, there have been so many people that have influenced my football career that I think it would be a disservice to a lot of people to name just one person."


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