Senior Day Q&A

Nov. 19, 2010

Senior wide receiver Rod Harris

Senior wide receiver Rod Harris

On what Senior Day means to him:

“I’ve watched a couple of classes do it, and it’s a big thing. You put in so much time and it’s like you did it all for this point to be a senior. It’s a sign that you’re getting ready to graduate. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. I’ve seen a lot of people pack their stuff and go home, or get sent home. It’s been a long journey, and I’m excited for it; excited to turn the page.”

On his family members coming to the game:

“I have a lot of people coming. My son is coming, my baby sisters are coming. I’ve got a one-year old sister and a three-year old sister and a six-year old little brother. My mom is going to be here. I’m really glad that she has a chance to make it, because at first she wasn’t going to be able to be here, but her job let her take the day off. So I’m really excited about that.”

On his memories of playing at KU:

“My biggest moment is probably not even playing, it’s just watching each other grow. That’s the fun part. Game day is three hours, and that’s what the entire week is for. I played a little bit, but didn’t play much. We’ve had some big wins while I’ve been here, which is exciting. (My favorites were) the Georgia Tech win and the game where Kerry Meier caught the game-winning pass against Missouri (in 2008). I’ve been a part of some good games, but the best part is when you get here, you’re in the dorms, you’re with the guys and being part of the team. You have something special, you work hard, you’re up at five in the morning practicing while the rest of campus is sleeping. Those are the times that nobody else gets to see and those are the best times. Those are the times that are the most memorable.”

On what he wants to do after his career at KU:

“I want to get into music. I like songwriting and producing. I write a lot of music, I rap and that’s what I’m really focused on. My goal is to have a music career and I think I’m really close to that goal.”

On why he enjoys music as much as he does:

“It opens the door to a lot of different things. Music allows me to express myself. I come from a hard place and have been through a lot of things. I tell stories in my music from what happened to me with women to life growing up. That’s what I want to do. After this season, I’m coming out with a mix tape called ‘Turning The Corner’ and it’s about me putting football in my past and going on to music. That’s how I’m going to use it.”

Senior wide receiver Reece Petty

Senior wide receiver Reece Petty

On his experience at KU:
“It’s been really good experience. It’s been a good five years of learning a lot through a structured environment.”

On most memorable times at KU:

“Definitely on top would be the Orange Bowl. The Insight Bowl was pretty good and the Missouri game that year (in 2008) was really good too. The amount of fun I had, the friendships I was able to build and the connections I’ll be able to keep for the rest of my life I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

On why he went to KU:

“I grew up about six hours away from here in south west Kansas. I grew up always wanting to go here, and then they offered me a walk-on position. So I decided I would come here.”

On his grandpa:

“My grandpa played at Marquette when they had a football team, but they no longer have one. He’s about the only person in my family that has played. I just grew up watching it and wanted to play.”

Senior defensive end Quintin Woods

Senior defensive lineman Quintin Woods

On Senior Day:

“Senior Day means giving it all you’ve got. You know that it’s the last time you’re going to be on your home field in front of your home crowd so you’ve got to make it count. You’ve got to work hard and leave it all on the field. Most importantly, you’ve got to appreciate and enjoy the moment because it’s your last time.”

On his time at KU:

“Opportunity is the first thing that comes to mind. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to be here and to have the opportunity to play for Coach Gill. Overall, I’m just blessed to be a student here, to be a student-athlete here.”

On what it would mean to beat OSU:

“That would mean the world to me. It’s definitely a goal I think we can accomplish. We’ve just got to continue to keep working hard at practice and most importantly, we will have to come out and execute everything on Saturday. That would be the goal and I think we can accomplish it.”

On how he feels about the future of the program:

“There’s nothing but positive feelings and thoughts going forward. It hasn’t been easy because it’s the rebuilding process right now, but I have no doubt that Coach Gill is going to recruit the type of guys he wants to play here and there is definitely a very positive outlook, no doubt.”