20 Questions with Blake Cooksey
Updated: Saturday 04/19/2012 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
I chose William and Mary because of the academic standard and the great reputation as a good football team.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
I felt it the last day of camp because I knew that we, as a team, had been through a lot during camp and came together as a team.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I like to eat fruit during breakfast and then put on my headphones and listen to relaxing music to calm myself down. I tape my wrists and write my grandfather initials on both wrists to commemorate his death. I always play one song before I go out and it's by Explosions in the Sky and the song is called "Your Hand in Mine." Me and my best friend always listened to it before games and you might even recognize it from Friday Night Lights.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team has done?
We did a team carwash to help raise money for Avalon and ended up donating about $4,500 to Avalon in support of women and children who are sexual or physically abused in the Williamsburg area.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
Biology because I plan on going to medical school after W&M and I have grown up with my mother being a doctor and have always been interested in science.

Q: Describe your dream job:
My dream job would be to become an oncologist like my mother and possibly go into surgical oncology after medical school.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Most likely baseball because although I'm not as good at baseball, I love watching it and think it would be fun to play.

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
Taking the seniors off on the last day of practice because it just symbolizes them leaving and the respect the team shows them at the end of the year for their hard work.

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
I think Jabrel Mines will, because he is so outgoing and personable it'll be interesting to see what he does with those abilities.

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
Velociraptor because I love dinosaurs and compared to other dinosaurs they are smaller and faster like defensive backs on the football field.

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
"I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world." - Tupac Shakur

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Not to be cliché, but Chipotle or any type of Mexican or Tex-Mex place.

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Spain. It's my favorite just because the culture is so much different in Europe than in the United States. Food, interactions, and even the relationships are different.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
I definitely would pick my grandfather because I have so much to tell him and to share with him about my past couple of years, and I know he'd be so proud of me.

Q: Most addicting television show?
House. I find it to be very entertaining and keep me on the edge of my seat. Not to mention I love Hugh Laurie.

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
Hopefully when I become an oncologist I can cure someone's cancer and make them able to live a better and cancer free life.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
I play the piano and love to sing.

Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
My post about becoming a member of the William and Mary football team.

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
I've always wanted to climb some sort of mountain. Not necessarily Mount Everest but some noteworthy mountain. 

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
I think my musical ability is my best skill besides being athletic.

Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?
Chad Ochocinco. He is so sarcastic and funny and he actually answers his fans. It's hilarious to see what he posts to them.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
Someone with a bad attitude, especially if they are blessed with amazing athletic talent or intelligence because it shows that they are not thankful for what they were given and take their abilities for granted. It just is selfish and disrespectful.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Losing my family.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Overcoming my lack of height in high school in my earlier years to show that I can actually play football.

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