Before a cavalcade of interviews and redundant questions await Illinois defensive end Tim Kynard, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and right tackle Corey Lewis at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, football writer MATT DANIELS sat down with each player.
Tim Kynard, senior
Who does better with the ladies: quarterbacks, offensive linemen or defensive linemen? Defensive linemen. We get the baddest girls.
Do quarterbacks get too much media attention? I don’t think they get enough. If defensive linemen or offensive linemen had a little bit more exposure in the media, I think it should be able to take some of that pressure off the quarterback.
Who’s one college or NFL player you admire for their interview skills?
I’ll go with Bart Scott. Just because what he said two or three years ago when he said, ‘Can’t wait’ (in reference to the New York Jets’ playoff game at Pittsburgh in 2011 after the Jets beat the New England Patriots). It was great.
What Illinois football player deserves more publicity? I think Corey Lewis should get more pub just because how long he’s been here. It’s his sixth year, and he’s been through a lot. We should give him some credit. He’s been fighting through a lot of adversity, and he’s finally getting back on the field. Corey should definitely get more spotlight.
Who would you like to interview? Will Ferrell. He’s the funniest guy I know. Well, I don’t know him personally, but I’ve got all his movies. He’s hilarious.
Nathan Scheelhaase, senior
Who does better with the ladies: quarterbacks, offensive linemen or defensive linemen? I would have to say the quarterbacks. All those guys know how to speak, know how to present themselves and have a better physique than the offensive and defensive linemen.
Do quarterbacks get too much media attention? Yes. I think the same with head coaches as well. When things go good, they probably get too much praise. When things go bad, they get blamed probably too much. That’s all across the country. It’s something you know you’re getting into when you play the quarterback position.
Who’s one college or NFL player you admire for their interview skills? From an Illini perspective, I would say Dave Diehl has always done a really good job. Talking to some of the former players, they used to call him “Showtime” because he always liked to be out there and doing media stuff. Honestly, I think A.J. McCarron last week with how he did at SEC Media Days. I think he really got what he was trying to get across by being subtle about it, but making a point. I thought some of the things he said were bold but good.
What Illinois football player deserves more publicity? We’ve got some characters, but I’d say Ryan Lankford. Not only is he a great player, but he’s a very interesting dude off the field, whether it’s Instagram or Vine, things like that. He’s definitely fun to watch and fun to follow. He’s a fun friend to be around, so I’d definitely say him. He’s an enjoyable character, for sure.
Who would you like to interview? I’ll probably say after this last year Johnny Manziel would be fun to talk to and get some inside stories of what really happened in certain situations.
Corey Lewis, senior
Who does better with the ladies: quarterbacks, offensive linemen or defensive linemen? I think it’s kind of up in the air. As you know, Nate’s married now. He’s off the market. If I had to choose one, I’d love to go with my unit just off what I’ve seen.
Do quarterbacks get too much media attention? No, I think they take on a lot of media attention just because they are the most important position on the field. They take on a lot on a daily basis football-wise. I feel like they deserve as much as they get. I’ve seen the preparation Nate’s put in and all the other quarterbacks put in. That’s what comes with the position. When they choose to play that, I think they know that.
Who’s one college or NFL player you admire for their interview skills? If I had to select one, I like Jake Long. He just carries himself well. He’s never been in trouble. Both he and Joe Thomas are guys I just admire the way they play and the way they carry themselves, both on and off the field.
What Illinois football player deserves more publicity? I think we as a team deserve more. I believe we’ve made some strides this summer. You’ll come to see a lot of guys are prepared to step up for us this year, so it will be interesting to see. I would rather have (the media) pick who deserves more pub based off how they play.
Who would you like to interview? I would love to interview the Pouncey twins (Maurkice and Mike). I would love to be the third twin. I admire their desire to play the game and how physical, tough and aggressive they are. I kind of look up to them. They’re just great players.