Aug. 31, 2011
Redshirt freshman Tahj Kimble will make his season debut on Saturday against Northwestern in the Eagles' home opener. He talks about the depth at the running back position and what he loves about BC.
Talk about the depth this year at the running back position.
I feel like Montel [Harris] is a combination of the three running backs - Andre [Williams], Duece [Rolandan Finch] and me - on the depth chart. I feel like we all have to be ready to play and when it's our time, we will be able to fill the spots.
What kind of running back do you see yourself as?
I see myself as a shifty running back. I'm not really a slasher, but I have real good feet and I can get in and out of holes really fast and make a lot of people miss.
What are you most looking forward to on Saturday?
It's my first game, so I am looking forward to going out there and playing football. Earlier in the week, I had a lot of nerves, thinking, `I got to do this right; I got to do that right.' I have been talking to people who told me this is what I've been doing since I was little - playing football. They told me to relax and go out there and play. So, the nerves have kind of gone away and now I am just looking forward to it. I am just ready to play.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I usually listen to the same song - "We Ready" by Archie Eversole. I sit where I always sit and I say a prayer.
What was the change like coming to Boston from your home state of Florida?
It was a big change. Summer in Florida usually lasts until late November, early December. The weather here is about to change in a couple of weeks. I had to get used to that and buy warmer clothes. It's been a good transition. The coaches, my teammates and everyone else in the program made me feel at home here.
Do you have a favorite thing about Boston College?
Everything - It's a good school. When I came to visit, I knew I was going to come here. Aside from the coaches and players, the students I met on my visit were friendly. They were always introducing themselves to me. They didn't know anything about me and they still said they wanted me to come here. It made me feel at home.