Moving on to the off-season, we’ll start doing some more player interviews. Our first for the “2012” season is true freshman who recently completed his first year of college football, Wide Receiver and Return man Mr. Spiffy Evans.
Spiffy, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us today. Let’s get started with the most obvious question that most BC folks want to know about Spiffy…
BCD: Where in the world did the awesome nickname “Spiffy” come from?”
SE: My grandfather gave it to me a while back. And it's stuck with me since
BCD: I [Wesley] got to meet a lot of your family in Miami, Great People, even with some custom BC/Spiffy gear, how is it living this far away?
SE: I have my days when I just hate it and there are days when I wouldn't want to be any where else. It sucks being away from family and friends but I try to remindmyself each day that I'm doing this for a greater cause.
BCD: What brought you to Boston College over other schools? Can you tell us how the recruiting process went?
SE: The recruiting process was crazy. I had over 30 offers but my mom felt stronglyabout BC. My dream school was always Alabama but when I had to consider my future, Boston College was a better fit academically.
BCD: Other than Football, what all do you want to get out of College.
SE: I want to get my degree. That's what I will need in order to have a successful future as well as make my family proud.
BCD: I [Wesley] know you are a fan of quotes, what are some personal favorites to you that help motivate?
SE: Well I make a lot of quotes daily so which ever one fits my mood I roll with. Here is aquote off the top of my mind, "I find motivation in my family because I'm an inspiration to them all. Guess its interdependent relationship." My favorite of all may be “Patience is a virtue”.
BCD: After a fairly hard season this year, what are your expectations for the team in 2012?
SE: [The] sky is the limit for us in 2012. I feel with a good winter and summer we will grow stronger as a unit and get the results we train for in the season to come.
BCD: Spiffy, what was your first year at school like? Was it like you had anticipated?
SE: My freshman year has been a learning as well as a growing experience. This long stay away from family has called for me to grow up and cherish everything more. I’ve become more responsible. I didn't anticipate it being this way. All of the other schools which I considered had huge fan base and large campuses so the smaller more education focused BC is the bigger difference. All in all I'm enjoying The Heights, good people decent food and I'm in Boston.
(this makes us sad we didn’t ask the Presto’s vs. Pino’s question…)
BCD: Can you tell us about your relationship with the coaching staff? Do you have a close bond with any of them?
SE: All the coaches are great guys. I don't have any close connection with any of them as I had in high school. But Coach Ben Johnson is cool.
BCD: You didn’t start off the year returning kicks. What happened that made the coaching staff give you a chance back there as atrue freshman?
SE: In high school that was my thing—kick returns, as well as punt returns. I started out on scout team helping the kick of coverage get work. Once my redshirt was burned during UCF week coach Dawson decided to give me a shot, which I appreciate so much. It's given me some game experience which I wouldn't have gotten otherwise.
BCD: While overall the year was a tough one looking at wins and losses, what was your favorite memory or memories from your first year as an Eagle?
SE: Going toNorte Dame and walking onto the field with my brothers to the left and right of me was crazy. As well as returning kicks there I dreamed of that. Can't forget going to Clemson and V-Tech. But nothin’ beats playing at home in front of friends and family and on my first kick return running the kicker over. It was great.
BCD: Do you have any personal goals in football? Any personal goals in life you can share?
SE: Well from a football stand point I want to be an All-American, also to break all the receiving records, TD records, and return records. In my life I want to continue being a role model for people—especially kids, as well as making my family proud and starting a family. Above all staying grounded in faith.
BCD: Any team goals that you hope to help the team accomplish in 2012 and beyond?
SE: Win the first game and everyone that follows as a unit, as one. All our othergoals will fall in place if we can be one.
BCD: A lot of times players can hear many of the things opposing fans yell or shout. What’s the most memorable or funny one (PG rated version, please) you heard this past season?
SE: Well I’ve heard a lot of vulgar as well as pleasant things. But the most memorable isafter Clemson’s game when all the fans were on the field a guy snatches my towel and said: "I'll take that, Skippy!"…too funny. Also, vs. V-Tech the chant of "Number 7 gonna die" as I fielded every kickoff return.
BCD: Well, despite my [Mike’s] wife being a Hokie, there’s a reason why I’ll never go and see another game in Blacksburg. I feel ya there.
If you could say one thing to the BC Eagle diehards out there, what would it be?
SE: Keep faith, because WE ARE BC!
BCDraft would like to thank Spiffy Evans for this time for this interview as well as his service to Boston College on and off the field. We can’t wait to cheer you on as well as the rest of the boys next season.