Aug 14, 2013
Nick King patiently waited his turn to make a statement on the UC Davis defensive line, but when he did he made sure it was an emphatic one. After picking up just four tackles over his first two years on the field, King exploded to be one of the Aggies' leaders in 2012. He led the team with 14.0 TFL's and 6.5 sacks, totalling 64 yards in losses between the two stats. King had 48 total tackles, forced two fumbles and tied for the team high in quarterback hurries with three. He racked up a pair of sacks and seven tackles at nationally ranked South Dakota State. King is majoring in sociology.
Junior cornerback Jabari Howard sat down with King to talk about his Aggie experiences. This is the fifth of a series of Q&A's with the Aggie senior class that Howard is conducting as part of "Jabari's Corner".
What was your best memory from last year's football season?
My best memory from last season has to be beating Sacramento State and sending Coach Biggs out on a good note. That was my third year in row beating them and I hope to make it four this year. There's nothing better than that.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
Shocking the world. I'm excited to see what happens this season. I think we have a lot of potential and we're ready to finally take that next step.
What is the best part of being a college football player?
Brotherhood. We're a part of the Aggie family. I think it's awesome to not only be tight with everyone on the team this year, but to be able to call guys who I played with when I was a true freshman and be able to see them and have an awesome conversation with them. Going to war with your brothers; there's nothing better than that connection, that's life.
Describe Coach Gould in one word.
If you were the director of a movie about Coach Gould, what actor would you cast to play him?
I'll say LL Cool J. He kind of has that swag but knows when to turn it on though. And he's bald.
Is there a player in the NFL that you try to model your game after?
I've never really been like that, but after seeing last season with J.J. Waat (Houston Texans), that dude did everything. He played inside, he played outside, he knocked down passes, he was just a force and I like the way he plays the game. Not only is he a good pass-rusher, but he's physical and I think that's awesome.
If you were to translate your game on the football field to the music industry what famous music artist do you think you would be?
I have to go with Tupac. He has his mean side but he also has his good side. I have that "Dear Mama" and "Picture Me Rollin'" side of me off the field but on the field it's that "Ambitionz Az a Ridah." On the field that's how I play, I'm vicious but off the field I'm a good guy.
If you became a UC Davis professor tomorrow would class would you teach?
Any sociology class because I love the concept of sociology in how everything has an impact. How you grew up influences the decisions you make. I've really been a part of that because of the way football has influenced the man I am today and that's a microcosm of sociology.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I have two pugs at home. I got a soft spot for pugs.
Now that you are a senior, what advice would you give to freshman>Nick King?
Be patient because a lot of the younger guys don't know, but I didn't touch the field until last year. You have to stay hungry because once I had my opportunity to play because of injuries I made sure that once I was on the field I wasn't going to get off the field. But I had to work to get to that point, so it's about patience and being prepared.
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