The Dolphin Dozen series of interviews conducted by "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze continues with football sophomore Dakota Trice. He is in his second year in the program. You can listen to the interview or read the transcript below.
- Do you have superstitions? Are there certain things you have to do before every game?
Not really. I usually just make sure I'm well hydrated before the game and eat a lot so I'm ready to go.
- Do you have a greatest athletic or academic achievement so far?
Not yet. I'm still getting started. This is my first year starting and we have a long season ahead of us.
What about starting this year though. You've had a few games where you've racked up a ton of tackles. I know at the beginning of the year, I don't think you anticipated being in this kind of role, but how do you feel that you've embraced thus far?
I'm just trying to do my best to do my job and help my team win, so that's what I'm doing right now.
- When did you start playing football?
Probably when I was about six years old.
What got you into the game?
I was actually just driving by with my dad one day and he asked me 'do you want to sign up for football?' because football signups were going on. I was like 'ehhhh, I'll try it out'. I got into it and I've been in love with it ever since.
You play linebacker now, but what did you play when you first started?
When I first started playing, I was actually quarterback and linebacker, so I played both. I've played linebacker for pretty much my whole life.
- If you weren't playing football, what sport would you play?
I'd probably have to say baseball, only because that's the only other sport I've ever played other than football.
What did you play in baseball?
I played a lot of positions. I played shortstop, catcher mostly. Before I ended my career, I ended at catcher.
How long did you play?
Probably from when I was about six until eighth grade.
Baseball and football. That's our first answer for baseball, we get a lot basketball on this thing. Everyone seems to want to play basketball if they're not playing whatever sport they're playing.
- What is your number one song on your hype/pregame playlist right now?
Definitely "52 Bars" by Lil Durk.
What does it about that song for you?
It's just a song I grew up listening to and I listened to every game since I was probably in middle school.
You're not going with the trends or anything like that, you're sticking with what's got you here.
I like to listen to songs that remind me of home. Makes me remember why I'm doing it.
- What drew you to come to JU?
I really like the coaches here and they gave me a shot to continue my dream to play Division I football. I came here and I fell in love with it.
- What is your major?
Are you leaning anyway or have any thoughts towards what you might choose?
Yeah, I'm taking a couple of business classes right now, so I'm probably leaning towards business. I'm still just trying to let it figure itself out.
Do you have a dream out there, maybe it's a pipe dream type of career beyond football?
Ahhh, not yet. That's the thing that my parents have been telling me to think about every day. I'm still just focused on football, but I guess I'll get it figured out soon.
You've still got time, there are people that graduate college and they still don't know what they want to do.
- Where are you from and what is the defining characteristic of your town?
Brandon, Fla. It's in the Tampa Bay area. It's a small town and everyone pretty much knows each other in Brandon. I just love the community and stuff.
- Do you have a favorite road trip memory from your time at JU?
Ahh, there's a few. One of them would have to be with my roommate, Cedric Wilcox III. We were on a plane and he fell asleep. The flight attendant had put a glass of water on his tray and he didn't know it. He woke up and hit the tray and ice-cold water spilled everywhere on him and he got up and wanted to take swings at everybody. [laughs]
- You wear number 42. Is there any particular reason?
I can't say that there is. I wore number 21 in high school and I got to college and they just kind of threw me in it and it's kind of growing on me.
It's doubled what you wore in high school.
Yeah, that's how I try to think of it. It's 21 times two.
- What is your go-to pregame meal?
Pregame I like to eat pasta, because my mom has always made me pasta before my games, ever since I was little, so it just reminds me of home.
Do you go red sauce or white sauce?
I like to mix it up, but if I had to have a favorite, it would probably be red sauce.
- Our last question was posed by our previous Dolphin Dozen guest Natalie Wehner of volleyball. She wants to know what is your favorite part about being a student-athlete at JU?
Favorite part would have to be how our school is a small school, and a big percentage of it is student-athletes. I like being a part of that little clique in the school. That's pretty cool to be a part of.
Your turn. What would you like to know about a fellow student-athlete?
What's your favorite sporting event to go to at JU?