August 13, 2002 - by
A Seminole Conversation – Alonzo Jackson

Aug. 13, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Defensive end Alonzo Jackson, one of the most animated players on the team, took time out after Tuesday’s early practice to answer a few questions for Zo, who hails from Americus, Ga., is one of six returning starters among last year’s front seven and enters his senior campaign as the most effective pass rusher at defensive end and one of the team leaders.

What’s harder, the first week of two-a-days or the second week and why?

“The second week is always harder. You have all the lactic acid built up in your legs, it’s hot and we’re just ready to get it over with. The first week we’re excited and ready to get out there, but the second week is kind of grueling. You’re ready to hit another color jersey.”

Describe yourself in one word using the following letters…

N “Nerve. You got to have a lot of nerve to be on the end, to be overmatched by bigger offensive linemen and offensive tackles with good feet.”

O “Outstanding. When I make plays and I’m out there, I want to be able to jump up and scream at you. I want people to say, ‘That right end is really doing an outstanding job and is really out there having a good time.’ I want to be outstanding.”

L “Leader. I like to do everything right and I like everybody else to do right around me. I also think I am a good motivator.”

E “Endeavor. Endeavor means journey. I’ve been through a lot of things in my life and I still have a long way to go. I believe that through all my endeavors, I’ll find some way to see it through.”

S “Scholarship. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have a scholarship to play ball. I am graduating in three and a half years, so scholarship is a main thing in my life. Both my mom and my dad wanted me to graduate from high school and college and that’s what I am going to do.”

What is your impression of the freshman so far?
“The freshman are a talented group of guys, especially the backfield which stands out at me right now. Every one of them can play on MY team any day! They’re hard workers. On defense, they’re humble and just trying to learn because there’s a lot of things on defense you have to learn to be great and they are taking initiative to learn.”

Do you like doing interviews?
“I do like doing interviews and I like TV the most because that’s kind of what I want to do. That’s what my degree is in and that’s what I want to do once my football career has ended. I like interviews because I like telling people how I feel and my viewpoint. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion.”

What’s the one date you have circled on your calendar for the upcoming season and why?
“November 16th – North Carolina, because they embarrassed us on national television. They scored 40 some odd points and we’re ready to avenge that loss. That game made the defense look atrocious out there and we’re ready to get back to them.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
“If I were to change one thing about myself, about my football game, it would be to get stronger. I want to develop a stronger upper body. My lower body is strong enough, right up there with everybody else, but my upper body needs to get stronger and that would enhance my game so much more.”

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