Q&A With Ronnie Daniels
Ronnie Daniels is looking to make his mark on the Red Raider program.
Aug. 7, 2011
by Britton Drown
Q: What is it like competing with Eric Stephens every day?
A: I can tell he wants it just as much as I do. I like having that with a teammate at the same position. We are vying for a spot, but at the end of the day we are also vying to win games. We push each other and make each other better. He tells me what I'm doing wrong, and there's not a lot that he does wrong so I can't correct him but he helps me out because I do mess up sometimes with the offense. He helps me out, just trying to tell me to relax and play the game."
Q: What is your relationship with running backs coach Chad Scott like?
A: "He's a really good coach. He lets you just be a player. He coaches you to the line and then after that he just lets you be a player. It's good having a coach like that because he focuses on the details and making the play. He just wants you to make the play. He is always encouraging and motivating because he wants you to be great. He always asks `Do you want to be good or do you want to be great?' I'm trying to be great. I'm not trying to settle for good. I like Coach Scott. He's a good coach."
Q: You have been touted as a great student too, what do you plan on studying at Texas Tech?
A: I was going to major in finance, but I changed it to wind energy. I kind of wanted to do something in environmental sciences and be outdoors.
Q: What is this time of the year like as a freshman entering the program?
A: "I just cant wait for the fall because everyone talks about how fun the fall is and I know this is a football town with Texas Tech. Everyone gets hyped for football season."
Q: What was the highlight of your summer?
A: I think it was when we finally got to work out with our freshman class. We all just came together and I actually got to see that we are going to be nice, because they were working just as hard as I am. That's what I like to see. I don't like to see anyone slacking. I always try to get everyone going to the best and as fast as they can."
Q: What came into your decision to come to Texas Tech?
A: Just the coaching staff. Sonny Cumbie did everything he could to get me up here. Just knowing this was a work in progress and knowing that we are going to continue to get better every year."