Chat Wrap: Ruben Carter
Sept. 19, 2001
Stanford Jay: What is the most distinguishing characteristic of coach Willingham? His integrity perhaps?
Ruben Carter: Coach Willingham has many characteristics that make him a great coach, person, and role model. In my opinion, there is not one single most distinguishing characteristic. But his integrity is well known,
Sara (White River): do you think your gonna win the pac 10
Ruben Carter: I think we have a strong team with great leaders. We are going to have an exciting season. Winning the pac 10 is one of our goals.
Stanford_Kyle: Which wide receiver on our team do you like matching up against the least in practice?
Ruben Carter: Good question...
Stanford Jay: Who is the biggest stud on the Cardinal defense?
Ruben Carter: I don't know if there is one 'stud' on the defense.
We've all been play together for a while and that's what makes the defense special.
Joe (Allen): Mr. Carter, how are you even allowed to be here right now?Shouldn't you be in class?
Ruben Carter: Classes haven't started yet.
Mike: How would you describe this year's Stanford defense, compared to the defense in the last few years?
Ruben Carter: I think our defense has great leadership. We have a kind of bond that makes us a dangerous defense.
Paula: Boxers or Briefs?
Ruben Carter: Boxers...
Shawn - Bowling Green, Ohio: Hey Ruben - have you found that as you have displayed your excellent coverage skills that opposing teams are throwing less in your direction, or do they still think they have a shot at beating you?
Ruben Carter: I think that because of my size teams believe that they have an advantage and they try to challenge me to cover their recievers. But I enjoy the competition.
Jamie: What is your favorite thing about the'farm?'
Ruben Carter: The nice weather...and the great dorm food...
James Columbus, OH : what is the biggest change between this years teamand last years?
Ruben Carter: This years team is older with more experience. We have great leadership and talented younger players who are ready to step up and make this team great
cubbiebears: What professional (former or current) do you most model yourself after?
RubenCarter: My favorite player was Eric Dickerson. I remember when he use to weargoggles under his helmet. I use to wear a pair my soph. year in High School
Jon (Sunnyvale, Ca.): Ruben, I have enjoyed watching you over the pastfew years. What are your thoughts on having to play SJSU in December after playingemotional games against Cal and Notre Dame?
Ruben Carter: I'm excited that the SJSU game will be our last. They are our bay area rival and we will have necessary energy to play that game.
Atlanta: Do you think that your size is a disadvantage against the taller receivers?
RubenCarter: I see my size as an advantage because many taller receivers underestimate my ability. And that is where I have the advantage.
Dan Austin, TX: Ruben, What swayed you in your decision to attend Stanford over another school? What other schools were you looking at?
RubenCarter: The people that I met here had the biggest impact in my decision tocome to Stanford. They made me feel comfortable...I felt like I was about to bea part of something special. Coming from the Midwest, I was basically lookingat all of the big ten schools. But, growing up Notre Dame was the school I wantedto play for.
RubenCarter: Thank you all for your questions. I'm sorry that I couldn't answerthem all. Hope to see you at the games. Thanks