Meet James Dockery

April 14, 2009

After sustaining a knee injury and being forced to sit out last season, James Dockery is ready and looking forward to getting back on the field as a possible starting cornerback. Dockery is a fierce competitor who is known for his friendly and talkative personality both on and off the field, as he was voted the Biggest Talker on the team last year. He is not one to ever back down from a challenge, and he looks forward to stepping up and taking a major role on the team.

James Dockery in a nutshell...

I’m a fierce competitor with a good heart.

How has it been coming back from your injury?

It has been fun and it has been interesting. It has been a humbling experience. I am just happy to get back out there with my teammates, just running around, putting the pads on and trying to get better; back to where I was before this season.

What was your first job like?

Not more fun than playing football. It was a good experience. I worked at my uncle and aunt’s just filing papers and going on little business runs downtown. They own their own company so I just did the grunt work. Nothing too serious though.

What is a talent you would most like to have?

Magic. To be a magician, that would be fun.

Who is going to win the Super Bowl next year?

It’s hard to say. I’ll have to give the Chargers a shot at it out of the AFC, but I’m just going to say the Buccaneers because they are my favorite team.

What was it like growing up in La Quinta, Calif.?

It was fun, very hot. There are a lot of elderly people so it’s a lot friendlier than most places. It was definitely a good experience for me. It was opposite from where I grew up before in the Los Angeles area. It was a lot easier for me to focus on the stuff I needed to do to get here. It definitely helped me out in that aspect.

How was the transition from California to Oregon?

It wasn’t really that hard because I moved around a lot when I was a kid, so it was mainly just getting used to my environment. I can’t ask for a better place to be right now.

What has surprised you the most with Oregon State?

What surprised me that most, was probably what surprises most people throughout the nation, is our success. It’s a really slept on college, both academically and athletically. We are excelling in both aspects. That is the one thing that is most shocking.

Last season you were voted Biggest Talker, is that an honor for you?

That’s just how I am. I am a competitor and I just like to do that. I think that brings out the best in players. I play corner, that is a hard position, and I like to make it a little personal so that gives us a reason to keep wanting to come back out from the huddle. It’s all jokes and laughter on my team, but against opponents, it’s a little more serious.

What receiver in the Pac-10 would you like to go up against?

I look forward to going up against Damian Williams (USC receiver). He looks like a good challenge; a tall and athletic challenge. I think that will be a fun match up.

What should fans know about for next season?

They should expect someone that comes to play during every play, and I compete every play. I’m not someone that is afraid to fail or succeed in a big moment.

Best bowl moment?

I have two, my redshirt year when Sammie (Stroughter) had a punt return against Missouri that put us in scoring position, and when James Rodgers, during his fly sweep at the Maryland game, basically shook a guy out of his shoes. That was pretty nice.

Describe the fans of Beaver Nation…

I have to go with the chant O-S-U. I like them. They are passionate, very family orientated and every time I see them off the field, they have a smile on their faces. They really want to get to know you. They are great fans.

What is it like running through the tunnel on game day?

It’s the best feeling. I haven’t felt it in awhile, and I am looking forward to game day this season. Hopefully I will be there and get to feel it. There is nothing like running out there and seeing all the orange shirts.

Why football?

My uncles played it. The schools that were interested in me for basketball weren’t as big, and you can’t turn down the opportunity to play in the Pac-10.

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