Q & A: Anthony Gabriel

Sept. 27, 2001

What is the team's morale like right now coming off the first two wins of the season?I think the team overall is pretty happy with the 2-0 start, but I think there are a lot of things defensively we can clean up. The offense has been putting up a lot of points for us so far, and even though the defense has not been bad, I think we could be a little better. We're looking forward to the challenge of USC and hopefully we'll be 3-0 and in a good spot.

The last few games against USC have been fairly close? Do you expect the same this time around?I think that's mainly because of the defense and not being able to put people away. This game is different because USC has so much speed and are very explosive, which can help them put a lot of points up in a hurry. It's been close the last few years, and you can probably expect another good game on Sunday.

What do you think you have improved on the most while being here at Stanford?When I first got here from right now, is night and day. I think when you first come out of high school, you're pretty raw on some things and you don't know how to tackle properly or stay low. I would say my ability to play the run has improved.

Who were your role models, as far as athletes, growing up as a kid?Junior Seau was one of my favorites, since I grew up in San Diego and he's a prominent Samoan athlete and I am of Samoan descent myself. Junior is a person I've always tried to look up to and I think I generally follow anyone in the NFL who is of Samoan descent.

What are your plans after college?After this year, I'll have a double major in psychology and sociology. To tell you the truth, I really don't know exactly and I'm not even sure if I would pursue football after the year is over. At this point, I'm planning to play it by ear and what ever happens, happens.

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