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Question and Answer with Snapper Gavin Tarquinio

Oct. 20, 2005

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

“Most people don’t know that I’m a devout Christian.”

What would be your ultimate Sports Center highlight?

“It would be to cause a fumble against any team and return it for a touchdown.”

If you had to exchange wardrobes with someone on the team, whose clothes would you want?

“I would actually want to trade clothes with our tight ends coach, Tommie Robinson.”

Tell about one visible scar…

“I have a scar on my shoulder from an injury I got during my sophomore year at Tech.”

If you could relive any single family outing in your life, what would it be?

“I really enjoy going on our summer vacation every year and also going skiing every winter.”

If you could have season tickets for any team, sitting in any place in the stadium, which team would it be and where would you sit?

“It would definitely be to sit in a luxury box on the 50-yard line of a Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Who has had the greatest influence on your athletic career?

“My parents and Coach Donnalley from my high school have had the greatest influence on me athletically.”

If you were forced to give up all of your possessions but one, what would it be?

“I’d have to keep my bible.”

What is your best non-athletic talent?

“I’m a pretty good guitar player.”

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from being a college athlete?

“I’ve learned that time management is one of the most important things you can learn as an athlete.”

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

“I usually wear flip-flops and walk around the field prior to the game. Another thing I always do is shave on the day of the game.”

What has been the most memorable game that you have been a part of?

“Last year’s Clemson game is by far the most memorable game that I’ve been in.”

What won’t you miss about being a college athlete?

“I won’t miss the early morning workouts.”

What is your all-time favorite meal?

“My favorite meal is my mom’s pasta and meatballs with butterscotch pie for dessert.”

If you could make one thing come true for a friend, what would it be and for whom?

“I would want Chris Reis to be able to play in the NFL for a long time and have a great career.”

What team would you add to the schedule?

“I would want to play the USC Trojans because I think that in order to the best, you have to play the best.”

Besides Bobby Dodd Stadium, what is your favorite stadium to play in?

“I’ve always enjoyed going to play in Death Valley at Clemson because of the atmosphere and the fans.”

Favorite musical artist:

“I don’t really have a favorite artist or band, but I tend to like any type of underground music.”

Favorite TV show:

“It would have to be a tie between Laguna Beach and the Real World.”

Latest music CD that you’ve bought:

“Hawthorne Heights.”

Who is the athlete you most admire?

“Lynn Swan.”

If you could play any other sport at Tech, what would it be?

“I would probably like to play basketball.”

Name a professor that has had an impact on you here at Tech:

“One of my favorite professors at Tech has been Lloyd Byars. I was in one of his management classes and he’s just a great guy and extremely funny. He always made our class fun and I really enjoyed learning from him.”

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