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November 13, 2012

Senior Reflections: Part 1

The seniors are down to one last home game against Iowa State. So with their time at Kansas coming to the end, we asked them about their favorite memories and biggest challenges while at Kansas.

Tanner Hawkinson

Quote from assistant coach you will remember long after your playing days are done at Kansas?

Probably Coach Grimes was the most quotable. Like if on the practice field if he saw something happening and know that what you told him wasn't what he saw, he would say, "Boy don't piss on my leg and tell me I am sweating." He had a number of good quotes.

Biggest challenge you faced while at Kansas?

Honestly it was probably my first year here having them move me to defensive line and then to offensive line. I started questioning if I was really good. If they moved me here then why are they moving me there. It was tough but once I got settled in it definitely played itself out. That was a tough time for me I guess.

Player most likely to be successful after his football days are done?

As painful for me to say it I am probably going to say Trevor Marrongelli. He's a really smart guy and is in the MBA program in here right now. He knows a lot about the business world and knows a lot about the stock market. Buying silver and gold and what not. He will definitely have success in whatever he does.

Best long running joke on the football team?

Duane and I will give Trevor a hard time because he is one of those guys who will get irritated pretty quickly. It's kind of like picking on a younger brother. I guess I have never had a younger brother so maybe that's why I chose him. Playing with those guys are great and it's crazy to think I only have two more games left with them.

Best joke on Trevor?

He's a pretty gullible guy. If you tell him that practice is just helmets today he'll be like, "Oh really?" Like Duane was saying if you sneak up behind him and give him a slap on the neck he will freak out but he's a good guy. It's all in good fun.

Family coming for senior day?

My parents will be here and both my brothers live here in Lawrence. My grandfather as well as some aunts, uncles and some family friends.

Fact that the fans/media missed about you after watching you play for four years?

I played piano for ten years until my junior year of high school. I have been fairly lucky. My mom owns a travel agency back in McPherson so I have been able to travel quite a bit which has been pretty fun.

Duane Zlatnik

Favorite long running joke on the football team?

Probably just me and Tanner picking on Trevor. It's an everyday thing. He takes things serious so we like to joke around with him.

It's all in good fun. I slap his neck a lot. He hates it. He gets really mad.

Favorite memento that you will keep from your playing days?

Probably the fourth year letter that we get for playing a lot that I will cherish because it takes a lot to letter for four years in a big program like this.

Advice you wish you could go back and give to your freshman self?

Probably to work harder as a freshman. Coming here out of high school you don't know how to work and I wish I would've figured that out faster.

Favorite memory at Kansas

Just hanging out with guys in the locker room and also coming back to beat Colorado.

Biggest struggle you have had to face during your career at Kansas?

Probably just having to go through three coaches and everything that comes with that like proving yourself over and over again. Just having to learn the different schemes. That's been the hardest part.

Senior on the team most likely to be the most successful after football is over?

Brandon Hawks. I actually played Brandon in high school and he got the best of me for a couple of plays. He's a great guy and very driven and I respect what he's done here a lot.

One fact that the fans/media still doesn't know about you?

I beat Kale Pick in video games more than he beats me.

Kale Pick

Best running joke on the football team?

It's probably just messing with Trevor Marrongelli. Me, Tanner, and Duane pick on him quite a bit but he takes it well. It's just something we have always done and him and Duane always battle it out.

Favorite quote from an assistant coach that you will take with you after you leave Kansas?

Yeah it's a pretty popular one and it's, "Play every play like it's your last," and coach Ianello has that on our wall. That's just what I try to do in our practices and our games. You never know when it's done and all over like when you get an injury.

Favorite play at Kansas?

One of my favorites plays was against Texas A&M last year when I caught a one handed catch on the sideline. It was probably the best catch that I had. It was an acrobatic catch and it was pretty cool.

Biggest challenge you have faced while at Kansas?

Probably changing coaching staffs. The first coaching staff I had was coach Mangino. After that last season after Todd Reesing had graduated he was going over the offense with me and that they were going to adjusts to my strengths at quarterback and the things that they were going to do and the next week they were gone. Having to deal with the whole position change and getting hurt that year too.

Advice you wish you could go back and give to your freshman self?

Try to slow time down. Cherish every moment on and off the field. Enjoy all the experiences and friends. Murphy Grant always tells me to try and slow time down. I told him today how fast five years went and then he says wait until you're my age because you will think you were in college last week. Just try and cherish every moment you can.

Senior on the team you think will be most successful after football?

I would probably say Dayne Crist. He is a sharp guy and has a good head on his shoulders. He works hard and you can kind of tell that he will be successful in whatever he does.

Daymond Patterson

Favorite moment at Kansas?

Probably the Missouri game my freshman year. There wasn't too many rivalries like it. The way the game played out with the snow and that we won. You still see the highlights and being a true freshman and being apart of that.

Biggest struggle you have to battle while at KU?

I can't put my finger on one but a lot of change really. That's what happens in life and it's going to make me a better person but I think a lot of change and a lot of new faces. It's something we all have to deal with.

Advice you wish you could go back and give to your freshman self?

No matter how good it is and how bad it is, keep your head down and keep pushing. Sooner or later if things are down it is going to get better. If things are looking up don't think things are going to stay like that if you are complacent. Keep your head and keep working and things will work out for you.

Quote from a coach that will stick with you after you leave Kansas?

One from coach Beaty sticks out and you see it with a lot of young guys with time management. He said, "Being early is on time, if you're on time you're late and if you're late you are forgotten." Knowing where you got to be and how to manage your time right. That's one of the biggest things in life.

Quote that you want to define your career at Kansas?

It would be, "Daymond Patterson - not just a football player but a good friend. Somebody you could laugh with and count on." I am not only a football player. I try and do things in the community and doing the best in school and helping friends in need.

Player from senior class to be most successful outside of football?

Brandon Hawks. Mr. 4.0. Find Brandon Hawks if you want a businessman.

D.J. Beshears

Most memorable play?

The most memorable play was the one last year that won us the game at the end [against Northern Illinois].

Biggest challenge you had to face?

Just the coaching transitions. Having four position coaches while I was here and three head coaches was kind of tough but you have to adapt to your environment. You just got to move forward and look at it as a business standpoint. You never know when something is going to change for you.

Best running joke on the team?

Probably that Tanner looks like Will Ferrell. We call him Ricky Bobby.

Best quote you will remember from an assistant coach even after you leave Kansas?

Coach Ianello has instilled this quote that you should play every play like it will determine the game. That's how I play. I play physical and I play tough. I give it my all every play.

Advice you wish you could go back and give yourself as a freshman?

Be more of a vocal leader.

Senior who is going to be the most successful after he leaves Kansas?

I think Tanner is going to be a really successful tackle in the NFL.

Toughest workout at Kansas that you will be telling your grandchildren about?

Coach Holsopple has given us some tough workouts but the most memorable workout has to be with coach Dawson my freshman year. We played Texas Tech and he told me I had to do my workout when I got off the plane at 10:00 at night. When we got back to Lawrence he was waiting for me to get off the bus and he told me to change my clothes and I had to go to the weight room and do a workout at 10:00 at night.

Biggest misconception about you during your time at Kansas?

People think I am from Texas but I am really from California. I just went to school in Texas for a couple of years for high school football.

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