Mac Stevenson, a red-shirt freshman at Saint Xavier University from Chicago Heights, Ill., is currently in his second year on the football team. Stevenson is a defensive lineman on the squad and is working toward a major in secondary education.
1. Why did you choose to come to Saint Xavier University?
I wanted to come to Saint Xavier, because we have an outstanding football program with a great coaching staff, it is close to my home and when I came for my recruiting visit SXU seemed like a place I wanted to spend the next four years of my life.
2. What were your goals for the season?
There is only "One Goal" for our football team and that is a national championship. My two years I've been here we made it to the semifinals, but we will not be satisfied until we win it all.
3. What do you think you contribute to the Athletic Program?
I bring a good work ethic and try my hardest at everything I do. I also bring a positive attitude towards everything we do in our football program. I also enjoy attending all games for the other sports programs to show support to all other Cougars.
4. Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Like just about everyone else, I like to listen to music and visualize plays during the upcoming game. The only other superstition I have is during the "Cougar Sway" I have to be locked in with Tyler Smith and Joe Rizzi, because I can't change where I stand during that.
5. Who would you say is your favorite athlete?
I actually have two favorite athletes. One is Brock Lesnar and the other is Jared Allen. Nobody works harder than Brock, he is a freak athlete who trains harder and is tougher than just about any other athlete on the planet. Jared Allen has a style and charisma when he plays the game that can't be matched. He is a likeable funny guy and an even better athlete. I try to use both their characteristics when I train and play the game.
6. What is your involvement on campus?
Every year I participate along with the rest of the football team at Service Day.
7. Do you have a favorite quote or model to live by?
One of my favorite quotes is kind of stupid and funny, but good to live by. "Life's a garden, dig it."-Joe Dirt. You got to take what life gives you and just go with it.
8. Who would you say is your role model?
My parents are definitely my role models. They've been together my whole life and have been through a whole lot with not only my sporting events, but my brother and sister's as well. My mother has been to every single one of my games and supported and yelled through them all. My father has taught and coached me through everything and both have helped me through everything.
9. Tell us an embarrassing or funny moment that happened during a practice or game?
Just being on the football team itself is a funny moment, we have a lot of characters like Dave Marciano or Jeremy Rhodes. So I can't think of one specific moment, but just being around the team is a good time.
10. What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after school are to try and get a teaching job somewhere and start coaching, while going back to school and getting a master's degree. I want to move up the ranks in coaching and try to coach at a small school program like the one we have here at SXU.