GopherSports.com will be posting interviews with many of the newest Gophers from the 2012 signing class throughout the remainder of the winter and spring. First up in the series is a conversation with defensive back Briean Boddy, who transferred to Minnesota from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
Boddy enrolled in school in January so he could participate in Spring Practice. He was named 2nd team All-Jayhawk Conference as a freshman. Scout.com rated him as a two-star prospect while Rivals.com ranks him with three stars.
GopherSports.com: How does it feel to be a Gopher?
Briean Boddy: It feels amazing. It's everything I thought it would be. I love it up here.I love the coaching staff, the program and the city of Minneapolis, just everything.
GopherSports.com: When did you know that you wanted to be a Gopher and what was the experience like when you informed the coaches you'd be coming to Minnesota?
Briean Boddy: I realized I wanted to become a Gopher when they offered me, actually. I did have some offers still when I was down in Coffeyville. It was down to Toledo and Minnesota. Once I told the coaches, everything was just uphill from there. There was a whole lot of excitement and they couldn't wait for me to get up here and I felt that way as well.
GopherSports.com: Most junior college players stay for two years, why did you decide to transfer after only one?
Briean Boddy: I wasn't going down there for grades. I'm from Delaware, and players aren't very highly recruited out of there, so my whole deal with going to junior college was to get recruited, not to get my grades up. The whole deal for me was to go down there and try my hardest to make the team. I knew that I could transfer after one year, but I was able to transfer after just one semester, so that was a blessing. I never planned on staying in junior college for two years unless I had to.
GopherSports.com: Why did you decide to enroll early?
Briean Boddy: I wanted to be able to get a feel for things during the spring and be able to go through spring ball. I can see how my classes will be and how hard the academics will be, so I can get a feel for that early. That way I can work on playing immediately and also keep my grades up to par. It feels like a good thing for me to come in the spring and get established with the grades and the team.
GopherSports.com: What are you planning to declare as a major?
Briean Boddy: I'm planning on mathematics. I want to be a high school math teacher and that corresponds with being a coach as well.
GopherSports.com: Do you plan on playing safety or corner?
Briean Boddy: Cornerback. I'm definitely more of a cornerback. Coach Kill and I both feel that I fit in better at corner than safety.
GopherSports.com: What are your goals for next season?
Briean Boddy: If we're talking about team goals, I want to win. I think Coach Kill and everyone here are ready to do that, so that's my main goal. Personally, I want to get some time on the field. But I just want to learn the game and get comfortable in the system. Once you get that established, you can work on your skill on the field and excel. If you're not comfortable in a system, you won't excel. So my main thing is to know the system so I can get better.
GopherSports.com: What are your goals for your college career?
Briean Boddy: I just want to be successful. I want to leave here with a degree in mathematics and my teaching license. Career-wise, that is my main goal. On the field, I want to get to see myself in the NFL, so awards and stuff like that may come into play. All in all, I just want to make it to the NFL.
GopherSports.com: Is there a particular athlete you try to model yourself after?
Briean Boddy: I wouldn't say I try to model myself after anyone. But I like the athletes who do well, try to stay out of the media and stuff a lot. I wouldn't narrow it down to one athlete. I just admire the ones who do well.
GopherSports.com: How do you feel about the new uniforms?
Briean Boddy: I think they are amazing. I was one of the first to see them when I went on my recruiting visit. It was amazing. I love them. My favorite combination would probably be the all-white look.
GopherSports.com: What is your favorite TV show?
Briean Boddy: ESPN. You can't do better than that.
GopherSports.com: Who is currently your favorite musical artist?
Briean Boddy: Wiz Khalifa is my favorite musical artist right now.
-Interview by Mitch Praxl, Athletic Communications Student Assistant