Freshman Yoshoub Timms will wear No. 52 for the Gophers.
Gophersports.com is continuing to interview the newest members of the Golden Gopher Football family from the 2012 signing class. The next player to be featured is Yoshoub Timms, a defensive lineman from Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Timms, a hard working defensive tackle with a good motor, signed with the Gophers after completing his career at Fort Walton Beach High School and being named first-team all-area by the Northwest Florida Daily News. Timms was rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN and picked Minnesota over many FBS programs, including Syracuse, Northern Illinois, and Southern Mississippi.
Gophersports: What ultimately led to you choosing to become a Golden Gopher and how does it feel to be one?
Yoshoub Timms: For me it was the program, I feel like I fit in real well. It feels really good to be a Gopher. Right now we're just working out a lot and school is great. Everything is perfect right now, I love it. Fall camp is coming up soon, and I can't wait for that. I'm hoping I can work myself into seeing some playing time as a freshman. Being a Gopher is great, I love it and I'm glad I came here.
Gophersports: How are you enjoying campus so far?
Yoshoub Timms: Campus is really nice. I'm from Florida so I'm still trying to find my way around campus. I know exactly where to go for my classes and stuff like that and how to get to the sports complex for workouts, but other than that I don't really know my way around yet.
Gophersports: What, if anything, has surprised you about campus?
Yoshoub Timms: Just how many people there are here. That's the main thing, especially during the summertime.
Gophersports: Do you have a planned major yet?
Yoshoub Timms: I'm leaning toward sport management right now. Otherwise maybe something with animals, I might try to become a vet tech.
Gophersports: What are your goals for the upcoming season and for your college career?
Yoshoub Timms: My goal is honestly to just get some playing time as a freshman. I haven't made an impact on the program yet and I'm hoping to do that during fall camp. I want to make an impact as a freshman and establish my position on the team. That's my goal right now and then after my freshman season I'm going to be shooting for a starting position and to make a bigger impact on the program. As of right now I'm just trying to take it one step at a time.
Gophersports: Is there any one Big Ten team that you look forward to playing?
Yoshoub Timms: Wisconsin. I just can't wait to play in that game because I know that they're big rivals here, so that's one game I'm looking forward to.
Gophersports: Is there a particular athlete you try to model yourself after?
Yoshoub Timms: I model myself after Ray Lewis. It's just the way he plays the game, the intensity he has and his passion. I want my mindset to be like him. But as a defensive lineman I want my game to be like John Randle. He's not that tall, and I'm not all that tall either. People were always saying that he's too small but you couldn't block him, he ran on a motor, and he was unstoppable. So I want my mindset to be like Ray Lewis and I want my talent to be like John Randle.
Gophersports: What is your biggest strength in your opinion and what do you need to improve on?
Yoshoub Timms: I think my biggest strength right now is probably my get off. I'm really quick getting off the ball, but I've got to get bigger. I'm only 270 right now so I've got to get bigger, that's the main thing I'm going to be doing this summer.
Gophersports: How do you feel about the new uniforms?
Yoshoub Timms: I love them, they're great. They have history behind them and they're just amazing. I saw them on my visit here and I took about a million pictures, I love the jerseys.
Gophersports: What number will you be wearing this fall?
Yoshoub Timms: I'll be wearing my high school number, 52. I'm going to be sharing that number with Zach Epping. I'll be wearing 52 and I'm really happy about that.
Gophersports: Is there any certain music you like to help you get psyched up for games?
Yoshoub Timms: There's a lot but the main music I listen to before a game get psyched up is Waka Flocka. All of his music gets you hyped up for competition. Him and Future, those are the main two I listen to as I get ready.