October 14, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
K-State Sports Extra will highlight a K-State student-athlete each month through the new monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month, fans helped choose K-State football junior offensive lineman B.J. Finney.
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Sports Extra: After a long day of football on Saturday, do you sit down and watch football Sundays? Are you an NFL fan?
Finney: I try and catch the NFL teams. I'm a Pittsburgh fan, die hard, but they're not doing so hot this season, but there's always hope that they'll pick things up. I just try to keep up with the scores, not necessarily watch the game because most of the time I'm sleeping.
Sports Extra: Are there any players you kind of model your game around or look up to?
Finney: I can't really model my game around anybody because they don't really spend a whole lot of time with centers, but I try to mold my attitude, like so many key players have, namely like Peyton Manning. The guy's a hard worker and he's one of the greatest ever, if not the greatest ever, so obviously he's a good blueprint to try and mold yourself after.
Sports Extra: Can you talk about your major here at K-State and why you chose it?
Finney: Originally I came her as a pre-med major. I wanted to be a doctor, and then I wasn't cutting it in the biology classes with football, so then I switched to history. I want to be a high school history teacher and coach just because obviously I want to coach and have a direct impact on kids' lives and I can have the most fun teaching a subject like history. I had a lot of great history teachers that made it fun in the class and it just kind of stuck with me.
Sports Extra: How do you balance having success on the football field but also having success in the classroom?
Finney: Time management, which I'm still faulty at but you just have to take it as it comes and make sure you get the work done.
Sports Extra: The social media question I picked for you comes from Shana on Facebook, she asks, 'B.J., what is your favorite fast food or late night snack?'
Finney: I just love food in general. I don't have one fast food restaurant nailed, but the late night snack, when I get around to making it, would be banana bread or cherry cheesecake. That always makes the day just a little better.
Sports Extra: You have quite a few more home games this season, what's your favorite part about playing in Bill Snyder Family Stadium?
Finney: Being at home in front of our own fans. It's nice to go out and not have to practice with crowd noise during the week, but it's also nice to hear the stadium get loud and start cheering for us rather than the opposing team, just knowing that the family is there and that we're going to play as hard as we can for them.
Sports Extra: What was it like playing in front of 50,000 fans for the first time?
Finney: The first time that I was on the field, I was so focused on not messing up that I missed the whole experience. I was shaking before the game, I was ghost white pale and Coach Dickey comes up to me and says, relax you'll be fine; you know your assignments, and so going out and hearing the crowd roar just kind of put me in alarm mode and so I had to calm myself back down, but it was fun.
Sports Extra: Who on this year's team has maybe surprised you the most?
Finney: That's hard, there're a lot of guys who have stepped up and played some really good football, just giving themselves opportunities, but I would have to say Ryan Mueller. He's always been one of those guys you can lean on, he's stepped into a leadership role on the defense and just how hard he plays. The charisma and the enthusiasm that makes Ryan who he is. He just brings that to the field and has used it stepping up into his leadership position. It's been awesome to watch.
Sports Extra: Who's the funniest guy on the team?
Finney: Probably Daniel (Sams), he always has a smile on his face he tries to make people laugh around him. He does a really good job of keeping his spirit up and enjoying the game.
Sports Extra: Which player is the most improved?
Finney: I'd have to say (redshirt freshman) Demonte Hood. He has done a really good job with the offseason and working on his game. He's making himself able to step in and play and do a very good job. He works extremely hard and again he's got that enthusiasm and charisma.
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