By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor
Brandon Cheney, a senior Public Relations major from Hewlett, N.Y., is a starting linebacker for the football team. Cheney is one of the team captains and leads the squad with 33 tackles through the first
four games of the 2015 campaign. As one of the leaders on the defense, Cheney and the Pioneers hope to win their second straight NE-Conference title and get back to the NCAA Tournament.
Q: As a senior, how do the younger players look up to you?
A: I try to lead by example both on and off the field. I’m a hard worker and that’s one of the biggest things they look up to.
Q: What is your biggest goal this season?
A: We want to repeat as Northeast-10 conference champions and make a deeper run into the playoffs.
Q: Through four games, do you think this team has the ability to win the NE-10 conference and make it back to the NCAA Tournament?
A: I think we definitely have what it takes. We need to get prepared and we’re a little banged up with injuries, but we have the right guys and the proper mindset.
Q: What is the strongest part of your game?
A: I’m experienced and I’ve been on the field for four years. My knowledge of the game is another one of my strongest assets.
Q: What goes through your mind when you’re on the field late in a close game?
A: The work and training I put into the off-season. I look back on the simple things I did to prepare for the season and I’m always hoping to make a big play.
Q: Have you ever played any other positions besides linebacker?
A: I’ve played interior defensive lineman, defensive end and I’ve been a linebacker for the past two years.
Q: How can the team improve and start stringing more wins together down the stretch?
A: Staying healthy and confident is key. We know how good we are and we need to keep the foot on the pedal and not allow teams to hang around late in games.
A: When I lived in South Carolina, I went to games with my dad and I really enjoyed the experience of watching all the players on the field. I asked my dad to sign me up to start playing football when I was seven years old.
Q: What is your favorite part about playing football?
A: The special bonds I make with my teammates and coaches. A lot of people come and go, but we always stick together.
Q: Do you have any plans after you graduate?
A: I’m just focusing on the football season right now. I don’t have any plans yet, but I’ll start sorting out options after the season.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I lift weights and run during the off-season and I like to spend a lot of time with my family, friends and teammates. I also love the outdoors, the beach and the woods.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: I most admire my mom and dad because of the way they handle situations. They’ve been through tough situations and know how to handle adversity.