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Solidarity and a diet tip

BY AMIE KIEHN | NOVEMBER 20, 2009 7:21 AM

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DI: Talk about your emotion in playing your last game as senior.

Eubanks: It’s going to be up and down. I am sure it’s going to be pretty emotional in the beginning, you know running out, meeting my family in the middle of the field, but at the same time, it’s exciting to hear the fans cheer and just a chance to reflect on the five years I’ve been here.

DI: What is it about this team that’s different than any other team in the nation?

Eubanks: I think the biggest thing is that, no matter what point we are in the game and whatever is going on, we still have faith in each other. More than anything that, we still are going to work, push, still have an opportunity. It doesn’t matter, we’re down seven points, 10 points, 14 points, we’re never going to give up. Knowing that the guy your going with, across from you or next to you, is going to give that same effort, that’s not going to give up.

DI: Being raised a Minnesota fan, what moment sticks out between Minnesota and Iowa matchups?

Eubanks: In 2002, Iowa played up in Minnesota and the fans tore the goalposts down. They always talk about that, the Hawk fans and the Gopher fans. I think especially with the Coach Ferentz era, that’s been one of the biggest moments that stood out.

DI: What attracted you to come to Iowa?

Eubanks: One — the staff. The coaching staff and program. I really believe in a lot of things they were talking about and believing in creating a successful program. And that’s working hard and doing all the little things right. Doing all those things are what’s going to make you successful, not if you are very talented or what not. It’s putting in the work in the off-season and all that.

DI: When did Eric Johnson (Iowa’s recruiting coordinator) first contact you?

Eubanks: It’s something I’ll never forget. It was my junior year, and I was sitting in math class, and I get asked to go to my head coach’s office. So in my head I’m thinking, “Oh, no. What did I do?” He sits me down and says, “We’re going to call down to Iowa and talk with the coaches,” and it happened to be Coach Johnson. They told me they were going to offer me a scholarship. They were the first one to offer me a scholarship. I’ll never forget that.

DI: What are you studying?

Eubanks: I am studying interdepartmental studies in health science. I’m taking the health-sciences track which they put together; they say, “This course will fit this requirement.” So a lot of it is your basic science courses: chemistry, biology, anatomy, and stuff like that. Then you can get into more emphasis-areas stuff, so I’ve taken nutrition courses and health courses.

DI: Educate our readers — what is an interesting nutrition fact?

Eubanks: When a lot of people are trying to lose weight, they think about cutting carbs, and actually to lose weight, you need a sufficient amount of carbs in your body to properly do that. You know the whole Atkins Diet is pretty much a fluke — I mean, because you’ll have liver problems and issues in the long run. You actually do need to eat carbs [laughs].

DI: With strength training, you have a solid background to work knowledge in regards to health.

Eubanks: That’s kind of what drew me to it. The fact that that’s my life. Being a student-athlete, it focuses on eating right and putting yourself in the best position to perform. I have always enjoyed the human body and learning its interactions.

DI: Thinking of the future, where do you see yourself?

Eubanks: Obviously, I would like to be successful in whatever I’m doing, have a big, healthy family. How I’m going to get there? I have no idea. I plan on going to grad school. I don’t plan on doing that right away, I kind of want to take a year off or so.


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