5 questions with Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, J.T. Barrett and the rest of college football's biggest stars
The 2017 College Football Awards are Thursday night at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga., and most of the award finalists traveled there this week for the festivites. NCAA.com had the opportunity to speak with some of the biggest stars in the sport and ask each of them five questions, ranging from breakfast cereals to video games to celebrity look-alikes.
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Here are the highlights.
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield on his pregame playlist, his hypothetical dream teammate from college football history and his famous Instagram follower.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley on the best road environment in the Big Ten, his favorite current college football player to watch and the best play of his career.
Ohio State's J.T. Barrett on his breakfast cereal superstition, his NBA celebrity look-alike and his hypothetical college career in Lawrence, Kan. in another universe.
Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph chose a legendary Oklahoma State running back as his ideal teammate in a hypothetical Cowboys offense. He also has a few famous social media followers who work in the music industry.
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Stanford running back Bryce Love
On which team he plays with in Madden: "Any team, I’m a great Madden player. I'm elite. I can say Mike Vick back in ’04, if I’m trying to prove a point I might choose the Patriots, Philly."
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor
On his hidden talent: "I can sing a little bit. I was in the choir."
On which all-time greats he would choose to play with/against in their prime: "Defensive, I'm picking Ray Lewis. Offensive, I'm going to have to go with Adrian Peterson."
Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington
On the road game he's never played but would like to experience: "I would probably say an away game against Alabama because they're that team that everyone hypes up and they're just that powerhouse and it'd be fun to go to their house and see the environment and play."
On his celebrity look-alike: "I've had some guys tell me I look like Wesley Snipes. You know, I don't see it. I think it's just them trying to be funny. Another one is (Indiana Pacers guard Victor) Oladipo, he's a ball player."
Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews
On the road game he's never played but would like to experience: "I would say probably playing at LSU. I’ve heard LSU has a pretty crazy atmosphere. It's Death Valley. I think that’d be a pretty cool place to play."
Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson
On the best play of his career: "I think the third pick (against Ohio State) was probably (my best play). I do it all the time in practice but I’d say that play. That’s my only play that I’ve really made (SportsCenter) Top 10.”
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On the final song he'd choose to listen to during pregame warmups: “Oh, Thunderstruck by AC/DC probably. Just a little something to get the Rock N Roll going, feel the guitar, just start rocking and rolling. I like that music though, not the complete hip-hop and R&B stuff.”
Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love
On the best play of his career: “Probably my fumble recovery against Lamar Jackson when we played against (Louisville) last season to basically go down and get the game-winning field goal.”
Alabama punter JK Scott
On the road game he's never played but would like to experience: “This just came to my mind because I haven’t really thought about that question but Penn State, when they have the white out. That’d be cool.”
On his typical pregame meals: "So the pregame meal, I’ll just go through it. We play at nine, they’ll have a breakfast available so I’ll just eat eggs and oatmeal but then they’ll have a snack available during the day if you need it but then before pregame, my pregame meal every time is a baked potato, steak medium rare with ranch. You know what, I never ate ranch dressing until this year when (Alabama defensive back) Hootie Jones told me to eat ranch with my steak and I tried it and it was great. I eat ranch now. I drink beet juice. I eat Jell-O cause gelatin, one of my nutritionists at the university, he’s taking to me about gelatin and how gelatin helps you with collagen production, it helps you with recovery and stuff like that. I like Jell-O and beet juice and I’ll drink a V12 vitamin juice."
On his favorite video game when he was growing up: "I didn’t play video games growing up. I’m trying to think, there’s a game that we played called Apples to Apples, that’s fun. I grew up in Colorado on some land so me and my brother and sister would all just play outside, go fishing, play golf. We lived next to a golf course and all these people would shank balls so we’d have free golf balls, we’d like hang out and golf."
On his celebrity look-alike: "No, well there’s nobody. I don’t think anybody’s ever compared me to a celebrity."