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Jackrabbit Spotlight with Anthony Wise

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 08/01/2011 11:12:58
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Anthony Wise is a Senior safety from The Colony, Texas. Last season Wise recorded 76 tackles, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a half tackle for loss for the Jackrabbits.

Why did you choose to go to South Dakota State?

 I chose to come here because out of all the other colleges I had been to, it wasn't a business here. It's more of a family oriented team, and I could trust anybody on the team. If I really need something I know I could lean on my brother to help me out. That's how I felt when I was here, and that's pretty much why I came here.

What are your goals for the season?

The ultimate goal is to get to the national championship. I'm from Texas near Frisco, so I'd be playing in my own backyard. Really though we need to take things one step at a time, and go 1-0 every single game and take things one game at a time.

Do you look up to or model yourself after any professional football players?

I would have to say Darrelle Revis (New York Jets cornerback) because I had the opportunity to meet him while I was in Arizona visiting some friends.  After watching his work ethic and how hard he works on and off the field, I'd have to say him.

Do you think he's a better cover corner than Deion Sanders?

I can't say that.

Who is the best player you've ever played against?

In high school I had the opportunity to play against Greg McElroy (former University of Alabama quarterback from 2006-10). He's a really smart kid, and he himself could scheme. It was a great system for him. He was a really good athlete, and that was a fun opportunity.

Do you have any specific pregame routines or rituals?

I always start in the training room. I put a whole bunch of hot packs all over my body. I have to warm up my whole body. Then I try to get some cool jams going in my head to calm myself down and get the nerves out. Right before the game, before I go out, I talk to my buddy Bo.

What's your favorite class you have taken?

I really enjoyed American History because I love history. That was a really fun class for me. I also enjoyed Circuits. It wasn't the easiest class, but after the experience of it, it was definitely a good thing for me to take.

What's your favorite movie?

I'd say Inception. It made you think a little bit. I really enjoyed it.

What's your favorite song?

Uptown by Drake. I listen to that before every game.

Has the Dykhouse changed things for the football program?

I think it has. Now we have more room to get dressed. We're not cramped right next to each other. It's a beautiful facility and everything we get to use here is top notch. I'm glad I have the opportunity to experience it. It's going to be a great opportunity for the classes underneath me too.

If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?

I'd probably say track. I loved running track in high school. I might even take the opportunity once I'm done with my career in football to join the track team.

Who do you think is a better safety, Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed?

I like Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers safety) just a little bit better. He's a freak of an athlete. He's all over the field and you never know where he's at. He comes to play game in and game out. He can change a game by himself.

South Dakota State is up by four with under a minute to play, and you get to make the game winnning play. Would you want to end it with an interception, a sack or by hitting a receiver going over the middle to knock the ball out?

(Laughs) Personally I'd like to hit the receiver coming over the middle. That's a stronger point for me. I love big hits. An interception would be fun, but I love big hits.

Boise State is a great team with blue turf. Eastern Washington switched to red turf last year and won the national title. Do you think if SDSU switched to yellow or blue turf it would make them an even better program?

(Laughs) That's hard to say. I would love to see something like that. I think it would be fun to play on. It would be a weird situation though.

Do you have a favorite NFL team?

I like the New York Jets. My parents are from New York, so when I was growing up, even though I was from Dallas, every Sunday my dad and I sat down and watched the Jets play. That's easily one of the teams I'd say I love most.

Do you think Rex Ryan will get them to the Super Bowl in the next five years?

Oh yeah. They've been knocking on the door the last few years. They're going to get in.


The Jackrabbit Spotlight will pick an SDSU student-athlete to interview each week. Interviews will be posted on GoJacks.com each Monday.

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