The Washington University in St. Louis football team opens the 2017 season Saturday at home against Carnegie Mellon University.
What made you come to WashU?
NL: I came to Wash U because I could participate in a high level of athletics while receiving a world class education and remaining close to home.
AR: I came to WashU for the chance to play college football and to receive a great education. WashU gave me the opportunity to excel both on and off the field, and I knew from the people I met that WashU was a great fit for me.
What have you learned from playing under head coach Larry Kindbom for four years?
NL: I have learned to always trust yourself.
AR: Coach K was a big part of my decision to play at WashU in the first place. While I've learned a lot from him about football (probably more special teams' info than I could have imagined), he's taught me a lot more about how to be a great man. The thing that's always stuck with me is how much Coach K cares for each of us, not only as players but as people.
What is your favorite part of playing defense?
NL: I get to be the one making the hits.
AR: I love the energy and emotion that go into every play of defense. Whereas offense is a bit more composed, a lot of defense is effort and will. I'm a pretty passionate player, and being on the defensive side of the ball allows me to play with my personality all the time.
How special is it to be named a team captain?
NL: It is an honor and a very humbling experience to be named team captain.
AR: It was really special to be named a captain for this football team. These guys are some of the brightest and best people I've been around, and for them to choose me as a captain is an honor.
What is your favorite football memory at WashU?
NL: My favorite memory of Wash U football is making the playoffs last year.
AR: My favorite WashU football memory came from last year. After beating Chicago on their field, we found out that we had won both the UAA and the SAA, the latter giving us an automatic birth to the playoffs. For all that to happen in front of family/friends was a really cool moment.
What are your future plans upon graduation from WashU?
NL: I plan on attending law school next year. I am currently in the process of applying and I hope to remain in St. Louis.
AR: After graduating from WashU, I hope to work for a consulting firm. I'm also interested in the business side of sports.