Oct. 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Senior defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger will play in his 40th career game Saturday night when the Hoosiers take on Ohio State at 8 p.m. EDT. The Cicero, Ind., native has racked up 48 tackles, including four for a loss, in his career thus far.
Sliger recently sat with IUHoosiers.com to answer a few questions...
`SCORE SIX' WITH Nicholas Sliger
1. You only missed one game in your first three years, how bad did it hurt to miss the Indiana State game?
It was terrible watching everyone go out there and play and you're just standing there on the sideline. You want to be out there so bad. You want to go out there and play, but I couldn't. I kept working hard in the training room to get back and I'm happy that I was able to do that.
2. Playing for Coach Hagen, you're from Indiana and he's a Hoosier. What's it like to play for a coach that's from here and played here after growing up in the state?
Ever since I was in high school, Coach Hagen recruited me, so it's been great getting a chance to have him back here coaching our DTs. He's an awesome coach. I love the way he coaches us with his style on techniques and coming off the ball. That's the way I love to play - aggressively and getting into the backfield and causing havoc.
3. What's your favorite uniform combination?
I like the white-on-white. I really like the new helmets - they have a little sparkle to them. You get the lights on them at night and you get the silver sparkling on them with the IU emblem - it looks great!
4. Who do you hang out with most on the team?
Larry Black and Adam Replogle. We're always chilling in the hotel, joking around, but we're also focused and going over film to see what we need to do on Saturday.
5. Post-football career plans?
I want to try and go to the NFL. There's no reason not to try. All of the work you put in throughout college and high school, there's no reason not to try. If that doesn't work out, I'd like to become a state police officer or get involved in coaching.
6. What will you miss most about Bloomington?
Going to practice everyday. Even when the season is over, you have class, but if you love football enough, you're going to miss coming out here every day, working out, being around the team and developing that friendship and family with the team.