Oct. 31, 2006
After helping the Hoosiers to one of its best seasons in recent history, junior Jennilee Huddleston sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to answer 10 questions about herself, IU softball and the upcoming 2007 campaign.
Huddleston, who started all 56 games for the Hoosiers at third base, finished second on the team in RBI with 24 last season. The Peachtree, Ga., native helped the Hoosier defense to a program-best .968 fielding percentage on the year.
What are some of your goals for this upcoming season:
"I want to be show consistency and prove myself as a leader on the field. As a team, we are going to strive for higher percentages in all areas of the game and to get back to the tournament and make it past regionals.
Which professional team do you follow the most:
"The Atlanta Braves"
Teammate or coach I admire the most:
"The coach I admire the most is my uncle, Ted Roof. As the head football coach at Duke, my uncle has faced much adversity, and I truly admire him for always persevering while keeping a positive attitude. Just as we have seen with Coach Hep, it is not an easy task to turn a football program into a successful one at a school dominated by basketball. Also similar to the experiences of Coach Hep, my uncle has dealt with his share of misfortune off the field, and through it all, he pushed through with much determination. Bill Curry, a former coach and current ESPN columnist, recently said that Ted Roof was "the finest leader [he] ever coached" and I would have to agree with him for my uncle is the finest leader I have ever known."
If I could switch places with anybody for a day:
"I think everyone should switch places for a day with President Bush to be reminded of what a tough job he has as our nations leader."
Most memorable IU softball moment:
"Last year when the team found out we were headed to Texas for the NCAA Regionals. It had been ten years since Indiana last made the tournament."
Most memorable moment so far at Indiana University:
"Probably the day my arm got stuck in the A-Bus door- it's a pretty funny story. Ya'll should ask me about it sometime!"
What is your major?
"I am a marketing major in the Kelley School of Business. I chose this major because I knew the reputation the Kelley school has, and I would love to work in one of the creative aspects of marketing, perhaps in advertising."
What makes the Indiana softball program special?
"The players- I am sure there is no other team in the country as unique as we are."
Best part about being a student-athlete?
"The pride I feel when wearing the Indiana jersey."
One word that describes the Indiana softball program: