Nov. 21, 2013
Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Vincent Westcarr sat down with UMassAthletics.com recently giving fans a heads-up on where he is from, what led him to UMass and gives fans a unique fact about teammate Galen Clemons.
Tell us a bit about why you decided to attend the University of Massachusetts:
In high school I only played a couple years of football with one as a starter after I began playing the sport later in my youth over when kids usually start playing. UMass was one of a few schools to give me an offer to continue playing at that point and after visiting and seeing the campus I decided that being a Minuteman was the best choice for me. I liked that the squad had a winning tradition as a Division I-AA program and the fans passion for the team so I felt it was the right place.
What is the most important or impressive thing about your position coach Dave Johnson?
The best thing about Coach Johnson is his demeanor, his approach to the game. He is an even-keeled person and he always gives us fair, insightful and positive critiques of how we are playing and what we need to do in order to improve individually and as a unit. He expects great things from us and teaches us how to be successful. He goes about all of this the right way, motivating us to be better.
How would you describe yourself as a player and a person?
As a person I am laid-back and always make an effort to be a kind to others. As a player though I want to be aggressive and competitive when I am on the field. It is important as an offensive lineman to be a physical player, but to also be intelligent when you're on the field to avoid drawing penalties that hurt our team.
What is something about yourself that most people don't know?
And something about a teammate we don't know?
Most people would not know that I am originally from Jamaica - I was born and raised there. I moved to the United States in 2001. Coming here was an adjustment but I definitely learned from it. The move taught me a lot and has been a great learning experience.
Most people don't know that Galen Clemons
, my roommate, likes to build things with his hands. He constructed our coffee table in the living room and I have seen him building birdhouses too. He is very skilled at those sorts of projects, especially woodworking.
Outside of that, what is Galen like as a roommate?
Galen is a funny guy; he is out there and definitely laid-back like me. He is a great guy to live with. On the field he is a determined and aggressive competitor and works hard out there every day. He is the best teammate in the world.
What's your favorite game or reality TV show?
I don't have a game or reality TV show I watch often, but if I could be on one current TV show I would love to host ESPN First Take. I love that show and I enjoy debating sports topics so that would be an awesome opportunity.
Would you be playing another sport if you weren't involved in football?
If I were not playing football I would definitely be on a soccer team. I love that sport and I grew up playing it from a young age through middle school. If it were not for my opportunity to play football here I would definitely be involved in soccer right now.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
When I was in high school the football coach came up to me in the hallway and said that with my size, how big I was already at that time, I could create great opportunities for myself by playing football. That has led me to where I am now and without that conversation sparking my interest in football I would not be at the University of Massachusetts right now.
What advice would you pass along to someone who asked right now?
You have to work hard. Find your passion in life, what you love to do, and pursue it to the fullest. Whether it is something related to athletics, academics or another avenue such as music, if you have a dream go out there and chase it.