Q&A WIth ODU Football's Ed McClam

March 06, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 6, 2009

A weekly Q&A with an Old Dominion University football player


Ed McClam

Defensive Line

6-6, 260, So.

Coward S.C.

Lake City / Louisburg College


When did you begin playing football?

I began playing football when I was 16 years old.


Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

My entire family because they always cheer me on and are there for me when I need them.


Why did you choose to attend ODU?

The coaching staff and the academic credentials of the school


What has been the biggest difference between high school football and college football?

The amount of time spent in the weight room


What has it been the best part about being a member of ODU’s first football team in over 60 years?

The excitement going on around campus


If you could play another position what would it be and why?

Running back so I could scare defenses with my 6-foot-6, 265 pound frame


Favorite sports other than your own?

Basketball, tennis, track


After meeting Coach Wilder for the first time, what were your thoughts?

This man is going to give me the best chance to get a ring


After meeting Coach Cotton for the first time, what were your thoughts?

He’s going to make me one of the best defensive ends in the nation


Do you have a pre-game ritual, if so what is it?

Pray, listen to music, imagine what I’m going to do on the field and think about my family


If you could line up opposite any player in the NFL and go 1-on-1, who would it be and why?

The Patriots offensive line so I could try to sack Tom Brady


What song is stuck in your head right now?

The Prelude – Jay Z


What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a mama’s boy.  I Love You Mom!


What is your dream job?

Play in the NFL on the same defensive line as Julius Peppers


What is your most valued possession?

My family and my religion


What is your favorite place to eat on campus?