Q and A with Garris Goe and David Nees

Q and A with Garris Goe and David Nees

By Caroline Ballard
Sports Information Intern

The Washington University in St. Louis football team hosts the University of Chicago on Saturday in the annual Founders Cup Game. 

Senior defensive lineman Garris Goe and senior running back David Nees reflected on the past four years at WashU with Sports Information Intern Caroline Ballard.

What made you come to WashU? 
Garris Goe: There are really countless reasons I chose WashU including football, the Business School, and the Campus; but most important was the general demeanor of the students and staff here. Out of all the "elite" colleges I looked at, only WashU felt like a place where everyone is genuinely happy and collaborative. 

David Nees: I wanted the opportunity to collect a great business education while being able to participate in high caliber football.  Campus is beautiful and St. Louis is a welcoming city to explore.

What have you learned from playing under head coach Larry Kindbom for four years? 
GG: Priorities. Coach K tells everyone on the team at the beginning of fall camp that you have to have priorities and stick with them. Following this advice every day has led to a lot of tough decisions being not so tough.

DN: Coach K has taught me that to be successful at WashU and in my life you must come to work with a growth mindset in place. Every day you must strive to put your best effort forward to move forward and reach your goals.

How special is it to be named team captain? 
GG: It's the coolest honor I've ever received. To go out for four years and work every day with this group of guys and have them elect me a captain is truly an unbelievable feeling. I have so much respect for all the sacrifice everyone on this team goes through and that just makes this honor even more special.

DN: WashU football is a great group of young men. To have their respect as a teammate is a great blessing.  

What is your favorite thing about playing offense/defense? 
GG: It's pretty simple, on offense you have to wait on the QB to give or throw you the ball, on defense you can just go get it every play.
DN: My favorite part about offense is finishing a drive in the end zone and celebrating with my boys. In my opinion, offensive football is a great combination of passion and composure.  

What is your favorite football memory at WashU? 
GG: Beating Berry 34-10 last year. After two years of heartbreakingly close losses down in Georgia, we got the chance to play them at home and we hit on all cylinders on offense, defense, and special teams after a great week of preparation.

DN: One of my favorite memories as a WashU bear was seeing us come back to beat Carnegie Mellon in overtime last season after being down 21 points. We showed a lot of resiliency and dedication in that contest.

How did you spend your summer? 
GG: I spent the summer in Chicago as a consultant for Crowe Horwath, working and living with my fellow captain David Nees.

DN: I spent my summer in Chicago at a financial consulting firm. I assisted banks toward compliance due to regulations following the financial crisis.

What are your future plans upon graduation from WashU? 
GG: I'm currently exploring my options but hope to pursue a career in business consulting. 

DN: I am aspiring to work in Chicago in the consulting industry.