Q and A with Daniel Evans and Harding Fears III

Q and A with Daniel Evans and Harding Fears III

By Caroline Ballard
Sports Information Intern

The Washington University in St. Louis football team plays its fourth home game in the month of September today against No. 4-ranked North Central College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Francis Field.

Senior defensive lineman Daniel Evans and senior wide receiver Harding Fears III reflected on the past four years at WashU with Sports Information Intern Caroline Ballard.

DANIEL EVANS
What is the best thing about being a student-athlete at WashU? 
I get to play the greatest game in the world, while becoming an engineer and doing things that I am passionate about.

What is your favorite part about playing defensive line?
I love making plays in the backfield. Be it a tackle for a loss, or a sack, I love getting off the ball, beating the guy across from me and making a play behind the line of scrimmage. The adrenaline rush is incredible.

What is your most memorable moment so far in your WashU football career?
Beating Chicago this year and winning the Founders Cup. We were thoroughly dominant on defense and kept the cup at home.

How do you balance your schedule between football and school?
I'm a human pinball. I make as much noise as possible and hope to get the high score.

What are your future plans upon graduating from WashU?
I hope to get a job in a field that I am passionate about.

HARDING FEARS III
What is the best thing about being a student-athlete at WashU?
I love being able to compete at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom. WashU attracts some of the best minds and people around and that really helps me elevate my own performance.

What is your favorite part about playing wide receiver?
Playing wide receiver is great on the field, because it emphasizes two of the greatest lessons of team sports. In order to be successful you depend on so many others, from quarterbacks to offensive lineman, but at the end of the day it comes down to you doing your job and catching the ball.

What is your most memorable moment so far in your WashU football career? 
The most memorable moment for me so far has to be beating Chicago in 2016, with the chance to play in the playoffs on the line. Winning the Founders Cup and celebrating that, and eventually our playoff berth, with parents and alumni is something I'll never forget.

How do you balance your schedule between football and school?
I try to take Coach K's advice about being wholly focused on the given task for a given time. That means setting a schedule for school, football, and socializing and adhering to it to maximize the benefits of each.

What are your future plans upon graduating from WashU?
I'm currently looking for a job in marketing, with an emphasis on positions in professional baseball or football.