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Takatch speaks on transferring decision in Q&A

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Sophomore defensive line transfer student Christian Takatch practices his defensive tap steps during Thursday at O’Brien Field.

Sophomore defensive lineman Christian Takatch discussed his decision to transfer to Eastern and how he became a Liquid I.V. athlete.


Q: When did you first start playing football?

A: “Around 6 or 7 years old.”

Q: Did you always play the defensive end position?

A: “No. Growing up, I always played safety, and I was a kick returner. I was a quarterback for a little bit. In my youth ages, I only played defense, like linebacker. I switched to safety in high school, and I did some kick returning. Junior year, I got a lot bigger and taller, so they moved me to defensive line.”

Q: What is your biggest fear?

A: “Heights are pretty scary. Heights and not being good enough.”

Q: Who’s the G.O.A.T. in football?

A: “Jerry Rice or Jim Brown.”

Q: What is the best water brand?

A: “It’s definitely spring water, and it probably has to be Dasani.”

Q: How did you become a Liquid I.V. athlete?

A: “One of my buddies that was at Notre Dame [College] got me [connected] to someone who works there. I talked to them for a little bit, and they got me into it. Every month, I get a bunch of free Liquid I.V., and all I have to do is post about it.”

Q: What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?

A: “[I] never really tore anything. My freshman year when I was at Notre Dame, I got double pneumonia, and I was in the hospital for a long time. I don’t know how I got it.”

Q: Apple juice or orange juice?

A: “Orange juice. It’s weird to drink apple juice in the morning, but it’s normal to drink OJ in the morning. Orange juice is a breakfast drink.”

Q: Why did you transfer from Notre Dame College to Eastern?

A: “I wanted a different opportunity. I felt like God was telling me that it was the time [to leave]. I got hurt a little bit, and I was out for a while. When spring semester came, I got to play a little bit in the spring, but I felt like it was time to go, so I wanted a new opportunity to see what my next step was.”

Q: What made you start your fitness account on Instagram?

A: “A lot of my friends did it, and I was like ‘Alright. I’ll do it too.’ When I took the semester off, I was really into lifting and working out everyday.”

Q: Pancakes or waffles?

A: “Pancakes because waffles are easier to burn.”

Q: What do you put on your pancakes?

A: “Regular syrup and white corn syrup.”

Q: What player inspired you growing up?

A: “In college, it was definitely the Ohio State [University] football team. I watched them a lot growing up. Now, it’s kind of a reality being able to play at a high level like that. I would say someone that I watched growing up that I still think about is Troy Polamalu. He was a really good player that played with the Steelers for a long time.”

Q: Do you think the Earth is round or flat?

A: “It’s probably round, but there’s a conspiracy theory behind everything.”

Q: Who’s your favorite NFL team?

A: “The Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Q: How long did you know you wanted to get a sleeve tattoo?

A: “Growing up, I’ve always loved tattoos, so I knew I wanted a sleeve. I just had to wait until I was 18, and my mom said I could do it when I turned 18.”

Q: If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?

A: “Wrestling. I was pretty good at wrestling growing up. Either that or working or being in the military.”

Q: If you have the power to bring one celebrity on campus, who would you bring?

A: “Either Morgan Wallen or Drake.”

Q: Where’s the best place you’ve gone on vacation?

A: “I went to Key Largo and Key West and all the Keys on the islands, so I’d say those would be my favorite. [My friends and I] went parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling in abandoned ships. We did a lot of stuff, and it was really fun.”

Q: Which teammate are you giving the aux to?

A: “I’m definitely giving it to JP (Jay Pearson) or Jay Burt.”

Q: What would you tell 10-year-old you knowing everything that you know now?

A: “Everything you dream for is going to come true.”


Zaria Flippin can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].

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Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor
Zaria Flippin is a junior sports media relations major. This is her first year at The News.

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