Senior Q & A: Semar Smith

Senior Semar Smith is a sociology concentrator (Gil Talbot).
Senior Semar Smith is a sociology concentrator (Gil Talbot).

"More than anything, I appreciate Semar's toughness and physicality at the running back position. Whether picking up tough yards or picking up a blitz, we can always count on him to compete and get the job done." – Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. 

Q: What is your concentration?

Q: What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
I hope to pursue a career that I enjoy whether it be related to sports, business, entertainment, or technology.

Q: Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand what you're seeing on the field?
As a running back, the most important aspect involves securing the hand off from the quarterback or knowing which defender to block if it is a pass play. If it is a run play, after securing the ball you have to read your linemen, react to their blocks, and use your vision to determine the best route to the end zone. 

Q: What is your first memory of football?
My first memory was when I was 5 years old playing with 7 and 8 year olds in the Pee Wee division. During one of the games, I was refusing to go in the game when my team was up by a lot. But then later that same year we made it to the championship, a close game that we ended up losing, and this time I was asking to get in the game. 

Q: What's the best part about a home football day?
Best part about a home football game is being able to get ready in our locker room, play on our field and in front of a sold-out crowd.

Q: Who do you like lining up against in practice?
Chase Guillory. We've been going at it in practice since day one freshman year. #PinoyPride 

Q: Who has the best nickname on the team and why? 
I'd say Zach Schmid has the best one with "Phat Puntah!" The name pretty much speaks for itself. 

Q: Do you have a nickname and how did it come about?
I do have a nickname that was given by my mom at birth. But, I can't tell you what it is. Only family and close friends call me it, so you have to hear it from one of them to find out.

Q: How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life? 
It has allowed me to make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. Shout out BCOD, NTS, and Upper.

Q: How has playing football better prepared you for life?
Football, like many other sports, teaches kids how to manage and balance their education, athletics, and social life all at the same time. You realize that commitment comes with sacrifice, which almost always leads to a greater benefit in the end. Specifically, for me, football has made it easier to handle adversity by realizing that most things in life are not difficult, they're just challenging.

Q: When you leave Harvard, what do you want your legacy to be? 
I'm still figuring this one out, I'll have to get back to you on that. 

Q: What is your favorite memory on the football field? 
My favorite memory on the football field is when I scored my first collegiate touchdown freshman year. We were playing Columbia, it was Parent's Weekend so the crowd was a bit bigger than usual, and my parents were in attendance as well. On top of that, my brother, who was a redshirt junior at the time, also scored making it the first time we had ever scored in the same football game. There's ongoing research to determine if we are the first siblings at Harvard to have scored in the same football game. 

Q: If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Kanye West, Donald Trump, and Jesus Christ.

Q: Best football movie of all-time? Why?
Best football movie has got to be "Remember the Titans." Not only is it based on a true story, but it also illustrates how football stretches beyond being just a game. Through the sweat, tears, blood shed, and countless hours put into this sport, players and even coaches create bonds as strong as family. 

Q: If you could go back, what's one piece of advice you would give yourself as a freshman?
I would tell myself to think more carefully about what I want to concentrate in.

Q: Who has the best dance moves on the team? The worst?
Definitely Adam Scott and Wesley Ogsbury aka #HarvardHits. Check them out on YouTube.

Q: Your favorite "Murph"-ism (saying or quote from Coach Murphy)?
"We need to know their tendencies and their schemes better than they can possibly know ours." 

Q: Who is the best follow on Twitter from the team?
I'm not on Twitter much, but it has to be Christian Houston (@HGleesh), he keeps it real. I am on Instagram though (@Semarter).