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"Up Close" with David Kooi


David Kooi enters the 2010 season listed as the backup quarterback for Florida Atlantic football behind fifth-year senior Jeff VanCamp. A redshirt-sophomore, Kooi played in three games last season. In those contests, Kooi went 3-6 for 69 yards with his best outing coming at UAB when he completed a career-long 49 yard pass.

Kooi redshirted his first year one campus, but did however travel with the team to away games and participated in Motor City bowl workouts. With two years under his belt, Kooi hopes to continue his development at quarterback while learning from VanCamp.

Playing high school football at Pensacola Catholic High School, Kooi passed for 2,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior while also rushing for 400 yards. Recruited by other Sun Belt and Conference USA programs, Kooi was named to the Max Emfinger All-America Team for his senior year performance.

Kooi claims that he always has to shower or take a bath before a game, even if it’s on the road. Dating back to his high school and youth days, Kooi likes to feel clean before the game.

Kooi recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Macaroni and cheese.”

What is your pet peeve?

“Getting woke up.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“My high school coach Matt Adams, he played college quarterback and taught me a lot of stuff.”

What are you most proud of?

“Getting to college.”

What is your major?

“Criminal Justice. I’m not too sure what I want to do with it, maybe something with a law firm.”

What is your Faith?

“I grew up at a Catholic school, so I’m not really Catholic but I would say that.”

Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“My arm and arm strength.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“The mental game. You can always be more mentally ready because it makes you better.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“I’m from Broward County, I live in Pensacola now, but I’m from Broward and just being down here with my family and cousins and auntie.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“Win a bowl game and win our conference.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“Troy. It feels like a rival to me, Pensacola isn’t too far from Alabama.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I love animals and I play basketball a lot, my intramural team lost in the championship.”


Coming up, our next player played wide receiver all the way up to his senior year of high school, now he lines up on the defensive side of the ball for the Owls.


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