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"Up Close" with David Hinds


Not often does a true freshman play in 10 games for Florida Atlantic football during their first year on campus, but for linebacker David Hinds there was an exception. After seeing his first action of the season in the third game, Hinds won himself a starting position midway through the year at middle linebacker. Starting his first contest for the Owls against Arkansas State, he recorded 12 tackles, seven assists, two tackles for a loss, and a sack - while enjoying the best game of his freshman campaign.

Entering the 2010 season, Hinds will again compete for the middle linebacker spot with senior Michael Lockley. Playing his high school football at Miami Edison High School in Miami, Florida, Hinds accumulated 107 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles his senior season.

Hinds changed his jersey number from 57 to number 11 this past spring, and claims it was quite the process. First speaking with former FAU quarterback Rusty Smith, the previous holder of the number, Hinds asked if it would be alright to wear the honored number. The next step was getting the nod from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger for a linebacker to wear such a low number. As it turns out, everything was good to go for the change.

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

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Chinese food.”

What is your pet peeve?


Who is your current off the field role model?

“Ray Lewis. He’s got that spirit in him and everything he did playing football, he kept God in his life with him and he praised him.”

What are you most proud of?

“Making it to college and turning my life around. Just from the negative to just making it to college.”

What is your major?

“Exercise Science and Criminal Justice.”

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

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

“My nose for the ball, I just know how to get to it. It’s always been like that, in all sports I know how to get to the ball.”

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

“My physical-ness, I feel like I could be a lot more physical.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“I was planning on coming to college to do business, and I know they had a good business program up here, so that’s what got me here.

But, I got up here and, that kind of changed around.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“Get on the field, get some playing time and help the team win while getting better, and learning the plays. Understanding the plays, and not just going out there and running around; actually knowing the plays.”

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

“The first one, always the first one. But the biggest one is Texas I think. I really want to test our strengths, because I feel like we have the talent to take on anyone.”

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

“I do bible studies with my friends, and I have a strong faith in God. I pray every night and just read my bible.”


Coming up, our next player has a strong relationship with Defensive Coordinator Kirk VanValkenburgh.


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