"Up Close" with Erik Hansen
Erik Hansen will be one of the new starting offensive linemen for Florida Atlantic football entering fall practice, and as long as he stays healthy that could be good news for the offense. A redshirt-sophomore, Hansen had been moving up the Owls' depth chart last season and fighting for playing time, until a broken bone forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Hansen provides big size for the right guard spot, at 6-5 280 pounds, and brings some athletic ability to the line as well.
Playing tight end while at Ed White High School in Jacksonville, Florida, Hansen had 15 catches for 180 yards his senior season, good enough for All-Conference and All-District honors. Hansen’s skills and abilities were recruited by FAU to play offensive line instead of tight end.
One of the biggest games for Hansen will be against Michigan State, were it will be a family reunion for him. Hansen’s cousin, Todd Anderson plays on the Spartans’ defensive line, and according to Hansen they have never met.
Living with tight end Alex Fick and wide receiver Blake Bierman, Hansen likes to mess around with the guys in practice and talk like the Disney character Donald Duck.
Hansen recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.
What is your favorite food?
“It’s tough being an o-lineman, but Pizza.”
What is your pet peeve?
“A messy house.”
Who is your current off the field role model?
“My Uncle Mike, he’s guided me since my freshman year with lifting, supplements and how to eat right. He use to be a professional power lifter.”
What are you most proud of?
“Getting a divison-1 scholarship and my mom not having to pay any money for school. I know she’s happy about that.”
What is your major?
“Secondary Social Science Education. That’s anywhere from a high school history teacher, to a psychology teacher to an economics teacher.”
What is your Faith?
Line of scrimmage
What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?
What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?
“Overall pass blocking. I came from a run block high school where we ran the Wing-T offense.”
Down the field
Besides football, what brought you to FAU?
“Family. I have a lot of family down here and originally I wanted to be a marine biologist and FAU had that.”
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
“Win all the games. Personally, I want to get a lot of pancakes. I don’t have a number picked out, but this will be my first year after coming back from an ankle injury. In the weight room I want to get stronger and get my squat back up to where it was before the injury.”
What game are you looking forward to the most next season?
“Michigan State. I have a cousin, I think its Todd Anderson, and he plays on their defensive line. I’ve never met the guy, but I can’t wait to hit him.”
What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?
“I’m a clean freak, so I can’t deal with a messy house.”
Coming up, our next player has been nicknamed by his teammates, “8-ball.”