Dann O'Neill Interview
Sr. / Western Michigan / OT

Updated - 1-18-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What is your exact height and weight? 
Dann O’Neill:  I believe that I am 6’7 and 315.      
Alex Khvatov:  Describe your teammate QB Alex Carder. 
Dann O’Neill:  He is a great guy.  He is a very good athlete.  He can run, throw and jump through hoops. 
Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?
Dann O’Neill:  Run blocking is my number one.  I just get in there and grind it out.  I am a big fan of the run situation. 
Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon this week?
Dann O’Neill:  They had me working at left tackle today.  I definitely need to work on the fundamentals on the left side.  The right side is pretty solid for me.  I am just trying to get more versatile this week.    
Alex Khvatov:  How did your first practice go at the 2013 Shrine Game?
Dann O’Neill:  It is hot out here.  But I like the intensity.  We had guys going 100%.  I like the speed. 
Alex Khvatov:  What can we expect from you the rest of the week?
Dann O’Neill:  I am expecting improvement on the left side.  I am looking to getting the starting nod.
Alex Khvatov:  Describe briefly your career at Western Michigan.
Dann O’Neill:  I think that I had a very good career.  I got First Team All-MAC from Phil Steele publications.  I started three years.  I had a good career.  I even scored a TD this year.  Technically, it wasn’t a reception because I was behind the quarterback.  Alex just flipped it to me when he was getting tackled.  It was on Senior Day.  But they called it back because we only had five guys on the line of scrimmage.  It was a single most disappointing moment of my career. 
Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your senior season.      
Dann O’Neill:  Individually, I had a good season.  It was disappointing from a team perspective.  You don’t want to go 4-8 especially during your senior season.  Alex (Carder) got hurt.  You shouldn’t rely on just one player, but we have always relied on him very heavily.  I had the most fun blocking for Alex. 
Alex Khvatov:  Where are you training for the NFL Draft?
Dann O’Neill:  I am based in Scottsdale, Arizona area.  It is Pro Edge Performance Training facility.  I am training with Derek Kennard.  His brother actually plays at USC.  My personal coach is Tom Elsworth.  He is my nutritionist and he makes sure that I am all stretched out.  The set up that they have over there is extensive.  They have all types of connection around the Phoenix area.  They can get whatever you need.  They really take care of the guys.    
Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?
Dann O’Neill:  I read a lot.  I also like writing.  Poetry is a hobby of mine.  Most people make fun of me for that.  I majored in creative writing at school. 
Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite book?
Dann O’Neill:  I have a favorite writer.  Hemingway is my favorite. 
Alex Khvatov:  What five words best describe you?
Dann O’Neill:  Eccentric, energetic, humorous, effort and heart.    


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