Oklahoma State defensive end Ugo Chinasa was a solid contributor for the Pokes in 2010, earning second team All-Big 12 honors. He’s looking to finish his senior season with 11 wins to leave a winning legacy in Stillwater. I chatted with Ugo in San Antonio on Sunday as OSU prepares for the Alamo Bowl against Arizona on Wednesday.
Why do you wear No. 91?
Because they gave it to me.
No, nothing like that.
What is the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Somebody gave me a card with a dollar in it. In high school, I forgot who it was.
Did you keep the dollar?
I kept the dollar, I spend it at lunch that day on, I think, some candy.
What is the best thing about playing college football?
Being around my teammates. It’s the best years of your life, the people you’ll meet, you’ll be friends with them for the rest of your life.
What’s the worst thing?
Early morning runs and all the running stadiums and all that.
What is your favorite Big 12 road trip?
When we played Missouri two years ago, it was a primetime game, they were No. 2 or 3 in the country and we went down and beat them.
What’s your biggest superstition?
I have to listen to Lil Wayne, Tupac or (Young) Jeezy before every game.
Any NFL guys you watch and try to mimic their game?
Julius Peppers, Osi Umenyiora. And I like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. They are my two favorite players with the way they make plays.