Chris Donaldson is a solid presence in the middle for Oklahoma State. A 10-2 season would have been tough to accomplish without solid interior defense provided by Donaldson and Shane Jarka. I chatted with Donaldson this week during OSU’s preparation for the Alamo Bowl.
Why do you wear No. 95?
It’s a mixture between my junior college jersey and my high school jersey. When I came in, Nick Martinez had No. 75, that’s my favorite number from high school. When I first got here Jonathan Lewis had No. 93, which was my junior college jersey so I just took No. 95.
What’s the worst Christmas gift you received?
The worst gift I ever received was a card made of macaroni and cheese noodles, made of macaroni shells.
What is the best thing about playing college football?
The fans. The way they treat you makes you feel good, it lets you know you really matter to somebody in this world. It changes your personality and mindset and makes you more humble.
What’s the worst thing?
You’re stereotyped a lot. You catch a lot of grief, ‘You’re an athlete, you’re an athlete’ and ‘athletes do this and athletes do that.’ It’s something I hate. People say you’re an athlete, so people do your work for you. Um, no. I do my own work, I got my degree on my own.
People not thinking you earned it?
I hate it, I take pride in working for stuff I get, I don’t like being handed something.
I know you want to work with kids. What is the dream job?
Coaching. High school coaching, college coaching.
My coaches’ history. My dad was my first coach, he’s been a coach til this day, I could call him right now and he’s still giving me tips and pointers. My high school coach is like my second father. Milt Glover, my defensive line coach in high school, he taught me a lot about defensive line. Then my coaches in junior college and then ending with coach (Bill) Young is unbelievable. Someone who has been around the game a lot, he surprises me every day with something new.
What was your favorite Big 12 road trip?
Going to Missouri my first year here. They were No. 4 and nobody gave us a chance to win. That was one of my favorites.
What are your superstitions?
My beard. And I always give myself a hair cut the night before a game.