Last weekend, Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue turned in an impressive defensive performance, tallying six solo stops, including a pair of sacks, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups to help the Bantams secure an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win over Middlebury College.
Donahue’s effort last Saturday earned him this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
“Our defense prepared extremely well for (last weekend’s game) against Middlebury,” said Donahue. “Middlebury had been having success (through the air), so that was definitely a point of emphasis for us during the week, but we couldn’t overlook their running game, too.”
Trinity’s defense limited Middlebury’s air attack to a season-low 126 passing yards, while finishing the game with five interceptions and five sacks.
Earlier this week, we caught up with Donahue to talk about his team’s impressive win against the Panthers, Trinity’s final home game of the season against Amherst College on Saturday, and if he watched the Chicago Cubs break a 108-yard-old curse.
Did you imagine your defense would record five interceptions and five sacks against a talented offense?
Our coaches prepared a great game plan, so we knew as long as we executed good things would (happen).
You had a big game individually – earned this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors – what worked for you this past week?
My teammates did an incredible job at executing and making plays when the opportunities arose, so I just tried to follow their lead.
This Saturday marks your final home game as a member of the Bantams’ football program. Care to share a favorite memory/moment of playing in front of the hometown fans?
Unfortunately, I cannot think of a specific moment (or memory), but the atmosphere here at Trinity on a Saturday is electric. It is something I will really miss once my career is over.
What does your team need to do to be successful this weekend against Amherst?
We really just need to stay focused. We need to continue to approach each day with the same intensity and energy that we have done throughout season.
A few non-football questions, starting with your major: economics. How did you choose your major and what do you hope to do with it?
I took an (econ class) my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. Although it was one of the more difficult classes I took here at Trinity, I felt that it taught me more about how the world functioned, as well as how finance and economics impact our society. After graduation, I am hoping to go into commercial real estate.
Being from Illinois, I would presume you’re a Chicago sports fan, so have you been following the Chicago Cubs in the World Series?
I am actually not a true Chicago sports fan. The Minnesota Vikings are my favorite NFL team, but I do root for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy going to their games in the summer, but it’s been great for Chicago to have the Cubs back in the World Series and win their first World Series since 1908.
What has been the greatest advice you have received from a football Coach – either past or current?
I would say that the greatest advice any coach has given me is to just have fun and enjoy the game. Football is a tough sport and I have had a lot of ups and downs while playing it, but any time that I get to put my pads on and compete alongside my teammates is truly a blessing. I just try to cherish every moment of it.
Have you always played safety? If not, what other positions have you played?
I started playing football in third grade – I played running back before transitioning into a receiver and cornerback my freshman year of high school. One year later, I transitioned into a safety and have played the position ever since.
Do you idol your game after a current or past professional football player?
Yes, I would have to say that my favorite player is Tyrann Mathieu, who is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals. I love the way he plays – I try to do my best to play with the same intensity and fearlessness that he does.
Three favorite movies of all-time?
Forrest Gump, The Dark Night, and Saving Private Ryan
Finally, your favorite non-football activity?