VIDEO — From SMU to the Super Bowl: Emmanuel Sanders

February 1, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

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Emmanuel Sanders Interview from on Vimeo.

By Kimmy Ryan

Click here to seeThe Daily Mustang’s coverage of Super Bowl Media Day

Emmanuel Sanders spent his college career helping turn around the SMU football program, culminating in an incredible victory at the Hawaii Bowl. Now, almost a year later, Sanders’ rookie year in the NFL is finishing on another high note, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45.

Sanders was surrounded by reporters during Media Day at the Cowboys stadium Tuesday. The press was curious about everything from June Jones’ coaching style, to practicing at TCU this next week, to what life as a Steeler is like. All in all though, Sanders said, “It’s just good to be back in Dallas.”

Although Sanders is glad to be back home, practicing at TCU’s stadium will be a change. Sanders said he just might have to “punch a horned frog or two while he’s there.”

Sanders seemed most excited about getting out there and playing hard Steeler Football on Sunday.

Steeler Football is “hard core, smash mouth football,” Sanders said. “Every play you’re trying to knock some guy’s knees out, and we actually get awarded if we do it.”

Toward the second half of the season, Sanders received sufficient amounts of playing time as a receiver and on kickoffs, and proved himself by knocking out a few knees of his own. But, the transition to the big leagues has not been without bumps.

“He came in, and he was real hard headed. He didn’t want to listen,” said fellow teammate Arnaz Battle. “But, as the season went on, he developed into a nice rookie on and off the field. We appreciate having him. He’s a great player, and his future is very bright.”

Whether adjusting to NFL life or not, Sanders’ feelings about his new profession have stayed the same.

“Sometimes I wake up and pinch myself. Am I really in the National Football League coming from a small school, Southern Methodist University? I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

He described the biggest difference between SMU and the NFL as the crowd. But instead of getting more nervous in front of huge crowds, he gets more excited and is ready to perform even more.

Sanders credits his preparedness to SMU Coach June Jones.

“It’s a blessing,” Sanders said about having Jones in his life.

With the help of Coach Jones, Sanders accomplished a lot his senior year at SMU. As captain, he led the team to a bowl game, caught over 100 balls, went over a thousand yards and was drafted to the NFL in the third round.

“Thanks to Coach Jones,” Sanders said. “If it wasn’t for him, I honestly wouldn’t have been drafted that high. He brought in a great offense and passed on a lot of knowledge to me, so kudos to him.”

Sanders will not only be the pride of the Mustangs on Super Bowl Sunday, but he is also a role model for many.

Joshua Harvey, a reporter at Media Day, said that young players are coming to SMU saying, “I’m going to be the next Emmanuel Sanders.”

It was evident that Sanders was truly touched by the reactions he has gotten from his friends and fans.

With such great support, this week Sanders will be focused on only one thing, Sunday’s game. And with all the hype, Sanders hopes to revert to what he does best.

“When I’m out there with Ben Roethlisberger, it’s like I’m a ten-year-old kid again playing throw-and-catch backyard football.”

SMU Students Get Valuable Interviewing Advice From Career Center Pro

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By Monica Sharma

With May right around the corner, college students have one thing in mind: how to land that dream job or internship.

Caryn Statman, an assistant director at the Hegi Family Career Development Center, spoke Wednesday evening, offering an outline of interview skills that are essential to getting a job.

A small yet eager group of students in the McGuire Building participated in an informal and interactive lecture to prepare for the inevitable interviews that are to come.

Statman discussed everything about an interview, from the homework to the follow-up.

Some students already had previous interview experience, but others, like senior Caroline Hill, were less familiar with interview protocol.

“I unfortunately am not familiar with the interview process at all, so the lecture touched on a lot of points that I was unaware of,” said Hill. “ It was overall extremely beneficial.”

Prepare, Research, Prepare Some More

Statman urged students to adequately prepare before any type of interview, whether it be a two hour in-person interview or a brief phone screen.

While it may seem like a no-brainer to do research on the company you are interviewing with, Statman said she talks to many employers who are shocked that some interviewees come in without any prior knowledge.

“You want to know that job position backwards and forwards,” Statman said.

She emphasized not only researching the company, but also yourself. Knowing your résumé and being able to recall specific instances in which you applied skills applicable to the job you are interviewing for are key.

Student Auburn Layman found her research tips to be extremely helpful.

“She offered a lot of really great resources and ideas for how you can research companies and positions before you interview,” Layman said.

It’s Interview Time!

When the big day comes, Statman offered some tips on how to deliver. She recommended bringing multiple copies of your résumé on nice, résumé paper along with a pad and pen.

Statman also hinted that an interview is not the time to try out a new miniskirt or wear ratty Converse’s.

“Whether we like it or not…we are judged by how we dress,” she said.

She recommended dressing for the job you don’t have yet—in most cases that means wearing a suit.

From a big smile to a firm handshake, Statman reiterated the fact that being nice to everyone you meet while in an interview situation could make or break you.

Common Questions Every Interviewee Should Know

Statman also outlined a few types of questions that are typical in an interview situation so students could have a better idea of what to expect.

These questions can be anything from the standard elevator speech—“Tell me a little about yourself”—to more behavioral types of questions where the interviewee must site a specific example where he utilized the skills asked for in the question.

For senior Megan Tague, this was the most beneficial part of the lecture.

“The ways to answer the common questions were the best thing I got out of it,” Tague said.

While Statman stressed the importance of being prepared, well-versed and confident, at the end of the day, what matters most is if you connect with your interviewer.

“A lot of the interview is going to come down to if you click; if there’s a connection,” Statman said.

The career center is open for mock interviews where students can practice and hone interview skills, as well as get resume and general career advice.

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty Feb. 10, 2010

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Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty talk about the big wins so far this season and the huge home game against the UTEP Miners

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Forward Robert Nyakundi

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Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball player, sophomore Robert Nyakundi, about the big win over Memphis 70-60.

Students Get Interview-Savvy

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By Ashleigh Reuter

Are you nervous about job interviews? Do you know the best ways to prepare for one? Well, if you don’t, the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center is the answer for you.

Reid Tevis, assistant director of Cox BBA Career Services, and Caryn Statman, assistant director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center, discussed how to prepare and conduct a job interview in Hughes-Trigg Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Both Tevis and Statman said some of the complaints employers have with applicants are misrepresentation, lack genuine interest about the job and difficulty listening to and answering questions.

“The number one complaint is that students aren’t prepared,” Statman said.

Tevis said to remedy this problem students should practice answering questions, do ample research on the company and know your strengths and weaknesses.

According to Tevis, being punctual, dressing appropriately and speaking professionally are also major components to a successful interview. Tevis said your personality is reflected by how you speak; she said avoid phrases “umm,” “like,” and “you know.”

Other insider tips for during the interview include avoiding questions about salary and vacation time, being positive about past work experiences and knowing when to keep quiet.

“If you think you’re rambling, then you are,” Statman said.

Statman said students do not have to answer inappropriate questions such as your health, religious views or political affiliations. She said one can simply tell the employer that such information is not open for discussion.

After the interview, a “thank you” note is essential. Handwritten notes are the traditional, more personal option. However, e-mail notes have become more acceptable, as the message reaches the employer faster and serves as a good alternative for those with bad handwriting.

Sophomore Brianna Franklin, a finance major, thought the seminar was very helpful.

“I don’t know how you could have a poor interview with the information they gave,” she said.

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