Oct. 16, 2007
What is the most challenging thing about being a quarterback?
Brink: The attention on and off the field - you always have to be aware of your actions and how they are being portrayed.
What is the most challenging thing about playing free safety?
Abdullah: Regardless of what happens, if someone scores a long touchdown, it's your fault. You are the last line of defense. If all 10 people happen to trip and fall, you have a chance to save everybody.
How did you get started playing football?
Brink: I was the All-American kid. I played baseball, basketball and soccer. When I was in middle school I started playing football and my dad was a quarterback so I was one too.
Abdullah: My brothers and I just watched football and it looked like fun; we wanted to play. We were told we were too skinny but we just went down, tried out and started playing football.
What are your post-graduate plans?
Brink: I'd like to take a shot at an NFL career for as long as my body holds up. I have my sport management degree and after that I'd like to go into the sport business.
Abdullah: Hopefully I can play at the next level. If that doesn't happen, I'll attend graduate school. I want to be an academic advisor for high school.
Most memorable moment in Cougar football?
Brink: Beating Oregon here last season. It was a great win at that point in the season and being from Eugene, it was special. When I passed Jason Gesser on the career yards list at the Arizona State game and having him there to watch it as well as receiving the game ball was huge.
Abdullah: In my first college game against New Mexico, I had an interception and a fumble recovery late in game. It was on national television; it was a really big game.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Brink: I go out on the field beforehand and throw a bit and now, more than ever, I just look around and take it all in because it's going by so fast.
Abdullah: Not really, I just go out and play football.
What's playing on your iPod right now?
Brink: Fall Out Boy and the new Twista CD
Abdullah: Kanye West's latest CD, Common and John Legend
If you could pick any position to play, which position would you choose to play and why?
Brink: I always tell people I would be a defensive back or a wide receiver. I think I'd choose to be a receiver though just because it's a lot of fun to catch the ball and run with it.
Abdullah: Corner because sometimes I believe I'm a better corner than I am a safety anyway.
Do you prefer night games or day games?
Brink: Definitely night games. It reminds me of my high school playing days and being under the lights. I feel like I play better at night, as well.
Abdullah: I prefer night games; I have way more energy.
If you could make up your own receiving corps, who would be on it?
Brink: Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison