April 5, 2007
Charbonnet says its different
When defensive back Daniel Charbonnet transferred to Texas Tech from Duke University last year, it would have been hard to predict that he would make as big of an impact in Lubbock as he has. When wondering what the spirit of Texas Tech is, one need look no further than Mr. Charbonnet.
The safety, who is an alumni of the Woodlands, shows up everyday ready to work, and though he is arguably a bit undersized for a strong safety (6-foot, 193-pounds), the junior-to-be has earned a reputation as a big hitter with a big work ethic, and someone whose fearless attitude allows him to play much bigger than he is.
After making the switch from the ACC to the Big 12 following his freshman season in which he played in every game, Charbonnet says he's enjoying every moment of being a Red Raider.
"I love it," he answered when asked about the transition. "I mean, it's a night and day difference, just the community, the school, and everything. I love the coaches here and the team atmosphere too. We're closer this year than we've ever been since I've been here. It's just a lot of fun, I love being in Lubbock and I love winning and going to a bowl game every year too. That makes a big difference."
Charbonnet also took a moment to expound on the team's improved chemistry.
"It seems like we like to hang out a lot more," he said. "We're doing team activities, like putt-putt and bowling, and tomorrow we're going to go hang out with the Boys and Girls Club. Sometimes you used to feel kind of obligated to do stuff, but this year, you really want to because you're hanging out with your friends."
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