Despite being one of the smallest players on the field, senior defensive back Reggie Rembert is large in stature when it comes to his performance on the gridiron. Since the 5-foot-8, 185 pounder from Flower Mound, Texas, set foot on the practice field in the fall of 2007, he's made an impact for the Falcons in several areas.
Rembert leads all Falcons with 41 games played and 29 career starts. With 144 career tackles and seven career interceptions, Rembert has been a key component of the Falcon defensive secondary the last four years.
In addition to his defensive skills, Rembert has been a special teams standout, as the all-time leader at Air Force in kickoff returns and return yardage. He has averaged 21.4 yards per kickoff return and 10.2 yards on punt returns over his career.
As he winds down his four years at Air Force, Rembert sat down with communications assistant Nick Arseniak and answered some questions about being a defensive back and Falcon football in general.
As a senior on the team, what has been the biggest change in the game for you since your freshman season?
"I would probably say the speed of the game. The game has slowed down a lot and I am a lot more comfortable in my position and I'm able to react as opposed to thinking so much."
How has your role on the team changed in four years, now that you are a senior?
"Well, as a freshman I was just along for the ride and I would just sit back and was definitely a follower. Now I consider myself a leader. So my role has changed from being a follower to a leader on the team."
The Falcon secondary is a tight-knit unit. How would you describe your relationship with your fellow defensive backs?
"I would describe it as a family. We spend time together. We have each others back and we keep each other focused and out of trouble."
This is your last chance to get a win against Navy. Is this a pretty important game for you guys?
"This is huge for our program and I would be lying if I said it wasn't huge for me! They have beat us for as long as I have been here, and it is my last chance to bring that trophy back to Colorado, and to go see President Obama so hopefully we get it done."
What has allowed the secondary to become one of the team's strengths the past few years?
"Experience, trust, and friendship. Just about all of us in the secondary have played in this scheme for a few years so we are able to just play. There isn't much thinking going on when we are out there on Saturdays. We also trust each other, we know that if one of us is supposed to do something then that person is going to be there. Also the coaches seem to trust us and allow us to take calculated risks which typically turn out to be big plays. And then friendship, we are all boys and we hang out together on the weekends. We are as close to being a family as we can be."
What's something most people don't know about the Falcon DB's?
"We really take pride in ourselves as a unit and as a defense. We are very coachable and have bought into what the coaches have to say."
You and fellow DB Anthony Wright, Jr. are pretty competitive? Do you guys get along well off the field?
"We get along great! We are pretty much like brothers, and honestly we are competitive, but we haven't ever had an argument or disagreement or anything like that. A-Wright is a really nice guy and I haven't ever seen him really mad. So we really get along well."
Anything embarrassing about Anthony you could tell the Falcon Fans?
"I have to think of something different than last year. Umm, he is a fat kid at heart. Loves to eat sweets, cake, candy, whatever. Most people on the team call him Touchdown Tony, or Zeus Wright, but a couple of the DB's call him Piggy, because he loves sweets."
What is one thing you've yet to accomplish at the collegiate football level that you'd like to?
"To be an All-American. I have been blessed to have been considered an all-conference player but would like to take the next step this year and that next step is All-American."
Why did you decide to come to the Academy instead of playing at a school in Texas?
"I told my parents at a young age that they weren't going to have to pay for my college. And because I was small a lot of schools weren't interested in me no matter what my stats were in high school. Size was a huge turn off for schools. I also told myself I wanted to play at the biggest stage and out of high school that would be Division I. Fortunately, when no other teams would give me a chance, Air Force did. And looking back I am happy where God placed me."
What has been the toughest thing about playing football at Air Force?
"Balancing academics, military and Div. I football. Its very tough."
What has been the best thing?
"Definitely the friends you make. We go through more than any other school in America, minus Army and Navy, yet we still do what we do on the field and the brotherhood. Because of that it's amazing."
What advice do you have for youngsters that aspire to play collegiate sports?
"Work hard and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Just use those negative comments to fuel your fire. I have heard it all about my size, I have heard a lot of what I "can't" do and I have already proven a lot of people wrong."
What are your plans upon graduation?
"As of now I am going to be an acquisitions officer with an OPEX tour in Aircraft maintenance. But I am thinking about flying, I think that would be a lot of fun."