Paladin Walk: Patrick, tell us what your doing at Air Force, and what led you to Colorado?
I am an Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Varsity but I am also the Junior Varsity Off. Coordinator/Off. Line Coach. Basically I am Coach Hendrix's assistant. At Air Force we have a J.V. team that normally consists of freshman and some sophomores. We play a 5 to 6 game schedule against Junior Colleges and our own Prep School. We do not redshirt any of our freshman so instead we give them a chance for some playing time.
I was working at Coastal Carolina this past season with a great staff. I was an Assistant Strength Coach and had a great time working with all the players in the weight room. But I had a strong desire to coach on the field and particularly o-line. Coach Hendrix accepted the job at Air Force this past off-season and I got a call from him a month or two later. This position came open and since I was still very familiar with Coach Hendrix's terminology having played for him for four years I had a pretty good shot at the job. I can't imagine a greater opportunity then to work at a place with a great winning tradition while doing what I love to do.
Paladin Walk: Is coaching going to be a career for Patrick Covington?
And do you think we might see you coaching for the Paladins in the future?
I hope I can make a career of coaching. I think I have the greatest job in the world. I get to spend time with high quality people in an enthusiastic environment where everyone is striving towards the same goal. I love going to work everyday. I really can't imagine myself having as much fun doing anything else. I would love to coach at Furman one day. Having played at FU I know what a great place it is. If that opportunity would arise I would definitely jump on it.
Paladin Walk: You were a helluva consistent player for Furman, the one play that sticks out is seeing you run 60 yards to chase down the Appalachian defender to save a touchdown in the 2005 playoff game. What was running through your mind? And on a good note, what’s your favorite memory as a Paladin?
Ha. I never thought my last play would be a tackle. Believe it or not I thought I was going to strip that ball and make something happen. I felt like I was running as fast as I could until I saw how slow I looked on film.
There are so many great memories on and off the field from my experience as a Paladin. On the field would have to be when we beat App. State in the regular season of my senior year. I just remember what an emotional game that was for all of us. They had managed to beat us the prior years in close games where they could have gone either way. Off the field there are so many great memories I can't list them all. Being around the guys on the team and going to eat at the Ham House or Stax together. Stuff like that is what you remember the most. The lasting relationships that I developed with my teammates.
Paladin Walk: Did you ever have a favorite play or formation at Furman?
It would have to be our short yardage/goal line play that everyone has seen a million times because Jerome Felton usually scored on that play. The quick hitter to the fullback with the playside guard pulling. You just always knew we were going to gain yardage.
Paladin Walk: Your dad Dwight was responsible for getting the Paladin Walk started on gameday. What did the walk mean to you as a player?
You know I wish we had that all 4 years I was there. I think it added even more tradition to the game day experience at Paladin Stadium. I think it also put a spotlight on the Statue.
Paladin Walk: Clay Hendrix has built many quality offensive lines at Furman. What did you learn from Clay as a player that helps you now as a coach?
I was very fortunate to play for Coach Hendrix. He taught us to play with consistency and have an understanding that if everyone does their job we were always going to be successful. More importantly he always treats every one of his players equally and with respect.
Paladin Walk: What is the most important characteristic a football player needs to have to have the type of success that you enjoyed at Furman?
Every player that is recruited to come to FU has the skills to become a solid college football player. I think what you see in the guys that succeed is their ability to become great team players. Guys that I played with like Rodney Johnson, Billy Napier, Corey Stewart, and many more that you saw excel on the field were the ones leading by example and pushing people to buy into the goals we set as team.
Paladin Walk: What do you think about the current crop of Paladins manning the offensive line?
I think there are a couple of young guys there that are physically a lot more talented than I was. I think in the past season many of those young guys got a lot of game time experience which will only add to the depth for the 2007 season. They had some good senior mentors in Adi and John, and that will help immensely.
Paladin Walk: Now for some serious questions. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii?
I had a Playstation 2 in college but haven't played it in awhile.
Paladin Walk: What’s one thing about Patrick Covington that would surprise Furman fans?
You know I really don't know. Probably that, before I committed to FU my senior of high school I was really close to committing to App. State. They were the first to offer me. I'm still glad I didn't.
Patrick thanks for taking the time to answer some questions and good luck this season with the Falcons.