Pilot in the Spotlight: Ricardo Carrillo

By The Beacon | November 14, 2012 9:00pm

Ricardo Carrillo (Photograph courtesy of Ricardo Carrillo)

By PJ Marcello, Staff Writer marcello13@up.edu

With the end of the 2012 season nearing and graduation on the horizon, two-time WCC Player of the Week senior forward Ricardo Carrillo talks about the seniors' holiday season, FIFA soccer and what being a 90s baby is all about.

What do you hope to say after you are finished with your four years here?

"Just that me and the guys graduating this year did the most we could to leave the program in a place that we want to see it going in the future. We get told that a lot by our coaches, to leave the program in a better place than when we got here, so that's what we are trying to accomplish."

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

"Well I like mashed potatoes, turkey of course, stuffing, fried chicken, and I like potato salad as well."

Fried chicken? I don't know if I've ever had that on Thanksgiving, but it sounds like an awesome addition.

I think that's just kind of a craving I'm having right now because I haven't had lunch yet."

If we were to play your iPod right now, what would be playing?

"Oh, probably some reggae like Revolution or Iration. Revolution is probably my favorite artist right now."

What is your favorite holiday to celebrate?

"It would be a toss up between Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I'd have to say Thanksgiving. I like the fall, the fall is my favorite season, so Thanksgiving has that going for it and we eat so much food, so I would say that's my favorite."

Who do you look up to most athletically?

"Athletically... well my favorite soccer player is Kaká, he's a Brazilian who is playing overseas in Spain right now. I'd have to say it's him."

That leads me to have to ask who you play with in FIFA, and are you good?

"Oh! I usually play with Manchester City and I had Adam Johnson on there, but he got traded pretty recently. We always have these competitions at our house and I'd have to say, I probably am one of the better players on a good day. Usually our competitions get pretty heated. Not like people throwing controllers or anything, but it's usually how we settle arguments.

What was the best thing about growing up in the 90s?"I have to say the cartoons, Hey Arnold!, The Rugrats and the Angry Beavers were some of my favorites. I think some of them are on Netflix now and even some of them are starting to be shown again on late night TV. You see some of the shows kids are growing up with now and they just don't seem as fun."

What's the best stress relief from school?

"Usually, I get my stress relief from when we're on soccer trips. But if it's not that I just like to go on walks, go hiking, stuff like that, or just relaxing at home and watching T.V."

What are your post graduation plans?

"I'd like to just go home for awhile, then travel a little bit, get a little break from school. I'd like to go to some places in Europe. I've never been over the Atlantic, so it would be nice to be able to go to Spain or Italy."