UP CLOSE: Brandon Gaskins

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Nickname: Skins

Favorite cold cereal: Quaker 100% Granola

Why did I choose to play football over other sports: There is no break in the action.

Before a football game, I: Listen to my ipod.

How did I spend my off-season: Hanging out with my wife. Golfing with teammates.

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: I played against Prince Fielder in a high school baseball game. He’s pretty good.

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Throw out the first pitch at a Major League baseball game.

One place I would like to visit: Europe (all of it)!

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Hanging out with my family.

How did I select my jersey number: I wore 16 as a little kid. Joe Montana was my favorite player.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Golf is fun, also just hanging out with my wife.

What is the best book I’ve ever read: Men of Valor

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Has not happened yet.

My most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU: MCom 320 with Warren Brunson.

My advice to youngsters: Watch the people older than you, and learn from their mistakes.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: I don’t really have anything that I can’t live without.

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I’d have to show you is: Probably the Creamery on 9th. What a great place. Or the Peaks (Seven Peaks).

If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” I would definitely win.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Long snapper, that guy has it easy.

One rule I’d change in college football is: I’d let the linemen get more involved in catching passes.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they would include: The prophet.

On game day my friends and relatives: Don’t watch the game. They don’t get the Mountain in New Mexico.

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