Senior Stories: Doug Webb

Senior Stories: Doug Webb

"Doug has steadily improved at the defensive tackle position to the point where he has the potential to control the line of scrimmage." – Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football
Q: What is your concentration?

Q: What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
Once football is finished, I am going to look for a field of work that I am passionate about. I am not sure what exactly that might be, but it would be cool to work for an athletic team and be able to teach kids life lessons through sports.
Q: What is your first memory of football?
My first memory of football would be back home in my yard, my buddy and I would put on shoulder pads and a helmet then run around and just tackle each other. When it comes to actual competitive football, I started playing in high school where I was an offensive tackle and basically every play I would ask the guard next to me where the play was going and what my assignment was.
Q: What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard?
Time management is definitely the trickiest part about being a student–athlete here at Harvard. From our practice schedule, to my class schedule, I still have to find time to be able to get my meals in as well as good rest. This has definitely become easier over the years, as you continue to learn how to better manage your time each year.

Q: What's the best part about a home football day?
The best part about a home football day is being able to go through the same routine that I've gone through every day that week. Being able to go to your own locker room and know exactly what's going to happen leading up to game time just makes everything that much more relaxed and comfortable. 

Q: Who do you like lining up against in practice?
DJ Mott. He's a competitor in every aspect of the game. I know he's going to prepare me for each and every Friday or Saturday that week, and no one I play against would play with as much fire as he brings to every rep.
Q: Do you have a nickname and how did it come about?
DuWebb. It's actually a nickname for my teammate James Duberg and me. We play the same position, live together, and basically do everything together. If you see one of us, you're bound to see the other nearby.
Q: What do you think of when you hear Harvard's mission statement of "Education through Athletics?" 
I always knew Harvard was known for their academics, but throughout these five years, I have learned more on the football field than in any classroom. I know that I will be able to use everything learned in the classroom and the football field for the rest of my life.
Q: How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life? 
I've definitely learned a lot about discipline, teamwork, and time management through football here at Harvard. Freshman year, I learned how important being on time was the hard way. One day for lift, I showed up a minute late, and I can promise you I will never be late to anything in my life again. 
Q: When you leave Harvard, what do you want your legacy to be? 
I want to be remembered as someone who worked hard for what I achieved. Coming in injured as a freshman, I felt like I was overlooked, yet through determination and hard work I have put myself in a position to be a big part of this program's success.
Q: If you could go back, what would you tell yourself when you were a freshman?
I would be sure to tell myself that no matter what, enjoy your time with your teammates, because these next four or five years are going to fly by.
Q: If you weren't playing football, you would be…
Out in the Gulf of Mexico fishing on my cousin's boat. There is nothing better than a good day of fishing offshore.
Q: What is your favorite memory on the football field? 
My junior year, I was able to experience College GameDay for the Harvard Yale game. The atmosphere was the most electric I've ever felt before a football game, and we were able to cap off a perfect season by beating Yale that day, 31-24.

Q: Where are your favorite places to eat in the square? 
Market in the Square by far. It's a market/deli that's open 24 hours and the people who work there are awesome. Have Santos make you a Grand Canyon there and your life will be changed.

Q: If you could do anything for a day without any cost considerations, what would it be?
I would definitely want floor seats to an NBA Finals game 7, in Houston of course. I have always loved basketball, and to be able to see my favorite team up close and win a championship would be priceless.
Q: Best and worst football movies of all-time? Why?
Best football movie is Remember The Titans because it shows the importance of sports within a community and how they can bring a group of people together that might not get along without them. Is it possible to make a bad football movie?
Q: What is the best thing about being from your hometown? 
The best thing about being from my hometown, Richmond, Texas, is that everything that you could ask for is within a reasonable distance. You have great fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, amazing food all around you, lakes and rivers to hang out with friends and family, as well as some of the best hunting locations in the world all within driving distance.

Q: What is the best advice (about football or life) anyone has ever given you?
The best advice I have received would be to do what you enjoy in life, and if you work hard at what you enjoy, you will achieve goals you would never imagine of achieving.