Mookie Carlile, a 2014 graduate of Stephenville High School, is a 6-1, 220-pound redshirt junior defensive back playing football at Tarleton State University.

He was a team captain, and a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets, including the big 2012 state championship season. He earned second-team all-state his sophomore season at SHS, and last year for TSU he made the Lone Star Conference’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Previously, he played football at the University of Texas-El Paso, seeing action in 12 games as a redshirt freshman. There, he was twice named academic all-conference in Conference USA. He attended TCU in the spring semester of 2017.

Carlile and the Texans will open their 2018 season Thursday at home against Delta State. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Here are five questions to help you get to know Mookie even better:

E-T: What is your second favorite sport, behind football?

Mookie: “Baseball. I always loved pitching. My earliest memory was playing T-ball. A lot of (the decision to stick with football) was just simply I was better in football. I played basketball, too.”

E-T: Do you set a football goal for yourself each season?

Mookie: “I never set any goal. Even in high school I strived to get interceptions, but tackling is a big deal for me. But I never set numbers for myself.”

E-T: What sports moment stands out the most for you?

Mookie: “We (the Yellow Jackets) won state in 2012, but for me it’s not necessarily one moment. It was always the grind of the season.”

E-T: What is your college major?

Mookie: “Kinesiology.”

E-T: What do you want to do after finishing college?

Mookie: “I want to be a college coach. I would like to be at the 6A or college level.”