If we were handing out superlatives to the UA seniors, Tevin Hood would be our pick for “most likely to appear on a Comedy Central roast.”
The man has some serious personality; it’s on display daily on Twitter at @THood98.
From tales of riding his bike through campus to his documentation of getting new tattoos, Hood’s Twitter feed is our favorite of any UA player. (B.J. Denker is a close second).
We got some one-on-one time with the nose tackle this week and giggled our entire way through the interview.
Here are the highlights of our conversation with Hood, who has 27 tackles, including four tackles-for-loss, in eight games this season.
The mask: If you watch Arizona games, you’ve probably noticed the giant black ski mask that Hood wears over his face.
What’s the deal with that?
“It’s a voodoo thing,” Hood said laughing. “The first time I wore that mask for a full game was the ASU game last year, and that was the best game I ever had. So I stuck with it. When I put it on, I go to work. I don’t wear it in practice or anything, because when I wear it, I get kinda angry.”
Hood’s mask is, shall we say, a conversation starter.
“The ref against Cal asked me why I wore it, and I told him it was because I got shot in the face when I was younger,” he said smiling. “He looked at me with a blank stare and said ‘Shot in the face?’ I said, ‘Yeah, when I was younger.’ He said, ‘My god!’ He then spotted the ball and walked away and didn’t speak to me the rest of the game.”
Hood said he has to speak a “little more forcefully” when talking to his teammates on game day but said it’s worth it.
The tattoos: Hood got two more tattoos this week and has 70 total.
From different designs to quotes, Hood has all kinds of artwork on his body.
Tattoo No. 69, which is located behind Hood’s left ear, is a quote: “Time waits for no man.”
Tattoo No. 70, on the inside of his arm, is also a quote: “Fate takes a man far from his heart.”
“They’re just a part of me,” Hood said. “I got my first in March of 2010, so not that long ago. And I’ve just been going ever since.”
The incident: Hood’s probably still best known for his sideline fight with teammate Cody Ippolito last year during the New Mexico Bowl. Both players were escorted to the locker room following the fracas, which began as a screaming match and led to blows.
Hood said the two have squashed their beef and have no problem with each other.
“There’s no animosity,” Hood said. “When the whole thing went down it wasn’t even like we had animosity. It was just a heat-of-the-moment-type thing. I had the mask on.
“It was my alter ego. Ever since then, we’ve been cool. I’ll see him out when we’re on campus and there are no problems. His girlfriend knows my girlfriend, and it’s all good.”