Q: How are you a better offensive lineman now than when you got to Penn State? Who has helped you get there?
FASHANU: As far as who helped me get there, definitely all my teammates, Coach (Phil) Trautwein, Coach (James) Franklin, the whole staff. I like to think it was a collective effort. Everyone just continuously giving me advice, coaching me up, never letting up on me, and I think that in a sense, it gave me that mindset to never be complacent with where you’re at; you can always get better. And I think that me having that mindset has allowed me to gradually improve from the time that I got here to this point.
Q: What are some ways you’ve fine-tuned your game as far as technique or how you study film?
FASHANU: I know some people have different ways, but I like to find any small issue in my game, run or pass, that I want to work on. For the spring, it was a consistent focus on run or pass. I wasn’t really attacking one or the other, I just wanted to gradually improve day by day. And as far as film, just getting to watch more film, (watch) more defenses, more defensive lines, to see if I could pick up more tendencies quicker. The biggest thing for me is just staying consistent and never taking a day off.
Q: Do you have any football role models or favorite players you’ve admired over the years?
FASHANU: Role models, in terms of football, not really. But I do have favorite players. I watch a lot of Andrew Thomas film. Lane Johnson. I think every offensive tackle probably watches a good amount of Trent Williams. I watch a lot of Penei Sewell … just a good mix. But if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Andrew Thomas.
Q: You’re a supply chain major. What about that has appealed to you?
FASHANU: Supply chain has grown in popularity as a major due to COVID and how many issues that almost every company had with their supply chain getting messed up, so there’s a high demand in people who specialize in that field. That intrigued me. Originally when I came into college, I wanted to do cybersecurity, but after my freshman year I wasn’t as interested. I decided to take an entry-level supply chain class and ended up enjoying it a lot more, and with supply chain, it’s very broad in terms of job opportunities.
Q: What’s been your favorite class at Penn State?
FASHANU: This one class I just finished, it was a Maymester class, a supply chain class, SCM 450, the professor was Dr. (Felisa) Higgins, and it was by far the best class I’ve ever taken at Penn State. It was a very enjoyable class that challenged me every day to figure out different solutions. It was a really interactive class. I haven’t been engaged in that type of class for a while.
Q: What’s your favorite meal?
FASHANU: Depending on who cooks it, I can take down a good rib-eye with some roasted potatoes.
Q: Favorite musical artist?
FASHANU: Uhh … I don’t really have one. I listen to a lot of them.
Q: What was the last book you read?
FASHANU: The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
FASHANU: Not really. I’m ambidextrous. I can do a lot of things with both hands.
Q: What will you miss most about Penn State?
FASHANU: Definitely my teammates, especially the class that I was recruited in. We’re all pretty tight and we’ve been through a lot of stuff as a class together.