Emmanuel Ellerbee ’18

Photo by Tommy LaVergne


The son of a statistics teacher and the grandson of a prominent jazz drummer, Emmanuel Ellerbee ’18 brings more than just grit to the gridiron. The senior linebacker and team captain is also a “Star Wars” fanatic who likes to listen to Frank Sinatra and wants to make a career out of building more sustainable sports stadiums. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from leading the team in tackles (as of press time), entering this season as the Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year or throwing on some Kanye West and Drake. “But not the emotional Drake,” he said. “The I’m-trying-to-be-a-hip-hop-artist, in-the-streets Drake.”


5:30 a.m.
A cache of iPhone alarms ring; snooze buttons are hit

“I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m., and then I wrestle with the sleep demon until about 5:45 a.m.”

6:30 a.m.
Workouts at the Brian Patterson Center

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast at Baker College: four scrambled eggs (shout to Mr. Delfino at the Baker College kitchen), turkey sausage, a waffle, spinach and hash browns

9 a.m.
Class: Lifetime Physical Activity Program — golf

1 p.m.
Class: Sustainable Design with James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law

2:30 p.m.
Lab: Environmental Chemistry

4 p.m.

“I remember watching football as a little kid and literally putting my hand down on the ground in front of the TV screen.”

6 p.m.
Dinner with the team at the Brian Patterson Center

7 p.m.


“Then I wake up at 5:45 the next morning to do it all over again.”