Q: What is your full name and the meaning behind it?
A: My full name is David Layne Foote. I believe David is from the Bible and it means "beloved", and Layne is my grandfather’s name. Foote comes over from England.
Q: Why is #27 your jersey number?
A: My brother was number 27 in high school. He was a great player, and it just so happened that I came here to college and that was my number. I thought it was pretty cool that I could go out there and represent him, and it’s just stuck ever since.
Q: You, James Lark and Riley Stephenson all went to the same high school. What was it like playing with them in high school and college?
A: We’re all the same year so it was a lot of fun. We go way back, so we all know each other really well. James and Riley were kind of the big shots. Everyone knew who they were. James was a great player, Riley was a phenomenal kicker. I was just kind of that other guy James would throw the ball to, but it was a lot of fun. Then to be able to come up here and play together, it’s been a lot of fun. We just have a really good friendship.
Q: Describe what it was like coming to BYU as a walk-on and what it takes to play as a walk-on.
A: Originally out of high school I was told to come up here—that I could walk on to the team, so I came up here and worked my butt off in the summer with a lot of hopes to come on in the fall. I tried out and didn’t make it. I was pretty devastated. Then I was told I could lift with the team in the morning with Coach Omer, and fortunately for me, I really like the weight room and lifting, so I never missed that. I got up and tried to work my butt off in the morning and did really well. I got a lot stronger and then I was invited to go play Spring Ball and some guys were injured so I was able to play a lot and had a really good spring. Then when I got back from my mission, Coach Mendenhall called me in and told me before fall camp that I was on the 105. Life as a walk-on is hard and you’ve got to want it, put in your time and work hard, but it just goes to prove that hard work does pay off and I think that’s a tribute to the coaches, especially Coach Mendenhall. He kind of sees us all as equals out here and if you work hard you get rewarded.
Q: When were you awarded a scholarship, and what was that experience like?
A: Just barely this summer. I was up at the Student Athlete Building and Coach Mendenhall told me to go wait in his office so I thought I was in trouble at first. I went in his office and he asked me what I was doing. At the time I was actually trying to fill out Pell Grants and Financial Aid for the fall, but then he told me that I didn’t need to worry about it because I had earned a scholarship and he was putting me on for the fall. It was just a great experience. I gave him a big hug. I was just full of emotions and I just thanked him for that opportunity. When I look back, all the years I’ve played, and all the moments that led up that that—the hard work, and all the frustrations and everything, to finally get rewarded with that, it was a real blessing for me.
Q: This year you have the chance to really make a difference and have some meaningful carries. What does that opportunity this season mean to you?
A: Every time I feel like I’ve gotten a chance I’ve tried to make the most out of it and make something happen. This year if I can get the ball a little more, if that’s what we need, I just want to help our offense in the best way I can. And if that means me getting more carries, I’m really excited about that. I’m going to go out there and give it my all.
Q: In the Hawaii game, you almost got into the end zone. Describe what that play was like.
A: It was actually supposed to go the other way, but Jake (Heaps) flipped the play over on an audible, which made me really excited because I knew I was getting the ball. Then it just opened up. I had some great blocks. I remember Kaneakua (Friel) was coming across the field throwing blocks for me and I was able to kind of open it up down the sideline. I just needed a couple more yards and I would have gotten in.
Q: If the football team started an intramural basketball team, who would be the starting five?
A: I’ve heard Devin Mahina is really good so he could probably start, when he’s healthy, at center or forward. I played ball with Lark and he’s a good power forward, but that’s a hard one. I’ll have to think about it and get back to you.
Q: Who’s your favorite superhero and why?
A: I always liked Captain America, but I really like The Hulk too just because he’s so big and strong and he can take on anything, and that’s kind of the approach you’ve got to have in life and in football—that whatever comes your way, you can take it on.
Q: If you were stranded on an island and you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: That’s a tough one. If it was a fruit, I would want to have mango. But if it was a plate of food, I would just have some good barbeque.